A series preview on the kings official site, lakings.com... kind of shocked by what the "official" site posted about Elliott. I know they didn't write it, it's from a "prominent" Sharks writer, and it's all in fun...but they still posted it.
Kings (5) vs Blues (4)
Presumably, the entire Western Conference breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Kings held on to defeat the Sharks 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch the fifth seed and a first-round date with the St. Louis Blues. After Chicago, these are not only the two best teams in the West but they're similarly built, ferociously physical juggernauts. And yet one of them will be on a golf course two weeks from now and the other will be beaten and bloodied heading into the second round. This really seems more like it should be a Conference Final series rather than one in the opening round; it's just too close to call. Los Angeles is an elite even-strength puck possession team but the Blues are no slouches in that department either. St. Louis has a slight edge on special teams while both clubs suffered through atrocious goaltending throughout the regular season; the difference is that while Brian Elliott is legitimately bad at hockey and Jaroslav Halak is perpetually injured, Jonathan Quick has something of a track record as you might recall. There's also the matter of the Kings having won their last eight meetings with St. Louis, four of which came in their sweep of the Blues during last spring's semifinals; they're one of the few teams in the league capable of effectively and routinely countering Ken Hitchcock's forecheck. I highly doubt this series will be as easy for L.A. as last postseason's was but with more high-end forward talent, greater territorial dominance and a recent history of getting it done against this Blues team, I'll pick the Kings in 7.
Both teams did not suffer through attrocious goaltending "throughout the regular season". The Blues had a horrible, ungodly 5 game stretch that messed up their overall numbers for the entire year. Without that little 5 game stretch, they are 3rd in the NHL in GAA.
Elliott is "legitimately bad at goaltending"...??
Well, I guess they forgot about his performance over the entire year last year, best GAA by a goalie in 70 years, and that whole Jennings trophy thing.
Not to mention that Elliott finished with a better GAA and Save% than Quick both last year AND this year.
But I guess a bad 5 game stretch this season (really a bad 7 of 10 games to start the season) after no training camp and Elliott not playing anywhere in the offseason, wipes out all of of his accomplishments this year and last.
Makes sense to me.
Let's compare Quick and Elliott.
Over the past two years, combined:Elliott
GP - 62
Record - 37-18-5
GAA - 1.84
Save% - .929
Shutouts - 12Quick
GP - 106
Record - 53-34-17
GAA - 2.09
Save% - .920
Shutouts - 11
Obviously that guy isn't paying attention to...well, anything really. He's a Sharks blogger afterall...and probably doesn't pay close attention to the Blues.
Quick has been great...no doubt. But Elliott has better numbers...even with his bad stretch this year.
So if Elliott is "legitimately bad at goaltending"... what is Quick?