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The Backup


Henrik Karlsson has been sheltered somewhat by Brent Sutter, but it is paying off as he is on pace to have the best statistical season of any Flame backup since Kiprusoff arrived.

Since the lockout Henrik Karlsson is the 7th guy to serve as Mikka Kiprusoff's caddy. If he continues to play at the pace he has he will easily have the best stats of any backup here in a long time. Here is the table :

 

Minutes Wins Losses OTL GAA sv%
To date 538 3 3 3 2.57 0.91
2010-11 (proj) 979.16 5.5 5.5 5.5
2009-10 712 5 4 0 2.95 0.894 Mcelhinney, Toskala
2008-09 518 1 6 1 3.59 0.89 Mcelhinney
2007-08 559 3 4 0 3.67 0.909 Joseph, Mcelhinney
2006-07 533 3 5 1 3.6 0.89 Mclennan
2005-06 584 4 4 0 3.8 0.878 Sauve, Boucher
581.2 3.2 4.6 0.4 3.522 0.8922

 

As you can see goalies not named Kiprusoff have averaged only 581 minutes per year over the past 5 seasons. With Karlsson already at 538, 1000 minutes are not out of the question. In terms of gathering points, the backups have averaged 3.2 wins and 0.4 OTL - a whopping 6.8 points in the standings. With 9 points earned by the team with Henrik in the net  so far, makes one think 15 or 16 points are possible. Finally the 2.57 average and .910 sv % easily out pace any of his predecessors.

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