From Mirtle: The Flyers goaltending: Not as bad as you think (and other netminding myths) [ME: Ah, but the Kings' goaltending is worse than you think!]

There’s something about goaltending that, when it’s bad, it can hang on a franchise like an odour, weighing on fans and netminders alike. Pre-Luongo, for example, Vancouver was always pegged as a goalie graveyard (although some would argue a few of his predecessors were stiff upon arrival). In Ottawa, they seemingly haven’t had a lot of luck at the position either, with Patrick Lalime’s ugly turn in the 2004 postseason serving as just one reminder of failures past.

Anyway, it all made me wonder which franchises have really been home to the worst goaltenders in recent years and where exactly teams like Flyers, Sens and Canucks fit into the picture. So I made a chart.

Over the past 10 seasons, the average team save percentage has been about .904, with the top team (Minnesota) coming in well ahead of the pack at .916, followed by Florida and Anaheim at .911. Bringing up the rear are the Lightning with a god-awful .894.

If we limit this analysis to just the postlockout period, things change up slightly, however. The Wild, Devils, Panthers, Predators and Ducks are the top teams the past four seasons, with the Lightning, Leafs, Kings, Blues and Avalanche all at the bottom:

TEAM 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 AVG

1 Minnesota 0.914 0.922 0.915 0.922 0.918

2 New Jersey 0.906 0.917 0.914 0.914 0.913

3 Florida 0.912 0.896 0.920 0.922 0.913

4 Nashville 0.916 0.919 0.908 0.905 0.912

5 Anaheim 0.909 0.912 0.920 0.906 0.912

6 NY Rangers 0.911 0.909 0.911 0.913 0.911

7 Vancouver 0.898 0.918 0.913 0.911 0.910

8 Boston 0.902 0.896 0.914 0.925 0.909

9 Montreal 0.903 0.907 0.917 0.908 0.909

10 Calgary 0.915 0.912 0.904 0.899 0.908

11 Ottawa 0.913 0.913 0.901 0.901 0.907

12 Buffalo 0.906 0.906 0.900 0.911 0.906

13 San Jose 0.892 0.908 0.906 0.911 0.904

14 Pittsburgh 0.886 0.905 0.916 0.906 0.903

15 Detroit 0.906 0.905 0.907 0.894 0.903

16 Philadelphia 0.893 0.889 0.913 0.913 0.902

17 NY Islanders 0.892 0.912 0.904 0.900 0.902

18 Columbus 0.900 0.896 0.907 0.902 0.901

19 Dallas 0.897 0.907 0.905 0.891 0.900

20 Atlanta 0.891 0.907 0.904 0.896 0.900

21 Edmonton 0.884 0.900 0.904 0.909 0.899

22 Washington 0.896 0.899 0.900 0.901 0.899

23 Carolina 0.897 0.894 0.896 0.909 0.899

24 Chicago 0.885 0.896 0.902 0.911 0.899

25 Phoenix 0.892 0.886 0.911 0.904 0.898

26 Colorado 0.896 0.896 0.903 0.894 0.897

27 St. Louis 0.887 0.895 0.897 0.903 0.896

28 Los Angeles 0.891 0.886 0.900 0.902 0.895

29 Toronto 0.895 0.888 0.893 0.885 0.890

30 Tampa Bay 0.887 0.884 0.885 0.900 0.889

Average 0.899 0.903 0.906 0.906 0.903

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