2010 NHL playoffs: Goaltender rankings revisited

Anderson.jpgLast week, we ranked the 16 starting goaltenders headed into the
playoffs. It was completely subjective based on my thoughts regarding
each goaltender’s 2009-10 season and past playoff performance. With
several goaltenders not having much postseason action, if at all, it was
a tough proposition.

After a week, with most series already gone
three games, we’re starting to get a better feeling for how these
goaltenders will go. Goaltending has also become a hot topic, as several
goalies have been yanked and now we’re left debating on whether they’ll
be back in net the next game.

So, let’s go back through the
rankings and see how they’ve done. I’ve ranked the goaltenders once
more, based playoff stats. And some other stuff.

#1 – Craig
Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

Previous ranking: #6

2010
Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.26 GAA, .946 SV%

#2 – Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Previous
ranking: #11

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA,
.936 SV%

#3 –
Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Previous ranking:
#14

2010 Playoffs: 2 GP, 1-1-0,1 SO, 1.01 GAA, .957 SV%

#4
– Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Previous
ranking: #10

2010 Playoffs: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 1.53 GAA,
.949 SV%

#5 – Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Previous
ranking: #1

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 2.36 GAA,
.929 SV%

#6 – Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Previous
ranking: #13

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.45 GAA,
.918 SV%

#7 – Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Previous
ranking: #2

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 3.35 GAA,
.908 SV%

#8 – Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Previous
ranking: #16

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA,
.907 SV%

#9 through #16 after the jump.

#9 – Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

Previous
ranking: #3

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 2.64 GAA,
.896 SV%

#10 – Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Previous
ranking: #9

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 3.73 GAA,
.889 SV%

#11 – Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks

Previous
ranking: #5

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 2.59 GAA,
.884 SV%

#12 – Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

Previous
ranking: #7

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA,
.882 SV%

#13 – Brian Elliott, Ottawa Senators

Previous
ranking: #15

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 3.39 GAA,
.868 SV%

#14 – Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Previous
ranking: #12

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.07 GAA,
.887 SV %

#15 – Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

Previous
ranking: #8

2010 Playoffs: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.70 GAA,
.875 SV %

#16 – Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Previous
ranking: #4

2010 Playoffs: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 3.20 GAA,
.880 SV %

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    Report: Yes, Claude Julien’s job is in some danger with Bruins

    MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach of the Boston Bruins Claude Julien looks on as he walks across the ice during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on December 12, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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    After the Boston Bruins squandered a 3-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings and ultimately lost 6-5 via a shootout, plenty of fans and commenters had enough. Many called for Claude Julien’s head.

    They might not be alone.

    During the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading on Thursday, Bob McKenzie didn’t say that Julien was definitely going to be fired, but he said there’s a “credible threat” to the long-standing Bruins bench boss’ job security.

    The phrase “impending doom” came up, too.

    So … yeah, it sure sounds like Julien is on thin ice.

    McKenzie indicates that Julien should be behind the bench on Friday and could improve his situation if he reels off some wins. That’s where things get extra interesting.

    The Bruins play three of their next four games and seven of their next nine contests at home. Most of those games are against playoff-caliber teams, however, so it wouldn’t necessarily be “easy.” Still, the opportunities are there for the Bruins to solidify their spot in the East playoff picture.

    Still, it sure sounds like the margin of error is pretty small for Julien, just as it might be for Boston in this playoff race.

    Want more coaching hot seat talk from McKenzie? He also discussed Paul Maurice’s situation with the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday:

    Video: There was no stopping John Tavares on this goal

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    New York Islanders fans probably needed a moment like this, even ones who are more than happy that Jack Capuano was let go.

    It’s no surprise that John Tavares provided such a moment.

    Watch in the video above as he makes an obscene move against Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg, and then finishes with some really nifty timing. Wow.

    Tavares now has 17 goals this season, reinforcing the thought that the team’s struggles aren’t on him.

    Now catch up on all of the drama surrounding the team:

    Bob McKenzie updates on the fuzzy future for the Isles

    Liam McHugh grills Garth Snow on a variety of burning questions

    Coyotes demote Duclair to AHL so he can ‘regain his scoring touch’

    NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 25: Anthony Duclair #10 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 25, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    It’s been a tough season for both Anthony Duclair and the Arizona Coyotes. Even so, it’s still startling to see that he was demoted to the AHL on Thursday.

    GM John Chayka explained the team’s logic for the demotion:

    “Anthony is a good young player,” said Chayka. “Unfortunately, he has struggled this season. We felt this was a good time to send him to Tucson to work on a few things and hopefully regain his scoring touch. We hope to have him rejoin our team soon.”

    Duclair’s been the subject of more than a few trade rumors, but this is probably the low point of a rough 2016-17 season for the 21-year-old.

    It’s worth taking a second to consider the very different luck Duclair’s experienced in his breakout season last year vs. this one.

    His shooting percentage was 19 in 2015-16, helping him score 20 goals on just 105 shots. By comparison, he’s only converted on 5.2 percent of his shots this year, nabbing three on 58.

    In other words, Duclair’s work is probably somewhere between those extremes … but he’s also at that age where a player can make big leaps forward. So, it’s understandable that the Coyotes want to try to repair their prospect’s confidence, and it’s also reasonable that other teams might believe that they can get more out of him.

    A trip to the AHL really might be good for his confidence but … still, wow.

    The good news and the bad news for Roman Josi

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    Roman Josi told Swiss Hockey News.ch that he suffered a concussion from that Anton Blidh hit you can see in the video above, according to a translation passed along by the Tennessean.

    So, that’s the bad news for the Nashville Predators. The good is that he also told that outlet that he might be able to return for the Preds sometime next week.

    Josi, 26, has dealt with concussion issues before, making this report a concern for the long-term. Still, the possibility of a return so soon is definitely a positive.

    Here’s what the next week and change looks like for Nashville:

    Tonight: at Flames
    Friday: at Oilers
    Sunday: at Wild
    Tuesday, Jan. 24: vs. Sabres
    Thursday: vs. Blue Jackets

    The Predators aren’t out of the West picture altogether, but they need to make the most of their opportunities. Much like the Bolts with Victor Hedman, Nashville’s hanging in there OK without one of their key guys, but every point counts. Getting Josi back would be huge.