Post-Lockout Save Percentages & Assorted Goaltending Numbers

Bob couldn't do enough to save the league save percentage. - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Shooters had a slight advantage over the goaltenders compared to 2011-12, and it came mostly at the expense of starting goaltenders, not backups.

I've broken down the post 2004 save percentage numbers by all goalies and qualifying goalies (goalies who appeared in 25 games or more) in the tables below. Qualifying goalies have started 87.6% of all games since the first lockout and appeared in 85.3% of all games. First up is all goalies:

All Goalies ES EV %
SH SV %
PP SV %
SV %
2005-2006 0.9148
0.8610
0.9130
0.9014
2006-2007 0.9167
0.8650
0.9122
0.9056
2007-2008 0.9196
0.8675
0.9149
0.9092
2008-2009 0.9190
0.8677
0.9055
0.9085
2009-2010 0.9193
0.8740
0.9188
0.9113
2010-2011 0.9208
0.8750
0.9122
0.9129
2011-2012 0.9208
0.8754
0.9077
0.9135
2012-2013 0.9204
0.8652
0.9175
0.9119
Average 0.9189
0.8684
0.9125
0.9091

The next table contains the numbers from qualifying goalies only:

Qualifying Seasons ES EV %
SH SV %
PP SV %
SV %
2005-2006 0.9165
0.8626
0.9136
0.9030
2006-2007 0.9189
0.8689
0.9121
0.9080
2007-2008 0.9209
0.8685
0.9154
0.9104
2008-2009 0.9205
0.8698
0.9061
0.9102
2009-2010 0.9199
0.8756
0.9192
0.9120
2010-2011 0.9216
0.8754
0.9155
0.9137
2011-2012 0.9220
0.8770
0.9073
0.9147
2012-2013 0.9213
0.8638
0.9180
0.9125
Average 0.9202
0.8701
0.9132
0.9105

The qualifying goaltenders took a very small step back coming back from the second lockout thanks to Ondrej Pavelec, Ilya Bryzgalov, Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov, Dan Ellis, Justin Peters and Jonathan Quick.

Last season saw the largest percentage of starts from qualifying goaltenders, which makes sense - the shortened season gave coaches a chance to ride their goaltenders.

Qualifying Seasons % of Starts
2005-2006 0.873
2006-2007 0.856
2007-2008 0.885
2008-2009 0.870
2009-2010 0.891
2010-2011 0.877
2011-2012 0.872
2012-2013 0.894

The total number of goaltenders appearing in a game didn't drop nearly as much as total games played - 82 goalies still appeared last season, just 1 less than appeared in all of 2009-2010.

Season Total Goaltenders
2005-2006 91
2006-2007 85
2007-2008 90
2008-2009 89
2009-2010 83
2010-2011 87
2011-2012 89
2012-2013 82
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