If you’re talking about the hottest goalies in the NHL right now, Carey Price is likely the first name to come to mind. Don’t forget about Tuukka Rask, though.
Rask improved to 10-1-0 while grabbing his third shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Sunday.*
Carey Price? He’s sitting at 10-0-0 with two shutouts and impeccable individual stats. So far, Rask and Price are both enjoying rebound seasons – one from inconsistency, the other from injury – and their teams clearly see the difference when they’re not around.
The Bruins are 10-1-0 with Rask in net and 0-5-0 without him. It’s not too shocking that Claude Julien elected to have Rask start back-to-back games this weekend, a gamble that paid off handsomely. He was perfect tonight and only allowed one goal against the Coyotes on Saturday.
Much like Price, Rask is making early-season franchise history for his team.
Want a quick side-by-side look at two of the top goalies in 2016-17 so far? Here you go:
Rask: 10-1-0, 308 shots faced, .945 save percentage, 1.54 GAA, three shutouts
Price: 10-0-0, 323 shots faced, .957 save percentage, 1.40 GAA, two shutouts
Tough to find two better starts than those, right?
Rask and the Bruins now get a break … their next game isn’t until Thursday.
Maybe there’s a slight concern that Rask will cool off a bit with such a breather, but considering his potential workload, he could probably use the break.
And maybe it will give more people time to realize how special his play has been so far.
* – Semyon Varlamov was superb on Sunday, by the way, making 45 out of 46 saves while Rask only needed 20 stops for a shutout. Sometimes hockey is cruel, especially when a goalie like Rask or Price is in the other net.