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Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in even-strength save percentage


Bit of a slow morning in terms of NHL news, so thought I’d throw out some numbers for discussion. Following are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in terms of even-strength save percentages this season, with a minimum of 20 starts.

Top 10

1. Tuukka Rask .940 (49 starts)
2. Josh Harding .940 (26)
3. Darcy Kuemper .937 (20)
4. Ben Bishop .936 (51)
5. Anton Khudobin .936 (24)
6. Jonathan Bernier .935 (44)
7. Carey Price .933 (48)
8. Ben Scrivens .933 (26)
9. Semyon Varlamov .932 (49)
10. Jonathan Quick .930 (38)


—Kuemper had a solid bounce-back performance last night versus the Rangers. At this point, he’s the man for Minnesota. Lots of pressure for a 23-year-old rookie who spent time in the ECHL last season.

— Three of the top 10 (Rask, Bernier, and Scrivens) have spent time in the Leafs’ organization, with Bernier of course still being in it. James Reimer (.926 EV SV%, 24 starts) barely missed cracking the top 10.

— Three of the top 10 (Bernier, Scrivens, Quick) have spent time in the King’ organization, with Quick of course still being in it.

— Of all the goalies in the top 10, Varlamov has made the most even-strength saves, with 1,262. (We talked about his importance to the Avs in yesterday’s PHT Extra.)

— Khudobin and Scrivens are the only goalies in the top 10 who play for teams not currently in a playoff position. And most of Scrivens’ numbers were compiled with the Kings.

Bottom 10

1. Devan Dubnyk .898 (31)
2. Kevin Poulin .900 (26)
3. Reto Berra .903 (27)
4. Marek Mazanec .904 (22)
5. Martin Brodeur .904 (32)
6. Cam Ward .906 (22)
7. Carter Hutton .910 (29)
8. Ondrej Pavelec .910 (51)
9. Evgeni Nabokov .911 (33)
10. Cory Schneider .913 (34)


— Two Islanders goalies, two Predators goalies, and two Devils goalies in the bottom 10. None of those three teams are currently in a playoff position.

Report: Sabres’ Lehner (ankle) suffered minor setback in recovery

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Sabres fans hoping Robin Lehner would return early from his high ankle sprain received some tough news on Tuesday — per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Lehner suffered a “little setback” in his recovery.

Lehner was hurt in Buffalo’s opening game of the year and, originally, slated to miss 6-10 weeks. Six weeks have now passed, but optimism he’d be able to return in the earlier part of the timeframe has been dashed — LeBrun says Lehner’s projected return is now for mid-to-late December.

(So, closer to the 10-week estimate.)

While it’s not great news for the Sabres, it’s a positive development for the club’s other Swedish netminder, Linus Ullmark.

Recalled from AHL Rochester shortly after Lehner got hurt, Ullmark is on a really nice run in November — just check his last five games played:


The last Lehner update from the Sabres came in early November, when head coach Dan Bylsma told the News his goalie was “doing really well,” but “not close yet to getting back on the ice.”

Welcome Ryan Johansen to the trade rumor mill

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Well, this kind of seemed inevitable — there are now trade rumblings involving Columbus center Ryan Johansen.

This evening, TSN’s Darren Dreger revealed that teams have been calling Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen about the talented pivot, adding that one team classified Johansen as being “softly” in play.

More (transcribed from video):

“That doesn’t mean [Kekalainen] is calling teams, saying ‘what are you going to give me?’ However, when teams call, he’s not dismissing the interest. He is saying ‘well, what’s your offer?’

“What that tells you is there’s at least some interest in considering the trade of Ryan Johansen and, as we saw on the weekend, his minutes dropped, he was demoted to the fourth line — so if the right deal comes along, they’ll consider it.”

The incident Dreger referred to occurred during Sunday’s 5-3 loss to San Jose, in which head coach John Tortorealla limited Johansen to just 13:52 TOI — his lowest total of the season.

It’s the latest incident from what’s already been a tumultuous year; not long after getting hired, Tortorella told the reigning All-Star MVP he was out of shape.

Johnansen was then away from the team for a pair of games dealing with an undisclosed illness. During that absence, the Dispatch reported Johansen had been hospitalized this summer because of an accelerated heart rate.

All this, of course, came one year after an ugly contract dispute at the start of last season, during which the Jackets and Johansen’s representation engaged in a public spat before agreeing to a three-year, $12M deal.

‘John leaves a lasting mark’: NHL announces Collins’ departure as COO

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One of the driving forces behind the NHL’s growth over the last decade is moving on.

John Collins, who’s served as the league’s chief operating officer for the last seven years, will be leaving his post to embark on a new business opportunity.

More, from the League:

Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.

“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years. He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be.

“The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”

Collins, 53, was regarded as one of main presences behind a number of the NHL’s most successful initiatives, including the Winter Classic and Stadium Series, the HBO 24/7 collaboration, the relaunched World Cup of Hockey, Canadian and American television deals and partnerships with companies like SAP, Adidas, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and GoPro.

During Collins’ tenure, the NHL was twice named “Sports League of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily — once in 2011, and again in 2014.

Jackets activate Dubinsky, Wennberg from IR

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Columbus will have some reinforcements up front when it takes on the Devils tomorrow in New Jersey.

Brandon Dubinsky, who’s missed the last six games with an elbow injury, and Alexander Wennberg — who’s also missed the last six games, but with a foot ailment — have both been activated from injured reserve, and should be available for selection on Wednesday.

It wasn’t all good news for the Jackets, though. Defenseman Cody Goloubef and right wing Rene Bourque were placed on IR.

The biggest return for Columbus is Dubinsky, who had four goals and 11 points in 16 games prior to getting hurt, while averaging nearly 19 minutes per night.

That said, getting Wennberg back is key as well; the former first-round pick has been plagued by injuries recently but showed well during his rookie campaign in ’14-15, with 20 points in 68 games.