Steve Mason: The Sophomore Jinx

November 17th, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Let me begin by stating that I am a huge Steve Mason fan. In fact, I'll even go as far to admit that I have a vanity license plate which refers to Steve Mason.

Be that as it may, as much as it pains me to say this, I have to: Steve Mason is in the throws of the dreaded sophomore jinx.

A case could have been made for his extremely high goals-against average, as well as his extremely low save percentage during those games, in which stud defender Jan Hejda was out with a knee injury.

Prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings on November 11th, the numbers were as follows:

Prior to November 11: 3.27 GAA and a 891 save percentage

Now, Mason's numbers, with and without the presence of Jan Hejda:

4.00 GAA w/o Hejda; 2.45 GAA with Hejda

.861 Sv% w/o Hejda; .923 Sv% with Hejda

Seeing these numbers, and having Hejda back in the lineup, it would lead one to believe Mason would come out and deliver a stellar performance, particularly against a team in which he had great regular season success during the 2008-09 campaign.

The result? Against the Red Wings, Mason had a GAA of10.10, wi ...

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