Never let facts get in the way of a good meme

Jonathan Quick – not good high stick side? – Arctic Ice Hockey.

I’ve heard a few people say lately that Jonathan Quick can be beaten high (this is true of all goalies, of course – if you get the puck up, shooting percentages are twice as high as if you don’t) but this observation just sounded a little fishy to me. You need to watch a goalie face a lot of shots before you can decide if he’s any good, and given that only 20% of shots are up high, you’ll need to watch way more than you’re used to in order to figure out if a goalie can be beaten anywhere in particular.

[technical stuff; follow link to read all about it]

What does that mean for Jonathan Quick? Here are his save percentages by quadrant, both raw, and regressed by an appropriate amount:

[pretty chart; follow link to admire]

From what we’ve seen so far, we can conclude that Quick’s performance has been a bit below normal high stick side – he has given up nine goals more than average over 352 shots, but that’s just not a huge sample size. […] This observed performance is less than one standard deviation below the mean, and we literally need to watch him face 1000 shots in order to determine that he’s one goal weaker than average high stick side.

I don’t think there’s evidence much here that anyone can run with confidently. If I offered you even odds that Quick’s shooting percentage high stick side would be .830 or better over his next 1000 shots, would you really take the under?

But Doc Emerick told me he can be beat high stick!


  1 comment for “Never let facts get in the way of a good meme

  1. Garrett79
    June 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Mike Emrick (I have yet to see his medical degree) also claimed there were buzz bombers in the Kings’ zone iin Game 2. He might be a little cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, if you take my meaning.

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