Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy? The never ending saga.

A lot has been said over the last few years about Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy, their records and performances, but the question remains in many people’s mind as to which of the two great goaltenders has had the best career. In fact, in order to provide an educated and more precise analysis, one must take many intangibles in consideration and other information available in order to know which of the two Canadian goalies has had the best career. I have taken the time to do some research which, hopefully, you will also find useful when wanting to base your opinion on that topic of discussion. Here it is:

Regular season:

Martin Brodeur VS

Patrick Roy

17

Seasons

19

606

Wins

551

333

Losses

315

2.22

GAA

2,54

27,534

Shots

28,353

0.914

Sv%

0.910

112 Shutouts

66

Playoffs:

Martin Brodeur

VS Patrick Roy

99

Wins

151

82

Losses

94

2,01

GAA

2,30

4629

Shots

7149

0,919

Sv%

0,918

23

Shutouts

23

3 Stanley Cups

4

0 Conn Smythe

3

Source: NHL.com

Wow! Look at Brodeur’s goals against average (GAA)! But wait a minute. Let’s look at the whole picture. Martin Brodeur’s first season was in 1993-94. Roy started his career in 1985-86. Let’s now look at the seasons that Brodeur missed and that Roy had to go through…

  • 85-86: Wayne Gretzky was the scroring leader with 215pts. Neil Broten was 10th with 105.
  • 86-87: Gretzky lead the league with 183pts and 7 players had over 100 pts.
  • 87-88: Mario Lemieux won the scoring title with 168pts while Michel Goulet finished 10th with 106.
  • 88-89: Lemieux again with 199pts and 9 players had over 100pts.
  • 89-90: Gretzky took back the scoring lead with 142pts. Adam Oates finished 10th with 102pts.
  • 90-91: Gretzky again with 163pts with Steve Larmer 10th with 101.
  • 91-92: Lemieux storms back with 131pts and again, 9 players had over 100pts.
  • 92-93: Lemieux had 160pts and with 123pts, Mark Recchi finished 10th!

And then came Brodeur (lucky him)!

To put those numbers into perspective, think that Henrik Sedin won the scoring title with only 112 points in 2009-10 and only 4 reached the 100 points plateau, while finishing 10th was Gaborik with 86 points! In 2008-09, 3 players had more than 100 points and only 2 reached that plateau back in 2007-08!

Also, it would be interesting to know exactly how many wins in overtime Brodeur has racked up since 2003-04 and how many wins in a shootout since 2005-06, something Roy didn’t get the luxury of having…

In conclusion, Quebec and Canada can be proud of counting on two of the greatest goalies to ever play in the NHL, but while Brodeur was an excellent goaltender, he doesn’t surpass St-Patrick.

 

In French: Martin Brodeur ou Patrick Roy? La saga continue…

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