Under Control: Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren Are Controlling Their Rebounds


On Wednesday we presented our first look at the Capitals goaltending tandem of Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren, and provided an initial assessment of their performance at the start to the season (here). Follow-up discussion regarding the post included questions pertaining to their rebound control, so we decided to a take a quick look.

First and foremost, we need to be clear that not all rebounds are bad. Some in fact, are good. If a rebound can be directed to a corner, to open ice, or even better, to a teammate, the rebound has to be considered a good rebound.

So how do we measure bad rebounds? One way is to look at opposition shot attempts generated directly off of rebounds. The following graph plots rebound shot attempts per 60 minutes of play for each goaltender in the league. [Click to enlarge].

Both of the Capitals netminders are doing well with their rebound control. Lindgren has the 16th fewest rebound shot attempts against per 60 minutes (3.706 per 60) and Kuemper has 20th-best rate (3.921 per 60). The current average for the league is 4.57 rebound shot attempts per 60 minutes.

BONUS STAT – AVERAGE GOAL DISTANCE

While aggregating and crunching the numbers for the rebounds chart above, another stat caught my attention – average goal distance, so I thought I would include in this post.

It’s interesting that Lindgren, who has the 7th-shortest average goal distance (14.89 ft.) and Kuemper, who has the 9th-shortest goal distance (15.81 ft.) are both in the top 10 in the league.

The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick. If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL analytics glossary.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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4 Responses to Under Control: Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren Are Controlling Their Rebounds

  1. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. They are doing better at rebounds than I suspected. It’s also interesting re: goal distances. I think those are excellent numbers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Gotta hand it to Mac. Having completely overhauled the netminder tandem, it appears, so far he’s done an excellent job.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Season would be already over with the goaltending we’ve got to this point.

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