glen a richter wrote:
If it wasn't for Jake Allen this team probably misses the playoffs last season. To say he's not ready is the height of silliness.
Uh-greed. It's easy to remember that Elliott was great down the stretch, but Allen came up and played lights out. You look at last season, and there was B.A. and A.A--Before Allen/After Allen. If it wasn't for that stretch where Allen was starting and winning games, it's hard to say where that season would end up. It allowed time for Elliott to regroup and then he came back and did a great job himself. But Allen was the catalyst for the drive to the playoffs, in my opinion.
Allen's numbers weren't "lights out". They were decent, and the team played well when he was in net...but he wasn't tearing it up.
His save % was under .900 for a good chunk of his time in net last year.
The team's overall play improved quite a bit when Allen was in net. Allen played well, but he is given too much credit for the team's success.
9 wins... 4 losses
.905 save %
31 goalies last season had a better GAA
51 goalies had a better save %
He wasn't lights out. But the team went 9-4, so he gets credit for it. He also had the save of the year, which artificially inflates people's opinion of his play.
Yeah, the numbers aren't great. I'll give you that. When I said lights out, I didn't say that Allen's numbers were pristine. What I meant was that prior to Allen being in net, our D and 'tending was a mess. You could tell the D knew if they made a mistake, Halak or Elliott wasn't stopping the puck. With Allen, that change.
Allen comes up and he won a few in a row, if I recall, and the D and the team started to get a swagger back. There's no way to quantify that. But there was a confidence there that had been missing. Allen stabilized things. Prior to him, we were fighting for just a playoff spot. And it's true, Elliott's numbers were fantastic and he's probably the main reason we earned a 4 seed and home ice in the first round.
But the numbers don't tell the whole story with Allen, in my opinion. If you were to ask me who had the better overall year between Allen and Elliott, then Elliott would probably be my answer. But to discount Allen just because of numbers isn't giving him enough credit. As it was said earlier, Elliott was AWFUL, absolutely AWFUL prior to Allen getting the nod. Whether the numbers tell it or not, the season turned once Allen was given the keys for just a little while. Then Ells did the rest.