Analysis 3: The Goaltending
Here are the definitions of stats we will use in this section:
We’ve tabulated their results as a per-game and per-60 averages, with their ranks amongst NHL goalies that have played at least as many games as Campbell (five):
Both goalies have posted awful results so far. They’re 44th and 50th in the league for Goals Saved Above Expected. If we think of xGAA as how heavy of a workload the goalie has faced, Stuart Skinner faced the lighter workload.
This is not entirely a surprise since the Oilers’ defence has been better in the last eight games compared to the first eight, and Campbell has only had one start in November, and one win all season. Skinner has done quite well recently with the exception of the stinker versus Tampa Bay, and the Oilers need him to return closer to last season’s form ASAP.
How did the goalies fare against different types of chances? We tabulated their SV% against unblocked shot attempts of Low Danger, Medium Danger, and High Danger quality:
Again, both goalies were very bad across the board, but they gave up goals on high danger unblocked shot attempts at a higher rate than almost all NHL goalies. It’s safe to say they haven’t been bailing out their D-men at all this season. Campbell’s ability to save low-danger shots was effective, but not enough to salvage his league-worst performance against medium- and high-danger chances.
TL;DR – The goaltending
So, while we can say that the defence was bad but underperformed expected, the goaltending was worse. They performed terribly and were among the league’s worst goaltenders against medium- and high-danger unblocked shot attempts.
The Oilers almost certainly need to trade for a solution in net, and that solution has to be someone who can make Skinner a tandem goalie. Some will say he should be the 1B or backup until further notice.
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