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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
Saves %   
Jaroslav HalakMon12


Tuukka RaskBos14


Pekka RinneNas16


Scott ClemmensenFlo8


Curtis McElhinneyAna7


Chris MasonStL14


Jonas GustavssonTor9


Ilya BryzgalovPhx13


Henrik LundqvistNYR15


Manny LegaceCar10


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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