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  • And Now The Roy Awards For The Best NHL Playoff Goaltending Performances

    UPDATE (May 14, 7:28 a.m.): Game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals on Wednesday night featured more top-notch goaltending from Lundqvist (35 saves) and Holtby (37 saves). The Rangers won 2-1 — every game in the series was decided by one goal — and both goalies beat their combined save percentage for the series. Mike Richter1997NYRNJD5.236.7+1.9 Marc-Andre Fleury98.8-3.7-3.7 Most of the Roy winners in this category comport well with the conventional wisdom. Four of the top six goaltenders — Roy in 1993 and 2001, Thomas in 2011 and Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 2003 — also won the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the MVP of the NHL playoffs.Finally, the Roy for the best lifetime playoff performance goes to … Patrick Roy.Best Performances Marc-Andre Fleury2010PIT13.3-12.3-1.6 Patrick Lalime2002OTTPHI5.337.6+2.0 Chris Osgood127.53.3+4.2 Jaroslav Halak2010MTLWSH5.727.6+1.6 Henrik Lundqvist105.84.4+4.6 Martin Brodeur2003NJD24.810.7+2.6 102004Maple Leafs (Belfour)Senators (Lalime)7.9361.70+2.3 Curtis Joseph2001TOROTT4.238.5+1.6 Patrick Roy1996COLFLA4.735.4+1.7 71994Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)7.9291.96+2.6 Greg Millen1988STL10.0-15.8-1.6 Jean-Sebastien Giguere52.86.2+3.3 In the chart, MP/60 stands for minutes played divided by 60. Since a regulation NHL game is 60 minutes long, it essentially just means games played, although goalies will get extra credit for games that go to overtime.5Dominik Hasek, for instance, is credited with playing the equivalent of 8.1 games in the 1994 Sabres-Devils first-round series because one of the games went to four overtimes. The next column shows the goalie’s net change in win probability per 60 minutes played. Multiplying this number by MP/60 produces net wins — how many wins a goalie added or subtracted from his team relative to an average playoff goalie. That’s what we use to hand out Roys.So the Roy for best goaltending in a single playoff series goes to… Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, for his performance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks had been the NHL’s highest-scoring team in the regular season and launched more than 35 shots per game at Thomas. And yet he allowed only eight goals in the seven-game series, including a shutout in the final.Thomas is followed by his fellow Bruin, Tuukka Rask, who allowed just two goals against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. He was even more effective than Thomas on a per-shot basis, with a .985 save percentage. Perhaps he was too good for his own good, in fact — the Bruins swept the series, so he played substantially fewer minutes than Thomas. In third place is Ottawa’s Patrick Lalime, who allowed two goals in five games against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2002.The performance by Buffalo’s Dominik Hasek in the Sabres’ 1994 opening-round series against the New Jersey Devils ranks fourth, and Hasek also holds a couple of other distinctions. First, he wins the Roy for the best performance in an individual game, stopping all 70 New Jersey shots in a legendary four-overtime shutout in Game 6 of the series. And he and the Devils’ Martin Brodeur share the Roy for the best combined goaltending performance in a single series: Patrick Roy2001COL24.213.0+3.2 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDAMIN4.537.2+1.7 From 1988 onward, Roy was 15 wins better than an average playoff goaltender, easily outdistancing second-place Ed Belfour. And that under-rates Roy, since it doesn’t give him credit for 1986, when Roy, then 20 years old, had a 1.92 postseason GAA in leading the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. Roy also does really well by conventional playoff statistics — he had 151 career playoff wins, easily the best all-time — but he earned them.In other cases, however, the advanced stats provide some insight that isn’t as clear from traditional stats. While Brodeur had a considerably better career playoff GAA than Roy, for instance, he’s relatively far behind him in net wins, since the Devils’ neutral-zone trap prevented him from facing all that many shots and since he played in a low-scoring era.Meanwhile, the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury ranks as the third-worst playoff goaltender since 1988 despite a winning (53-44) career playoff record. That’s because it’s easy to win games when you have Crosby scoring goals for you. Our support-neutral stat detects that Fleury really hasn’t been much good in the playoffs.Lundqvist, meanwhile, ranks as the sixth-best playoff goaltender since 1988, while Holtby ranks ninth — despite being in just his fifth NHL season. After Wednesday night, one of them will have the chance to add to his legend, while the other will have plenty of time to watch Patrick Roy clips on YouTube. Patrick Roy1993MTLQUE6.325.3+1.6 Ron Hextall1988PHI6.3-25.6-1.6 Tim Thomas2011BOSVAN7.0+34.2%+2.4 Braden Holtby34.810.5+3.7 41997Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)5.9611.15+2.6 11994Devils (Brodeur)Sabres (Hasek)7.9431.61+3.3 32011Bruins (Thomas)Canucks (Luongo)7.9362.16+2.6 62002Senators (Lalime)Flyers (Cechmanek)5.9611.05+2.6 Ed Belfour2004TOROTT7.425.3+1.9 Tuukka Rask2013BOS24.414.8+3.6 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDA23.515.8+3.7 John Vanbiesbrouck1996FLA22.218.3+4.1 51993Maple Leafs (Potvin)Blues (Joseph)7.9382.06+2.6 Jonathan Quick78.14.3+3.3 Who says low-scoring hockey games are boring?The New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and the Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby have put on a heart-stopping and spectacular goaltending duel in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which will conclude with Game 7 in New York on Wednesday night. So far, every game in the series has been decided by one goal, with Lundqvist and Holtby combining for a 1.80 goals against average (GAA) and a .943 save percentage.Lundqvist and Holtby have been among the better playoff goalies in recent NHL history, and the Rangers-Caps series has been in the upper echelon of