When the Dallas Stars acquired Ben Bishop in May, many believed their goaltending problems to be solved. And just why wouldn’t they? Bishop was a standout during his amount of time in Tampa Bay, as the netminder put in five months there with a .921 save percentage.
Since joining the Celebrities, however, Bishop has looked similar to his struggles during his seven-game stint in LA last season hadn’t still left him. This season, Bishop includes a .908 conserve percentage in 14 games used the Stars after allowing five goals to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
Despite starting the year good, Bishop has since gone his last 12 games headed into Mon with a .898 conserve percentage. While his record is 6-4-1 in that time span with the Celebrities, the netminder hasn’t been up to par.
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So, are the Celebrities cursed to possess below-average netminding in spite of trying to resolve their problem? Amazingly, Dallas has done quite well for themselves in the underlying quantities department. According to Corsica, the Celebrities own the NHL’s seventh best even-strength CF% at 52.23, while their 2.32 GA/60 is in the middle of the pack at five-on-five.
Area of the Stars’ normal goaltending numbers offers been thanks to Kari Lehtonen, who offers put up a good .914 conserve percentage in five games as Dallas’ backup. While the Celebrities have gotten some of the best goaltending out of Lehtonen in this back up role than that they had when he was their starter, he’s been serviceable plenty of in that role.
It does seem like the Celebrities will get a much better Bishop as the year goes about. And, up to now, it hasn’t hurt the team too badly, as the Celebrities are 9-8-0 on the season and in possession of the last wild card spot in the West. As the races tighten for a playoff spot, the Stars will require Bishop to become better. Thankfully, he has the track record to prove he could be.