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Michal Neuvirth's early stats.

As I was watching Tuesday's Flyers- Caps game, I was irritated when a few minutes into the game, Michal Neuvirth let in ANOTHER early goal. This is not meant to bash Neuvirth, I think he is quite talented and could certainly become a legitimate #1 NHL goalie, but one problem I believe he has is letting in early goals. After that I decided to do some research, and thanks to NHL.com's full play by play stats I was able to analyze his statistics on the first 3 shots of every game. 

What I came up with is the following:

In the 28 games Neuvirth has played he has let in a goal within the first 3 shots 12 times. In another he let in a goal on the 4th. In the first 3 shots of the games he's played this year he's stopped 72 of 84 possible shots for a save percentage of .857. Now, I didn't have the time to compare this to other goalies, but to me that seems like a really low number. Does this statistic seem valid or is it too small of a sampling size to jump to an accurate conclusion?

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