goaltending battles. But a few have been even better. In their honor, we’re going to be handing out some Roy Awards for the best postseason goaltending performances since 1988. (Why are they called Roy Awards? That will become clear in a moment.)How to measure goaltending success is a subject of debate among hockey geeks. But here’s one approach, which is inspired by Baseball Prospectus’s Support Neutral Win-Loss (SNWL), a statistic designed to evaluate baseball pitchers. As SNWL seeks to evaluate pitchers while controlling for their run support, our goalie statistic will seek to give goaltenders credit for wins and losses without being biased toward those goalies who have better offenses scoring goals for them. It will also control for the number of shots the goaltenders faced and the quality of their opponents. Allowing three goals — as Lundqvist did Sunday — is not that impressive, but it looks a lot better when you consider he faced 45 shots against the Capitals, who have one of the NHL’s best offenses.Here’s how it works. I downloaded data from Hockey-Reference.com on all NHL playoff games since 1988. (Hockey-Reference, as terrific as it is, doesn’t have detailed game-by-game data before then.) For each game, I compared each goalie’s actual GAA against a benchmark GAA that represents how you’d expect an average playoff goalie to perform under the same circumstances. The benchmark GAA is calculated1Via a linear regression analysis. based on the number of shots the goalie faced, his opponent’s goal-scoring and shooting percentage during the regular season, and whether he was playing at home or on the road. During Friday’s Game 5, for instance — with the Rangers playing at home and the Capitals generating relatively few shots — Lundqvist’s benchmark GAA was 2.17. But on Sunday, on the road and with the Caps taking 45 shots on goal, his benchmark GAA was 3.56.The next step is to translate the benchmark GAA and the goalie’s actual GAA into win probabilities,2Win probabilities are calculated using a Poisson distribution. assuming that the goalie had average offensive support.3Average offensive support is calculated based on leaguewide goal scoring per game during the NHL regular season, adjusted slightly downward because playoff games are lower-scoring on average. For Friday’s Game 5, for instance, Lundqvist’s benchmark 2.17 GAA translates into a 52 percent win probability. But Lundqvist’s actual performance, allowing just one goal, raised the Rangers’ win probability to 80 percent. So Lundqvist gets credit for +0.28 net wins, the difference between the two figures. (Actually, he gets credit for slightly more than that, since the game went to overtime.)4More specifically, Lundqvist is credited with +0.28 wins per 60 minutes of ice time. Since he was actually on the ice for 69 minutes, counting overtime, the number is scaled up proportionately to +0.32 wins.First up, here are the Roys for goaltending in a single playoff series:Best Performances GOALIEMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Patrick Roy227.7+6.6%+15.0 Dan Cloutier22.7-16.9-3.8 Patrick Roy1989MTL20.114.7+3.0 Trevor Kidd1995CGYSJS7.2-24.3-1.8 Ron Hextall1988PHIWSH6.3-25.6-1.6  Worst Performances Patrick Roy1993MTL21.6+19.6%+4.2 Worst Performances John Vanbiesbrouck47.511.3+5.4 Dan Cloutier2003VAN13.9-17.9%-2.5 COMBINED STATS Trevor Kidd1995CGY7.2-24.3-1.8 Kirk McLean1994VAN25.711.8+3.0 Why does that Devils-Sabres series rank so highly? Hasek and Brodeur’s conventional statistics were great, but not obviously better than some other goaltending duels, like that between the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Dallas Stars’ Marty Turco in 2007. One reason is because of that quadruple overtime game, which made the matchup the equivalent of an eight-game series. But another is because the series was played in 1994, when goal-scoring was about 20 percent higher than it is now. So it stands out more by comparison.The current Rangers-Caps series ranks as the 17th-best goalie duel so far: Holtby has contributed 1.0 net wins and Lundqvist 0.8, for a combined 1.8. It could plausibly move into the top 10 if Game 7 is low-scoring.We can also award a Roy for the best goaltending in a single playoff season. It goes to … Patrick Roy, who added 4.2 wins in the 1993 NHL playoffs. Roy’s performance ranks highly in part because it came against some high-flying offenses. His playoff opponents — the Nordiques, Sabres, Islanders and Kings — had each averaged about four goals per game during the regular season.Best Performances Tuukka Rask2013BOSPIT4.647.2+2.2 Felix Potvin1993TORSTL7.721.5+1.7 172015Rangers (Lundqvist)Capitals (Holtby)6+.9431.80+1.8 81999Maple Leafs (Joseph)Flyers (Vanbiesbrouck)6.9461.46+2.3 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDADET4.834.8+1.7 Mike Vernon1997DET20.512.8+2.6 GOALIEYEARTEAMMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Worst Performances GOALIEYEARTEAMOPP.MP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS GOALIEYEARTEAMOPP.MP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Craig Anderson26.812.3+3.3 Dominik Hasek1994BUFNJD8.124.2+2.0 Corey Crawford2014CHILAK7.4-27.8-2.1 GOALIEYEARTEAMMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Tuukka Rask50.85.9+3.0 Tim Thomas2011BOS25.712.5+3.2 92002Hurricanes (Irbe)Maple Leafs (Joseph)6.9501.25+2.3 Ed Belfour165.76.3+10.4 Arturs Irbe2002CARTOR6.427.9+1.8 Kelly Hrudey65.3-6.8%-4.5 Martin Brodeur211.93.6+7.7 Antti Niemi61.0-4.5-2.8 SEASONSERIES WINNER (MAIN GOALIE)SERIES LOSER (MAIN GOALIE)GAMESSAVE%GAANET GT WINS 22007Canucks (Luongo)Stars (Turco)7.9511.36+2.9 SEASONHIGHER SEED (MAIN GOALIE)LOWER SEED (MAIN GOALIE)GAMESSAVE%GAANET GT WINS Curtis Joseph135.12.6+3.5 GOALIEMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Dominik Hasek1999BUF20.312.4+2.5 Dan Cloutier2003VANMIN6.9-31.3%-2.2 Olaf Kolzig46.66.9+3.2 Martin Brodeur1995NJD20.413.3+2.7 Curtis Joseph1999TORBUF4.6-33.2-1.5 John Vanbiesbrouck1996FLAPIT7.026.9+1.9 Sean Burke35.8-9.1-3.2 Tim Thomas51.98.3+4.3 Dominik Hasek121.96.2+7.6 Patrick Roy1996COL24.211.6+2.8 Jonathan Quick2012LAK20.614.1+2.9 Martin Brodeur1994NJD19.513.6+2.6 read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse suffers first loss of season 169 at Massachusetts

