Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Value Of Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban has been out since a December 17 injury that put the number 1 ranked goaltender on the shelf for the second time this season. At the time of his injury, he led all goaltenders in goals against average and saver percentage.

As of yesterday, the Bulls sit in third place in the East Division 3 points behind Peterborough and 16 points behind Ottawa. The are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference just 1 point ahead of Oshawa for the final playoff spot.

At the time of Subban's injury the Bulls were in 2nd in the East division, just three points back of division leading Ottawa and third in the conference. So what happened?

The Bulls have gone 2-8-1 in Subban's absence allowing 48 goals in those 11 games. In the 8 losses and 1 overtime loss they've allowed 41. That's not to suggest Subban would have won every game for the Bulls but when you are sporting a 1.93 goals against average and a .938 save percentage, the teams chances of winning are better.

Consider in that time the Bulls team goals against average is 4.36 per game. And their team save percentage is .871. Those are a far cry from Subban's numbers and it would suggest that, as Subban goes, so do the Bulls.

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