Justin’s 3rd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (10-1)

  Well, here we are.  The Top 10.  I hope you enjoyed the ride, I know I sure did.  In case you missed it, here are the previous two entries in this years list (30-21) and (20-11). Without further adieu, your 2014-2015 Top 10… 10. Mike Smith- Arizona Coyotes. Last year’s ranking: 10 Smith has become more famous for his…

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Justin’s 3rd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (20-11)

Welcome to Part II of the Top 30.  In case you missed our first installment, you can find that right here.  Bizarrely enough, there are no housekeeping matters to attend to with this portion of the article (you can find all relevant rules, methodologies, etc. in the first post), so let’s dive right in with rankings 20-11… 20. Steve Mason-…

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Justin’s 3rd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (30-21)

It’s that time of year again; welcome to the 3rd Annual Top 30 Goaltender’s List! Before we get started, just a couple housekeeping matters to attend to. There are no major changes to the methodology this year. I am still advising a hypothetical “team” on how to prioritize seeking a goaltending solution, irrespective of standings, roster composition, contention window or…

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Report card: Goaltending

This was kind of a strange year for Ranger goaltending. We saw Martin Biron retire after only seven games, Henrik Lundqvist really struggle for the first time in his career and the relatively untested Cam Talbot come up and dominate. Let’s try and sort it out and get some grades… Cam Talbot- Talbot came up after the previously mentioned retirement…

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Scouting the opposition: Jonathan Quick

On Wednesday evening, the Rangers will play their first Stanley Cup Final game since 1994. Twenty years worth of anticipation, a big-market, celebrity-fueled war between New York City and Los Angeles. And, at the center of it all, a marquee goaltending matchup for the ages. Since I have done my Preseason Top 30 Goaltenders list, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick…

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Scouting the opposition: Carey Price

After dispatching the Penguins and Bruins, respectively, the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Each team will be looking for their first Stanley Cup championship since the early 90’s, and will face one another for the first time since 1996. The two teams are actually relatively similar. They rely on speed, depth, balance and will…

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Contextualizing Hank’s place in history

With his win over Ottawa on Tuesday night, Henrik Lundqvist passed Mike Richter for the Rangers’ all-time wins record.  His 302nd career victory came on the heels of back-to-back disappointing losses, so this achievement was somewhat marginalized.  It’s very difficult to take stock of history while you are in the middle of a somewhat frustrating playoff race. Aside from the Rangers’…

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GSAA: a step in the right direction, but hardly essential

A little over a week ago, one of my go-to publications, InGoal Magazine, released an interesting article, entitled GSAA: An Essential Statistic for Evaluating Goaltenders, touting a new advanced metric for analyzing goaltending, called GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average).  The author, Greg Balloch, does a nice job of breaking down the specific methodology that goes into determining how many goals…

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Previewing the Olympic goaltenders

This year’s Olympic competition sports a pool of goaltenders amongst the strongest we have seen since the NHL began participating in the games.  The United States and Finland are especially deep, each with three goaltenders that could easily start for most nations.  Although the tournament has already gotten underway, and we have seen some solid (Lundqvist, Hiller) performances and some…

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Balance the key to Lundqvist’s resurgence

Despite being Ben Scrivens’d (again) last night, the Rangers have been on quite a roll for past six weeks or so.  Most will point to the terrible 5-3 loss to the Islanders on December 20th as the game that proved to be a turning point for the season.  At that time, the Rangers were struggling to break .500, playing downright terrible…

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