    OSU then-junior attacker Carter Brown (14) during the Buckeyes’ 15-12 win against Johns Hopkins on March 5 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team early-season winning run came to an end on Saturday.The Buckeyes lost to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 16-9 for their first loss and the Minutemen’s first win of the season.In similar fashion to their first two games, the Buckeyes fell into an early deficit. UMass won the opening faceoff, and junior attacker Gianni Bianchin scored his first of three goals in the half to give the Minutemen an early 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray rebounded, however, and went on a 4-1 run to end the first quarter. Junior midfielder John Kelly scored two of his four goals in the quarter, and senior attacker Carter Brown threw a strike into the upper corner of the net for his third goal of the season to give OSU a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter.However, on a mission to defend its home field, UMass came out of the gate strong in the second quarter.Bianchin scored two early goals to tie the game at four, and sophomore midfielder Buddy Carr scored his first of four goals with 8:23 left to cap a 4-0 Minutemen run and give the home team a 6-4 lead.OSU was unable to get any offensive momentum in the second quarter until Kelly scored with 4:47 remaining. An additional goal for each team to end the half gave UMass a 7-6 lead heading into the break.The Minutemen outshot the Buckeyes 20-13 in the first half, while OSU had a 7-5 advantage in faceoffs, leading to a relatively even first half between the two teams.Such was not the case in the second half.UMass blitzed the Buckeye defense in the second half, outscoring OSU 9-3 en route to a 16-9 finish. The Minutemen held a significant advantage in time of possession, leading to a 17-11 advantage in goal attempts.One reason for the disparity in goals scored in the second half was how UMass was able to capitalize on its opportunities. The Minutemen were able to score off OSU turnovers and empty-netters late in the game.On the other hand, the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on extra-man opportunities following UMass penalties the entire game, including a small stretch when the OSU had a two-man advantage.One bright spot for the Buckeyes was the play of junior midfield specialist Jake Withers. Although he was unable to gain an extreme advantage in faceoffs like the previous two games, he did win the overall faceoff battle 13-12, extending his streak of positive differentials to three games.The Scarlet and Gray will try to rebound from the loss when they are set to go up against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Friday at Ohio Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. read more

