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Power Ranking Of Team Goaltending

Kevin Weekes of CBC ranks the NHL team goaltending this week…

1. BOSTON BRUINS Timmy Thomas is well, Timmy Thomas! Tuukka Rask is awesome in his role and has a great attitude. What more can you ask? He’ll be a stud whenever he gets his chance to be Numero Uno.

5. SAN JOSE SHARKS Antti Niemi is back in a big way. I loved his dominant game against his former Stanley Cup champion team Chicago Blackhawks last week. Thomas Greiss has been nice when called on. He looks very smooth with his movement in the net and reminds me of Johan Hedberg.

15. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Corey Crawford paid his dues in the AHL. He’s a good goalie but has a tendency to get stuck a bit behind the play. Ray Emery has embraced his role and given the Hawks seven out of 10 points in games he’s started. I still have to give the Oilers props for beating them 9-2 on Hockey Night In Canada.

17. DETROIT RED WINGS
Howard has turned his game up nicely and gives his max effort on every play, very underrated goalie. Ty Conklin can play when called upon.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

kevin weekes is trash.. Howard at 17th?  top 3 in the league in all cats and there are 16 better than him?  I’ve always thought he was a little know-it-all and liked to talk about how he knows that player so he really knows what’s going on int he locker room or the players head.. garbage

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/02/11 at 02:02 AM ET

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Initial though is…Is Kevin Weekes smoking crack? This list is garbage. Did he pull names out of a hat?

Posted by HAHAHA on 12/02/11 at 02:09 AM ET

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Well when all else fails…consider the source…

Weekes Career   Games   Minutes   Wins   Losses   T/OTL     GA     SO       GAA
NHL totals         348   18,042       98   158           39     871   19       2.90


He must be looking at guys who are nearer to his stats as being those “ELITE” guys he can relate with.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 02:16 AM ET

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Bah….stat posting fail

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 02:17 AM ET

SYF's avatar

“Wings don’t have an elite, All-Star goalie to be considered a true Cup contender.”

That’ll be the new cliche along with:

-too old
-too slow
-too Euro
-too small
-too soft
-too many free agents, not enough draft picks in the lineup
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ad naueseum.

Posted by SYF from hatrick's "...broken bone bone..." on 12/02/11 at 02:33 AM ET

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You do realize he’s rating TEAM goaltending, right?  I suppose if Jimmy is near the top and Conks near the bottom, then it averages out to the middle although a bit more weight should be put on the starter IMO.

Ty Conklin can play when called upon.

That could be giving him a little too much credit at the moment.

(I have nothing against him.  He’s capable but not currently playing like it.)

Posted by PieceOfMind from Muskegon, currently residing in Sabres Territory on 12/02/11 at 02:52 AM ET

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I love Jimmy as much as the next guy, and it pains me to say it but this is probably fairly accurate. I only say that because he’s talking about goalie tandems here. As spectacular as Howard has been all year, its clear Babcock has NO confidence in Conklin right now.

Its very un-Red Wing like to ride 1 goalie this hard. As much as I’m loving Jimmy’s play, I’m a little concerned about an apparent lack of a back-up.

Posted by steviey11 from Stuck at work on 12/02/11 at 02:57 AM ET

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Where Weekes is totally off base is when he says Conklin can play.  He may be able to play soccer or ping pong, but he can’t play goalie.

Having one of the best starters and no backup makes for a mid-pack team rating.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/02/11 at 03:10 AM ET

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Taking out the fact I’m a Wings fans, it’s pretty obvious Weekes plays favorites with guys he knows and like, and it greatly skews his rankings.  If he can’t be objective he shouldn’t be doing things like this.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 12/02/11 at 03:12 AM ET

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I love Jimmy as much as the next guy, and it pains me to say it but this is probably fairly accurate.

Is it?  Conklin may only have played 4 games and may only have one win, but he does have a shutout and his losses came during the complete failure of the team as a whole.  At worst you can say he’s mediocre, but when you average that with Jimmah who has the most wins, the second most shutouts and the third best GAA in the league, does that put Detroit’s goaltending in the bottom half of the f*cking LEAGUE?!?!?

Sorry, no.

Posted by Garth on 12/02/11 at 03:21 AM ET

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If he’s really weighting starters and backups the same ... that’s just silly. Maybe the Red Wings would have the 17th-best goaltending in the league if Ty Conklin plays 41 games this year.

The team with the best “team goaltending” is the team that actually gets the best cumulative production from its goaltenders. Games played matters in that calculation.

Tim Thomas and a TD Garden janitor picked at random would be a top-five tandem in the NHL as long as Thomas plays at least 75 games.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 12/02/11 at 05:49 AM ET

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Its not surprising that someone who was a backup goalie for half his career would consider a team’s backup to represent half of the quality of a team’s goaltending.  Because clearly the ‘backup’ splits all the games with the ‘No. 1’.  Still, it is fair to say that if Jimmy went down for an extended period of time, the Wings would be screwed in net.  Conklin’s numbers from last year aren’t exactly confidence-inspiring.

Posted by BrendonR on 12/02/11 at 09:32 AM ET

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Even putting aside the Wings thing, the entire list is screwy.

This reads like a list someone compiled from previous seasons/reputation rather than having anything current or any knowledge of what is actually going on in games this season.

Posted by Primis on 12/02/11 at 10:16 AM ET

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His writing is like mini-rants.  I like his analysis on HNIC but this isn’t written well

Posted by tbassett on 12/02/11 at 11:20 AM ET

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I’m not sure I understand the tone of the article.

If this is a long-view post looking back on performances the last year or two, #17 might be a bit low, but I think reasonable.

If this is a “power ranking” in the traditional sense—that is to say, a rank based on a short term—then the Wings goaltending is definitely misplaced. This season they belong in the top 10, probably somewhere between #5 and #10, on the strength of Howard. Conklin obviously hasn’t played hardly at all, and when he has, he’s been poor.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/02/11 at 11:53 AM ET

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Consider the source.  Career save percentage below .900 in the NHL.  Carolina cut him loose and the next year they win the cup. Claimed he was robbed when he was late to a game for the Canucks.  Refused to play when he had no wins in nine starts for Vancouver, claiming he was injured.  I feel awkward watching him on TV.  Enough said.

Posted by wolverine on 12/02/11 at 12:53 PM ET

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Posted by wolverine on 12/02/11 at 09:53 AM ET

His performance as a player is not really relevant. If it were, than all of us commenting on this post shouldn’t have commented because we never played at all, and therefore, our opinions are invalid.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/02/11 at 01:28 PM ET

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“Antti Niemi…I loved his dominant game against his former Stanley Cup champion team Chicago Blackhawks last week.”

Are you kidding me?  Did Weekes even watch this game?  Niemi is a joke, that’s why the Hawks didn’t keep him.  The guppies were out worked in every area and he was very lucky they didn’t light him up.  Some incredibly lucky saves and a bs powerplay (welcome to the shark tank where they are guaranteed a series of power plays if they are not winning late in the game) ends up with a 1-0 “victory”.  Lucky as hell on those saves - not tallent.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 12/02/11 at 03:28 PM ET

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His performance as a player is not really relevant.   
Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/02/11 at 10:28 AM ET

You sir, are correct.  But if you wanted someone evaluating your job performance, you’d want someone who knows what he’s talking about, coupled with being successful in those areas.  Kevin Weekes has none of the above.  Mindless rant.  Who cares if Corey Crawford played 12 years in the minors.

Posted by wolverine on 12/02/11 at 03:44 PM ET

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