Devise 4,475 Posted December 8, 2013 Share Posted December 8, 2013 The resident two face of the VHL Skylar Rift has had an excellent playoffs thus far in S35. Currently sitting with a 2-0 lead over the Helsinki Titans, and a strong case for Playoff MVP. However this is nothing out of the ordinary for Rift. While he has yet to turn in a Playoff MVP award yet, Rift has always excelled in the playoffs. While at times his numbers in individual seasons have dropped to average and below...Rift has won a lot of playoff hockey games in comparison to how many he has played...and overall has very solid playoff stats. Including the 9 games he has played this season Rifts overall playoff stats are as follows. Games Played - 46 Wins - 28 Losses - 14 OTL - 4 Shutouts - 1 Goals Against Average - 2.40 Save Percentage - 0.921 The numbers show that Rift is quite solid when it comes to goals against, although not elite considering the games he has played. However he is easily top 25 in league history in regards to save percentage overall in the playoffs. But the most telling statistic is the wins. Rift has won 60.86% of the playoffs game he has played. Probably the most interesting and ironic part of his playoff history. Rift was brought in to replace Benjamin Glover, Glover who played in tons of playoff games had a history collapsing in key playoff situations. Glover played in 72 playoff games and went 35-33-3. Including overtime losses Glover actually lost more playoff games than he won. Despite this, Glover had a glowing 0.920 save percentage and 2.37 goals against average in all playoff games. While there is merit to the fact that Rift has surrounded himself with quality teams throughout his career stats only tell some of that story. Glover himself had a plethora of Hall of Fame talent on his team in more than one season of playoff runs. Stats need to be translated into wins, and the key reason Rift has remained a goalie who excels in the playoffs is because when his team needs him to play good, he more than often does. Thus far Rift has played in the playoffs every single season of his VHL career, and that could be a trend that continues till he retires. Whether he will be able to maintain the consistent to great performances and a glowing win percentage throughout all the playoffs remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, up until this point if you are entering the playoffs Skylar Rift is a goalie you can count on. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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