  • Football JT Barretts improving accuracy tight end most improved position and more

    Nine spring practices have come and gone for the Ohio State football team and the depth chart appears more definite just a week-and-a-half before the spring game.Coach Urban Meyer discussed the ongoing position battles and some standout performers in spring practice, while also revealing that sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the spring. Meyer added that Harrison has been “having a tremendous spring” and “will compete for a starting spot” once he is healthy again.Here are five takeaways from Meyer’s Tuesday’s press conference.Barrett improving accuracyComing off a season where redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed his lowest percentage of passes in his career, Barrett has been working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on improving his accuracy and trying to rediscover the success he found in his redshirt freshman season.Last season, Barrett completed just 61.8 percent of passes, 1.5 percent worse than his 2015 season and 2.8 percent less than his redshirt freshman season.“I thought his freshman year, he was a very accurate player and the last two years weren’t quite as accurate,” Meyer said. “Our deep ball percentage was the best that it’s been since we’ve been here last week. We were charting everything and JT and the boys did a really good job. We didn’t catch all of them, but as far as accuracy, it was almost something like 90 percent and that’s what we’re looking for.”Burrow leading the race for backup quarterbackThere was never really a competition for the starting quarterback job with Barrett’s return, but Meyer offered insight on the battle for the No. 2 at the position.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow currently stands out among the quarterbacks to serve as Barrett’s backup in the upcoming season, but freshman quarterback Tate Martell is still taking plenty of reps, Meyer said.“I’d say Joe is ahead of them, but they’re both getting reps,” he said. “Tate had his best day, too, the other day in the scrimmage, so it’s good competition there and that brings out the best in people. We all know what happened a couple years ago where all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘You’re the starter. Go beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.’ And they did it. So that position is a key guy.”Offensive-line recruiting has ‘missed’ in the pastPart of the reason the offense struggled to produce at its same level in 2016 was because of an offensive line that did not provide the same level of pass protection that it had in years past.Meyer said that two of his offensive-line classes “didn’t turn out” the way he had hoped, but that he has a trio of offensive lineman who are really coming along in practice and should be able to help improve the play of the line in 2017 .“Yes we have (missed a few). More than a few. You can’t do that. That’s what happens is you have a year like we did last year where guys — you know, true freshmen should have not played then,” Meyer said. “Demetrius Knox is running with the ones and Malcolm Pridgeon is still learning the offense, but Matt Burrell is probably one of the most improved offensive lineman at this point and the other guys are much improved as well. Very pleased with where we are at on the offensive line.”Tight end is most improved position in spring practicesThere has been improvement in the offensive line and the quarterbacks so far, but the position that has stepped up its game in spring the most has been the tight ends, Meyer said.Even with senior tight end Marcus Baugh missing spring practice so far with offseason shoulder surgery, the tight end position has looked promising thus far and has been “the most improved position on the team.”“A.J. Alexander is really coming on and Luke Farrell is a little bit ahead of Jake Hausmann, but they’re both very comparable,” Meyer said.Defensive line will be backbone of the teamThe defensive line will be returning a lot of stars from last season, including all defensive ends and the team will count on them to once again be the backbone of the defense in the upcoming season.With a returning group of defensive ends that include Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa and senior Jalyn Holmes, the defensive line will be “as good as anybody in America,” Meyer said. “I think as of right now, it’s the strength of our team on defense,” Meyer said. “Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us. On the other side, we’re really hoping Tracy Sprinkle can give us some depth and be the guy that we thought he was going to be before he got hurt.”Meyer added that Hubbard, who finished third on the team in sacks and second in quarterback hits, is “the definition of elite” and works as hard as anybody to perfect his craft.“We call it 10-80-10 around here and it’s elite self discipline, self respect and incredible work ethic, that’s how you identify the characteristics of an elite player and he’s as elite as I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. Other notes:A battle for the position of kicker will continue on over the remainder of the spring and the summer between junior kicker Sean Nuernberger and recruit Blake Haubeil, Meyer said, with Nuernberger in “much better shape than he’s ever been,” though he will still have to win over the spot.Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has “a bit of a sore shoulder,” Meyer said, but he’s making progress and has the talent to do “anything he wants.”Meyer said that senior safety Damon Webb is “a much improved player than he was in the spring” and credited Webb’s success to recent weight loss read more

