Here are your top 5 and bottom 5 goalies of the young NHL season
Yes, it’ still early. Yes, these are small sample sizes. But here they are anyway -- the top five and bottom five goalies so far, based on save percentage. Minimum three starts.
Darcy Kuemper, Wild (.972): Kicked things off with back-to-back shutouts of the Avs, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Anaheim. Goaltending was a major wild card for Minnesota heading into 2014-15, so Kuemper’s play has been encouraging.
Jonathan Quick, Kings (.951): Was named the first star in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over the aforementioned Wild, stopping 40 of 41 shots to earn the honor. Quick has been excellent since allowing four goals in a season-opening loss to San Jose. He also had a 43-save shutout Thursday against St. Louis.
Frederik Andersen, Ducks (.950): Has started and won five straight since John Gibson got the nod and struggled in the opener, a 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh. Andersen shut out the Blues on Sunday.
Jonas Hiller, Flames (.942): The Ducks’ deposed starter, now with Calgary. Hiller stopped a ridiculous 49 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday. He turned away 34 yesterday in a 4-1 triumph over the Jets.
Craig Anderson, Senators (.939): Veteran netminder has helped the Sens to a 4-1-0 record. Robin Lehner has also played well, winning both of his starts with a .950 save percentage.
Update: Whoops, missed Pekka Rinne, Predators (.948). Started four games. Yet to lose in regulation. My bad.
Mike Smith, Coyotes (.822): So vital to his team’s success, Smith’s struggles have to be a big worry for Arizona. The 32-year-old has already allowed 16 goals, and he’s only made three starts.
Ben Scrivens, Oilers (.848): We wrote about him last week. Scrivens had his best start of the season Friday against Vancouver, stopping all but one of the Canucks’ 29 shots -- but he still lost.
Steve Mason, Flyers (.865): Was pulled after allowing four goals in two periods Saturday in Dallas. The Flyers fought back to win 6-5 in overtime, but with games in Chicago tomorrow and Pittsburgh Wednesday, Philly’s going to need more from its netminders. Ray Emery has a modest .907 save percentage in 88 minutes of work.
Tuukka Rask, Bruins (.870): Not a name many would expect to see here. Rask had his worst outing of the season Thursday in Montreal, allowing five goals on just 23 shots.
Carey Price, Canadiens (.890): Another surprise name. Doubly surprising given Montreal’s 5-1-0 record. Price was more like himself in beating Colorado (32 saves on 34 shots, named second star) on Saturday.