Andrew Raycroft is safely into the semi-finals, which leaves just one spot left. Today, we'll decide if that spot belongs to another veteran of the 80's and top seed, Craig Billington, or if it instead belongs to the tournament's lone tag team, Garth Snow and Rick DiPietro.
(8) Garth Snow and Rick DiPietro
This is the only tag team in the tournament, and some have mentioned that a team isn't really fair. Well, Rick DiPietro is collecting $4.5M a year forever, so I don't think he's all that worried about fair. Yes, injuries have played a major role in DiPietro's decline, and the contract is probably the only reason he's gotten so many chances, but that just provides more reason for putting these two together!
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Worst GAA in 2010-11 (DiPietro); bottom five GAA in 2000-01 (DiPietro), 2005-06 (Snow); bottom five Sv % in 2000-01 (DiPietro), 2010-11 (DiPietro).
Career v. Average: .901 on 18,213 shots compared to .906 expected.
Here's how Snow and DiPietro compare to league average and to their teammates in every season they played at least 20 games:
(1) Craig Billington
Craig Billington is just a terrible goaltender. Ben was giving me the gears for making him the top seed, but as far as I'm concerned, it's compeltely deserved. When I compared each goaltender's career to what would be expected of an average goalie, Billington came out the worst of all, and that's probably as strong a reason as any to have him as the tournament favorite.
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Worst GAA in 1986-87, 1993-94; worst Sv % in 1986-87, 1993-94; bottom five Sv % in 1995-96.
Career v. Average: .877 on 8,388 shots compared to .895 expected.
Here's how Billington compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games: