Don't really disagree with that but the difference in numbers becomes miniscule.. 0.08 goals allowed every sixty minutes becomes 2 goals after 25 games, so that would work out to probably four points in the standings over a full season at worst; maybe five if we're talking about 65 starts.FAN wrote:Never said Luongo's numbers were terrible. I only said that Schneider outplayed him. Even with your mathematical adjustments, Schneider's numbers were still better across the board. This is not a slight against Luongo, Schneider was simply better. We didn't keep the better goaltender and Gillis knows it.
He's fragile, except when he's not. Until game 7 in the finals, any game in those playoffs where a loss would have put the team behind in a series Luongo's numbers were stellar. I'm not going to do the math again and the board where I posted it is gone but iirc his save percentage was over .950 in those games up until the finals. Of course it's hard not to let the bitterness of the SCF loss colour perception of his overall performance.As a fan of the team, I was much more comfortable with Schneider in net. Luongo's playoff meltdowns have become such a regular occurrence that no lead is safe in the playoffs with Luongo in net. Part of a goaltender's job is to keep the team in the game. He hasn't done that on a consistent basis in the playoffs. For some reason he's been almost mentally fragile after his first series against the Hawks. It's not about Luongo having a bad start.
I agree with your evaluation of Luongo but I don't agree that the rest of the team should be let off the hook. How many times have we seen them fail to stem the tide when they are under pressure, and continue to surrender grade A chances? How many times have we seen them fail to adjust and get back to playing a simple game when they are running around?I can excuse a bad start, but how many games have we watched Luongo get shelled after looking sharp for more than 20 minutes? That's not a bad start. That's a meltdown. And I don't buy into the team hanging him out to dry, not when Luongo decides to "time" things by flopping on his belly hoping that his glove catches the puck instead of simply staying in position.
I just don't think it's right to pin everything on the goaltender, even if he does look stupid on a bunch of goals. Anyway not much to discuss on that front so we might as well just agree to disagree.