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Top Goalies Down The Stretch

Yesterday I wrote about how many top seeded playoff teams have goalie issues as they enter the playoffs.  This got me wondering about which team’s goalie are playing well.  These might be teams that could have surprisingly successful playoff runs behind a top goalie.

Here are the top 10 goalies in the NHL since the Olympic break by saves percentage (neglecting a few with limited playing time):

Top 10 Goalies In The NHL Since Olympic Break
Player  
Team   
Games   
Saves %   
Jaroslav HalakMon12

.937

Tuukka RaskBos14

.933

Pekka RinneNas16

.932

Scott ClemmensenFlo8

.932

Curtis McElhinneyAna7

.931

Chris MasonStL14

.925

Jonas GustavssonTor9

.925

Ilya BryzgalovPhx13

.922

Henrik LundqvistNYR15

.922

Manny LegaceCar10

.921



That list is not a group of goalies who most would consider the best in the NHL.  Ilya Bryzgalov is the only likely Vezina nominee on the list.  Several of these goalies are not going to make the playoffs, however the top ones are.  Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins are all likely playoff goalies.  None are on teams that are favored to make much noise come playoff time, but all might surprise.  Is it sensible to pick Montreal, Boston or Nashville making some upsets behind a top goalie?

What is interesting is the lack of the big name star goalies.  No Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller or Evgeni Nabokov.  Many people will pick their respective teams as playoff favorites expecting a big goaltending performance from their star goalie.  Is that a reasonable expectation?  None of these goalies have been playing at a top level lately.

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