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Ranking The Wings Goaltending

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Here is the NHL Goaltender Confidence Index, just under two months into the 2021-22 season. Along with the ranking, each team entry has analysis from former NHL goalie Stephen Valiquette, CEO of Clear Sight Analytics and one of the sport's foremost analysts on netminders; and ESPN Insider Kevin Weekes, an 11-year veteran NHL goaltender.

17. Detroit Red Wings
Goalies: Alex Nedeljkovic, Thomas Greiss
Team save percentage: .906 (22nd)

Despite being a Calder Trophy finalist last season, Nedeljkovic is still technically a rookie and has been arguably the best one between the pipes (.920) this season. Greiss has faced slightly tougher chances on average than Ned and has been slightly below average as compared to the rookie. Despite Jonathan Bernier moving to the Devils, this is exactly the same team save percentage the Wings finished with last season

Weekes' take: "I heard about Nedeljkovic well before he made the NHL. I feel that Carolina botched Nedeljkovic by letting him go. He players bigger than his size. Him and Greiss are a nice combo in Detroit."

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