Here’s the portrait of goaltenders by team at midseason in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins dominate the NHL and Linus Ullmark used an injury to partner Jeremy Swayman to climb to the top of our rankings. He’s the leader in the fight for the Vézina Trophy and it’s the triple crown so far. He leads in wins (23), save percentage (.936) and goals-against-average (1.92). However, the switch system risks limiting it to around fifty games. He has only two losses in regular time.
Like the Bruins, there is variety in Toronto and their two goalies are in our top 30, Matt Murray (17th) and Ilya Samsonov (24th). Not to mention the dominance, they get the job done. The series will prove everything in her case.
Until the eloquent evidence to the contrary, Andrei Vasilevskiy (7th in the top 30) is still the best goalie in the NHL. 37-year-old reserve Brian Elliott (8-3-0/.897/3.17) is fine, but nothing bad should happen to Vasilevskiy.
The Sabers’ plans changed after their number one, Eric Comrie, was injured. He’s ready to return but he hadn’t broken anything early in the season (4-8-0/.883/.3.67). If the Sabers are in the playoff race, it’s tireless forties Craig Anderson (7-6-1/, 921/2.71) and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (10-4-1/, 891/3.50). ) Thanks to. . Who will have the net? Sequel follows.
The Panthers disappoint. Their 10m goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky (31st with a record of 11-13-1/0.896/3.27) doesn’t live up to expectations, and beaming 21-year-old Spencer Knight (27th) doesn’t. I’m not ready for job number one. And he’s hurt. It would be a disaster if the Panthers missed the playoffs.
RED WINGS, SENATORS, CANADIAN
Ville Husso (19th) is a very nice take on Wings CEO Steve Yzerman but we thought the same about Alex Nedeljkovic who just got a waiver. Cam Talbot and Anton Forsberg make a respectable duo in Ottawa, as do Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault in Montreal. Montembeault climbed to 18th place after his four strong performances in a row.
Few knew Pyotr Kochetkov (20th) before this season, but the 23-year-old Russian put on an admirable performance in the absence of Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta. If the Canes stand in the front row of the “Metro”, they owe him a proud candle. Andersen is healthy now and should be doing the heavy lifting.
With the injuries plaguing Mackenzie Blackwood, Vitek Vanecek’s acquisition (16′) has proved invaluable. He keeps his people in contention for the top of the division. Rookie Akira Schmid added five wins.
Darcy Kuemper (9th) shows an efficiency rate of 0.918, which is identical to his career rate. His 29-year-old assistant Charlie Lindgren (23rd) surprised and celebrated 11 victories.
It’s confirmed again. Ilya Sorokin (3rd) is an elite goalkeeper and Semyon Varlamov is a good second.
A little less extravagant than last year, Igor Shesterkin (6th) is still part of the cream. However, lost the record of 4-6-1/.896/.2.85 to his second Jaroslav Halak.
The penguins have the same problem as the rangers. They don’t win without their number one, Tristan Jarry (10th). Casey DeSmith (28th) doesn’t play badly, but doesn’t win. Jarry’s injury hurts.
Imagine Samuel Montembeault without Jake Allen. That’s how the young Carter Hart (13th) saw it in Philadelphia in a similar training session.
Joonas Korpisalo (22nd) brings some hope for Columbus. With Elvis Merzlikins (43rd) it’s cruel (5-11-0/867/4.52).