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Jonathan Quick’s Problems

from Rick DiPietro of ESPN,

After seven games, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion and former All-Star -- has a 2-5 record with a 4.48 goals-against average and .849 save percentage. Only Winnipeg's Laurent Brossoit has worse numbers among goalies with at least four starts. Yes, it is early, but Quick's numbers have only built on his save percentage of .888 in 46 games last season.

At even strength, his .855 save percentage is only a tick better than the overall number. And according to Corsica Hockey, Quick has a .636 save percentage in high-danger situations.

So what's wrong with the veteran backstopper, who posted a .921 save percentage just two seasons ago? From a distance, there are few simple answers....

I turned to my friends at Clear Sight Analytics, who consult and provide data to many teams around the NHL and the rest of the hockey world, and asked for a closer look at Quick's slow start to the campaign.

The first thing they looked at is a base stat for evaluating goaltenders. By their measurement, Quick should have given up 21 goals in his seven games this season. He has instead given up 31, and that minus-10 differential ranks dead last in the league.

That is eye-opening, but hope is not lost for Quick. Some of the issues that have led him here are fixable.

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