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What Went Wrong With Sharks’ Goaltending? Who Do They Turn To Next Year?



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San Jose Sharks coach David Quinn found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place deciding between goalies James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen this season.

Reimer’s .890 save percentage was fourth-worst in the NHL out of 42 goalies who played 30-plus games, while Kahkonen’s .883 save percentage was second-worst.

Of course, the San Jose Sharks team defense did neither netminder any favors – per SPORTLOGiQ, San Jose surrendered the 10th-most Quality Chances in the NHL. But it’s not one or the other: Reimer and Kahkonen weren’t better than their circumstances either.

It’s also worth noting that the San Jose Sharks were a clearly better team, both in counting and underlying stats, before the Trade Deadline. Personally, I’d give Reimer and Kahkonen something of a pass post-deadline – they had five fewer regulars in front of them.

Anyway, just because things are ugly doesn’t mean you don’t look harder. And looking harder, with the help of SPORTLOGiQ’s micro-stats, we get a sense of where Reimer can be distinguished from Kahkonen, specific areas where both were victimized and where the Sharks must concentrate on defensively.

This is out of 40 goalies who played 1,500-plus 5-on-5 minutes. And…it’s ugly, with Kahkonen dead last in a number of key categories, while Reimer is not much better.

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