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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    Goalie nods: Backup extraordinaire Montoya gets the call versus Wings

    Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya watches game action against the New Jersey Devils' during the second period of a NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    The Florida Panthers have had no problem giving Roberto Luongo the odd night off this season. That’s because Al Montoya has been one of the best backups in the league.

    Montoya (8-2-1, .931) will get the call tonight in Detroit, with Luongo (23-13-5, .930) expected to start tomorrow in Buffalo.

    The Panthers have the highest team save percentage in the NHL, at .926 (which includes empty-net goals).

    “They both give us a chance to win every night,” Panthers d-man Brian Campbell told the Miami Herald recently. “Both make huge saves for us at times. You need consistent saves every night and they both bring it. Montoya gets put into a tough spot a lot of times and nothing seems to change.”

    Beyond Montoya, other NHL backups with particularly good numbers include the Flyers’ Michal Neuvirth (.933), the Kings’ Jhonas Enroth (.931), the Blues’ Brian Elliott (.930), the Islanders’ Thomas Greiss (.929), and the Wild’s Darcy Kuemper (.928).

    Petr Mrazek will start for the Red Wings. He used to be Detroit’s backup, but he’s since surpassed Jimmy Howard for the starting job.

    Elsewhere…

    Cory Schneider for the Devils at MSG, versus Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.

    John Gibson for the Ducks in Pittsburgh, versus Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

    — Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Lightning in Ottawa, versus Craig Anderson for the Sens.

    Blues put Pietrangelo on IR with knee injury

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    Not good news for the St. Louis Blues — the club announced this morning that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on injured reserve with a right-knee injury. He’ll be re-evaluated in three weeks.

    Pietrangelo suffered the injury Saturday in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle.

    Based on the timeline provided, the Blues will be without their leader in average ice time (26:40) until at least the end of the month. St. Louis plays 10 times between now and Feb. 29, which also happens to be the trade deadline.

    The big question, of course, is whether Pietrangelo will be ready to go upon re-evaluation.

    The first day of the playoffs is April 13.

    Update:

    Related: Armstrong wants Blues to get healthy before any trades are made

    “I wonder if that’s Crosby, what happens?’ — AV upset after McDonagh concussed by Simmonds

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    Alain Vigneault took another shot at the NHL’s Department of Player Safety today.

    This time, the Rangers head coach was upset about the lack of supplementary discipline for Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds in the wake of Saturday’s altercation with New York captain Ryan McDonagh.

    “An All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down,” Vigneault said, per The Record. “I wonder if that’s (Sidney) Crosby, what happens? What are the consequences? And, on top of that, a player breaks his stick, throws it at the referees. In the rulebook, that’s automatic. It’s three games. Nothing happens. It’s not even on the sheet after the game.”

    Simmonds’ punch left McDonagh concussed and unable to play tonight versus New Jersey, with no timetable for his return.

    Earlier this season, Vigneault voiced his frustration with the league after Rangers center Derek Stepan suffered broken ribs in Boston on a hit from Bruins forward Matt Beleskey.

    Vigneault felt the hit was late.

    “I remember Aaron Rome in this building, .6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final,” the former Vancouver Canucks coach said, recalling the contentious 2011 final.

    Beleskey was not suspended.

    Crosby, Karlsson and Trocheck are NHL’s three stars of the week

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, and Panthers center Vincent Trocheck have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

    From the NHL:

    Crosby led the League in goals and points (5-3-8) in three games as the Penguins (26-18-7, 59 points) earned four of a possible six points to secure the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.

    Karlsson led the League in assists and ranked second in points (0-7-7) in three games as the Senators (24-23-6, 54 points) won one of three starts for the week.

    Trocheck notched six points (3-3—6) in three games, helping the Panthers (31-15-6, 68 points) widen their lead atop the Atlantic Division to six points.

    Related: Red-hot Crosby could make Pens a flawed (but dangerous) dark horse