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Corey Crawford Named NHL’s #1 Star of the Week

On Monday, Blackhawks netminder was named the NHL’s #1 Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 13.

From the release:

Crawford went 3-0-0 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Blackhawks (17-10-4, 38 points) climb into second place in the Central Division. He stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators Dec. 8. Crawford then posted a pair of shutouts, making 25 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Dec. 11 and 30 saves in a 4-0 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 13. In doing so, Crawford earned consecutive shutouts for the third time in his career and second time this season (also Oct. 24 vs. TBL: 21 SV and Oct. 26 vs. ANA: 39 SV). The 30-year-old Montreal native, who shares the League lead with four shutouts in 2015-16, owns a 15-7-2 record in 24 appearances (2.23 GAA, .924 SV%), including four straight wins.

19 thoughts on “Corey Crawford Named NHL’s #1 Star of the Week

  1. He’s been one of the 3 best goaltenders in the league since 2012. Why this is still debated is a mystery to those who recognize talent when they see it.

  2. yeah, but he sucks and we should trade him. Maybe package him with Kane for some draft picks.

    (smell that – it’s sarcasm!)

  3. I haven’t been critical of Corey as much as I have been critical of his contract. But, as many times before, I was wrong and, at this time, he is worth every dime!!

    Congrats to him!! Maybe someone can finally realize that Brent Seabrook is the most underrated defenseman in the NHL and give him a player of the week award!!

  4. As for the Crow, (Elite?) look at the last six years of Hawk goalie stats. The starter and backup, their goals against and save percent ages were always very close within tenths of each other. That means it is the TEAM in front of them. Right now I do not YET see him as a Hall, Tony O, or Balfour, all have their names on the cup also. He needs the Vessna. Look at the Habs’ Price. The Habs are an average at best without him.

  5. Toot70.

    Do you know anything about sample size? The basis for any statistic becomes more credible with larger sample sizes. Sure, the back up goalies had numbers nearly as good as crow; however, consistency is what makes him our number one. He allows a total softie from time to time – we ALL know that. Most often, Crawford bounces right back and goes lights out. He is definitely elite.

  6. You may also be right in stating that Montreal would be average without Price. Has that tactic of having a goalie as your only hope won them Stanley Cups recently? I think not.

  7. Hey Tony, when you have to say something is sarcasm, it’s usually not very good. When I read what you wrote, I see why you had to label it as sarcasm.

  8. Not sure who the new Tony is who wrote that, but it’s not me, Broker. I wouldn’t write something that stupid. Of course, it’s possible there’s another Tony out there who likes to telegraph his faux sarcasm, or there’s someone playing games. I’m sure Tab can check the e-mail address associated with that post to confirm. Going forward, when I post on this blog, my name will be the above.

  9. Every goalie slumps. Every goalie lets in an easy goal now and again. Not all have back to back shutouts or stand on their head for 60 minutes.

  10. Honestly I think the only reason people have an issue with Crawford is because when he does have a bad game the perception is that it is a clunker. What do I mean by clunker? I don’t know. what is the NHL save percentage average? Elite would be .050 above that and a clunker would be .050 below that would be my definition. Basically my theory is that a save percentage that much above or below the league average takes any team effect away from the individual performance. A good team may affect the save percentage a couple points, but a full .05 points either way has to fall on the goalie in that moment. Agreed?

    The average save percentage this year is .916. So according to my definition of clunker is below a save percentage of 0.866 and below and elite would be 0.966 and above.

    According to my criteria of elite and clunkers, here are some numbers to chew on:

    Corey Crawford (24 games played)
    6 elite (4 shutouts) 25%
    5 clunkers. 20.8%

    Jonathon Quick (24 games played)
    3 elite (1 shut out) 12.5%
    5 ckunkers 20.8%

    Tuukka Rask (21 games played)
    6 elite 28.6%
    5 clunkers 23.8%

    Michal Neuvrith (15 games played)
    4 elite (4 shutouts) 26.7%
    3 clunkers 20%

    Here are the current numbers for some league leaders in sv% (dare I say Elite?)
    Henrik Lundqvist (24 games playes)
    5 elite (2 shutouts) 20.8%
    3 clunkers 12.5%

    Braden Holtby (23 games played)
    4 elite (1 shutout) 17.4%
    2 clunkers 8.7%

    Ben Bishop (24 Games played)
    5 elite (1 Shutout) 20.8%
    3 clunkers 12.5%

    Carey Price (12 games played)
    3 elite (2 shutouts) 25%
    2 clunkers 16.7%

    This is a ridiculously small sample size, and I also I did nothing more than spot check my numbers (so they could be riddled with errors) so I am not sure the numbers support any kind of conclusion, but… (I will make a conclusion anyway…)

    There is a pattern emerging between the ratio of elite performances against clunkers. Goalies who have string numbers also have fewer bad games in relation to their good games (obvious I guess, but these stats show numerically what usually passes a “eye test” with goalies. Crow is interesting in that he has very high percentages of both numbers. Which probably is why this debate is so passionate. His supporters look at his “elite” games and how they favorably compare to other elite goalies, his detractors look at his “clunker” games as validation for how “Average” he is. Neither side can convince the other that their view is wrong…

    If I had more time and a database with years of NHLstats that I could run reports against, I could probably come up with a better report to quantify all this, but I think this is enough to at least give some egg heads with time and access to NHL stats something to do.

    But after all that, bottom line is who cares? Crawford was there when it mattered twice and was one fluke goal away from doing it a third time. How do you quantify that? Does it matter if his numbers prove he is an elite goalie or not? One thing you can’t deny is that so far this year, his elite side of the coin is pretty good. You also can’t ignore the clunker side either….

    Anyway, have fun with this…

  11. Hawks made a trade! Daley for Scuderi and cap space. I really don’t know how to feel. I feel like Scuderi and Rozsival are the same player.

  12. The nightmare is over. Sorta. Daley GONE ! Let’s face it, he was God awful and was the sh!t sandwich Dallas made us take for their acceptance of the Sharp contract.

    Scudieri is old and SLOW. In fact so slow that he makes Rosival look like Kane. Scuds is a responsible defenseman and will fit well with what Q wants. Hawks grab a million in cap space and this likely allows Gustafsson to be called back up to go into a trifecta rotation with Rosy and Scuds.

  13. So we save about a million in cap space.

    I don’t really get the move. I read Daley requested a trade but that’s what we got in return.

  14. Can’t help but think another deal is on the way. Scuderi is so slow that this may open the door for Gusty or Svedberg. Imagine 32, 53, 29, 70 and Scuderi all skating at the same time. The Hawks alumni team playing the Wild this winter will be faster.

  15. This move was made to find a million bucks of cap room to do other things. Like call up Gustafsson. Scuds and Rosy can split part time playing role.

    Let’s not mince words. Trevor Daley was an abortion in the defensive zone and the polar opposite of a Q style defender. And he has lost all manner of offensive touch. Dumping his ass is outstanding. Dallas didn’t want Daley either. Don’t kid yourself on the awfulness of the fit in Chicago.

  16. “All he does is win”. “I’d like to have a goalie like that on my team”. Jon Cooper of TB says it best regarding CC. 10 goals against in 6 games in the SCF and only 2 goals against in the last 3 games. The closer CC gets to the SC, the better he is.

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