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Top-5 goaltenders in the Eastern Conference?

August 12, 2019, 1:34 PM ET [18 Comments]
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1. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy leads all Eastern Conference starters in 5v5 save percentage and goals saved above average over the last two seasons. He also just won the Vezina. That'll do it.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky

What I said about Vasilevskiy over the last two seasons applies to Bobrovsky over the last three. I'm willing to bet the contract situation, and in-season drama, played a part in his somewhat disappointing (relatively speaking) 2018-19 campaign. I think he's going to have an excellent season in Florida.

3. Carey Price

In a year where goaltending numbers were down across the board, Price bounced back with a .918 save percentage – matching his career average – while almost leading an underdog Montreal team to a playoff berth.

4. Frederik Andersen

Toronto's run-and-gun style, and tendency to give up chances in bunches, doesn't seem to bother Andersen. He just put up a .917 save percentage (or better) for the third year in a row as a member of the Leafs, and he followed that up by posting a .922SV% in the playoffs.

5. Henrik Lundqvist

Even at an advanced age, Lundqvist still has the ability to steal games. I hope, for his sake, the New York Rangers can play some better defense in front of him this season.

Peter Tessier

Heading into this season the Eastern goaltending landscape has changed a bit with Lehner leaving. However does that affect the top 5?

In no particular order (5v5 is minimum 1500 mins played)

Andersen. At 5v5 he was .929 but on the PK he dropped a fair bit compared to others and at all strengths he was .917 but where would Toronto be without him?

Vasileksky. Like Andersen he was .929 at 5v5 and an astounding .911 on the PK was second in the league and .925 at all strengths had him near the top of the league too. He deserves the new deal.

Murray. Does anyone really remember that he's good? He had a .934 at 5v5 and .856 on the PK so what's his overall save percentage? .919 so not bad at all.

Greiss- yes Greiss. Numbers don't lie do they? .939 at 5v5, .858 on the PK and .927 at all strengths can he play like that for 60 games or so though?

Rask. Sorry Mrazek can't go there. The demise of Tuuka Rask has been greatly overstated and with a SCF appearance he claimed his right to be in the top net minders in the league. .927 at 5v5-good .877-good/decent on the PK and .912 in all strengths is okay but results speak.

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