  • Spalleti wants to maintain Inters winning run

    first_imgLuciano Spalletti aims to maintain Inter Milan’s winning run when they square up against SPAL with his rotation policy.Inter are currently fourth on the log thanks to their last three wins in Italy’s top-flight, a form they have replicated in the Champions League by beating Tottenham and PSV.Spalletti has confirmed he will ring the changes against SPAL like he has done all season long and further revealed he would not tolerate any form of complacency.“Rotation? I have starters for one game and starters for another game, but it’s always Inter that takes to the pitch,” Spalletti told a news conference.“Every match is a test, and every situation we face will be an opportunity to show that we’re worthy of Inter.“We need to maintain the quality that we’ve shown in this run of wins. I’m certain that the team will be ready, especially mentally.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’ve still not shown our best, and we can’t feel comfortable because of these wins, even if they were in the Champions League.”One player who has been limited for game time this term is Borja Valero, who has made just four appearances in all competitions, and just one start.But Spalletti is confident the former Fiorentina midfielder can still have an impact in a supporting role.“A player with the career that Valero has had can be out of the team and still make a difference in a few minutes,” Spalletti said.“We have more players like him and more will be able to go on an important journey themselves.”last_img read more

  • Dario Benedetto relieved to score again after long injury layoff

    first_imgBoca Juniors striker Dario Benedetto admitted his relief after scoring his first goal since November 2017 following a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injuryThe Argentina international struck twice in the final 10 minutes to hand Boca a 2-0 win over Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores semi-final first leg.After rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee before suffering further problems with his Achilles tendinitis and hamstring, Benedetto was naturally thrilled afterwards.“It was hard for me to score again. It wasn’t going right for me. I am happy to return in a moment as important as a semi-final,” said Benedetto on Fox Sports.“I’ve been working after many setbacks – I still have tendinitis, the strain. Those blows can crush you, but then this can also happen.“I liked the second goal a lot because of the touch, but I prefer the first. It was a relief for me to score again after so long, more so in a semi-final.”Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who brought Benedetto on the 77th minute for Ramon Abila from the bench, praised the 28-year-old’s efforts.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“He’s back from injury. He had a muscle injury in his recovery and started from zero,” said Barros Schelotto.“An injury delayed everything, but he made his mark on the pitch. He deserves all the credit. He’s a star.”Boca will now meet Palmeiras for the second leg in Brazil in two weeks time.🎥 ¡El frentazo de @PipaBenedetto para abrir el marcador en la Bombonera! pic.twitter.com/YTExAnAHsj— Boca Jrs. Oficial 🏆🏆 (@BocaJrsOficial) October 25, 2018last_img read more

  • New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Obsessive compulsive disorder Or OCD affects millions of people in the U.S. According to the National Institutes of Health,  1 in 40 adults struggles with the condition and one in 100 children.A new drug is being tested here in San Diego county to treat people with the condition.Here to tell us more is Dr. Charmaine Semeniuk, a neurologist and psychiatrist at Synergy Research Center’s clinics in Lemon Grove and Corey Bosvay, a patient whose battled obsessive compulsive disorder for years.To learn more: https://www.synergyresearchcenters.com/ocd-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-research/ Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego March 7, 2019last_img read more