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With the lack of detailed statistics in the American Hockey League, I get to take a lot of what I see in the NHL advanced statistics and convert them myself to get an idea of how certain players did during the season. One I ran across lately was Quality Starts for goaltenders. Seeing as how the Oklahoma City Barons had quite a carousel in net last season, I was interested to see how they all measured up.
Here’s how everything breaks down, from Robert Vollman of Hockey Prospectus.
Quality Start (QS): A Quality Start is awarded when a goalie stops more than the league-average percentage of shots OR gives up less than three goals, while still stopping 88.5% of shots faced. The league average Saves Percentage was a .910 last season.
Really Bad Start (RBS): Also known as a Blow-Up. A Really Bad Start is given when the goaltender stops less than 85% of shots faced. Cam Charron and Thomas Drance added to the stat by awarding a goalie this measure when he gives up 5 or more goals on 39 or fewer shots.
Bail-Out: A Bail-Out is awarded in the case that a goalie earns a win, but does so in a game that he does not earn a Quality Start.