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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.

Video: NHL drops hammer, suspends Torres for 41 games


One of the NHL’s most notorious hitters has been tagged by the league.

On Monday, the Department of Player Safety announced that San Jose forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games — half of the regular season — for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The length of Torres’ suspension is a combination of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ history of delivering hits to the heads of opposing players, including Jordan Eberle, Jarret Stoll, Nate Prosser and Marian Hossa.

“Torres has repeatedly violated league playing rules,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “And has been sanctioned multiple times for similar infractions.”

The league also noted that Torres has been warned, fined, or suspended on nine occasions over the course of his career, “the majority of which have involved a hit to an opponent’s head.”

“Same player every year,” Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said following the hit on Silfverberg. “I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

As for what lies ahead, things could get interesting upon potential appeal:

Torres successfully appealed a suspension under the previous CBA, getting his punishment for the Hossa hit reduced from 25 to 21 games.

Under terms of the new CBA, Torres isn’t categorized as a repeat offender because his last suspension came in May of 2013 — more than two years ago. Of course, part of the reason Torres hasn’t run afoul of the league in two years is because he’s barely played.

Knee injuries limited Torres to just 12 games in ’13-14, and he sat out last season entirely.

Blues send down four; keep young d-men Edmundson and Parayko

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The St. Louis Blues have assigned two forwards, Magnus Paajarvi and Ty Rattie, and two defensemen, Chris Butler and Petteri Lindbohm, to AHL Chicago.

The moves mean that the Blues will have two young d-men, Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko, on the opening-day roster, after both impressed in camp.

From the Post-Dispatch:

Lindbohm and Butler looked to be the sixth and seventh defensemen, in that order, at the start of camp, but the play of Edmundson and Parayko won them spots. Parayko had six assists in the preseason, putting him among the NHL leaders. 

Forward Robby Fabbri will also be on the opening-day roster. The 19-year-old is not eligible for the AHL; he can only be returned to junior.

Earlier today, the Blues announced the signing of forward Scottie Upshall.