Evgeni Nabokov: Why His Overuse Looks To Be A Costly Mistake

March 19th, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
Here we go again.

With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the San Jose Sharks are starting to slip.

And while some fans will say I'm overreacting, the numbers simply don't lie.

The goaltending has been far from adequate this month and the situation doesn't look to improve anytime soon.

During the last five games, the Sharks have allowed a combined total of 23 goals, an average of 4.6 per game.

Starting netminder Evgeni Nabokov has stopped only 175 of the last 197 shots he's faced over his past seven games, good enough for a save percentage of just .888.

Prior to these seven games, Nabokov was absolutely roasted in the Olympics. As the starter for Russia, Nabokov let up 10 goals in three games, finishing with with a terrible 4.10 goals against average and an abysmal .852 save percentage.

Combine those Olympic totals with his seven most recent Sharks contests and Nabokov has posted a disappointing .879 save percentage and an abnormally high 4.00 GAA in his last 10 games.

Unfortunately, this type of poor performance down the final stretch isn't anything new for Nabokov.

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