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NHL starting goalies: Latest news on all 32 teams

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The 2021-22 NHL season is in full swing, with most teams having three to four games under their belt. 

While there hasn’t been a ton of injuries or turnover in the crease, some goalies are out to extremely good starts, while otherwise are looking to bounce back soon. And you’ll be surprised to see which goalies are perfect thus far. 

Here is all the information on the starting goaltenders for all 32 NHL teams. 

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins -- Jeremy Swayman

Coach Bruce Cassidy gave Swayman the nod in the first two games for Boston over Linus Ullmark. He looked sharp in the opener against Dallas, but struggled in Wednesday’s loss. He’s 1-1-0 on the season with 3.02 GAA and .885 SV%. He’ll give way to Ullmark on Friday, Oct. 22 for his first start. 

Buffalo Sabres -- Craig Anderson

Anderson has been excellent to start the season, part of why the Sabres are off to a shocking 3-0-0 start. In two games, the 40-year-old has two wins with a 1.50 GAA and .954 SV%. 

 

Detroit Red Wings -- Alex Nedeljkovic

While Nedeljkovic got the start opening night, it may be Thomas Greiss’ crease sooner than later. Nedeljkovic is 0-1-1 with a 4.41 GAA and .882 in two games to start the season, while Greiss has two wins with a 1.00 GAA and .969 SV%. 

Florida Panthers -- Sergei Bobrovsky

Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t quite ready to turn the crease over to rookie Spencer Knight. And Sergei Bobrovsky has given him no reason to. The veteran netminder is 3-0-0 to begin the season, with a 1.99 GAA and a .944 SV%. Knight was excellent in his lone start to the season, allowing one goal on 31 shots and getting the win. It’s a solid tandem in the net for Florida. 

Montreal Canadiens -- Jake Allen

The Canadiens sure must be missing Carey Price. The team is 0-5-0 to start the season, with Jake Allen posting a 3.06 GAA and .891 SV%. 

Ottawa Senators -- Matt Murray

Despite missing the first three games of the season, Murray still looks to be the No. 1 goalie in Ottawa. He gave up two goals 24 shots in his lone start. Watch out, as backup Anton Forsberg has impressed in his two games with Murray out, which included making 46 saves in a win over Toronto. 

Tampa Bay Lightning -- Andrei Vasilevskiy

Not the best start to the season for Vasilevskiy and the reigning champs. The Russian netminder is 2-2-0 with a 3.21 GAA and a .893 SV%. Expect both the goalie and the team to be better. 

Toronto Maple Leafs -- Jack Campbell

Campbell is picking right up where he left off last season. He’s 2-0-1 with an outstanding 1.18 GAA and a .953 SV%. He has yet to give up more than two goals in an outing. 

Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes -- Frederik Andersen

It’s been a perfect start to Andersen’s tenure in Carolina. He’s 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .938 SV%. He’s looked excellent with the Canes so far. 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets -- Elvis Merzlikins

The Blue Jackets are off to a surprisingly strong 3-1-0 start to the season and that has to do with the play of Merzlikins. The Latvian goalie is 3-0-0 with a 1.63 GAA and a .947 SV% in three starts. 

New Jersey Devils -- Scott Wedgewood

With Mackenzie Blackwood on the IR and Jonathan Bernier considered day-to-day, Wedgewood is the top goalie for the Devils. He didn’t have a great season debut, giving up four goals on 27 shots. The Devils also called up Nico Daws, who could get his first NHL start soon. 

New York Islanders -- Ilya Sorokin

The Islanders have not had a good start to the year. It doesn’t help that Semyon Varlamov remains sidelined and has yet to start this season. Sorokin hasn’t exactly taken advantage of his opportunity, sporting a 1-2-1 record with a 3.50 GAA and .901 SV%, but for now, it’s his crease until Varlamov comes back. 

New York Rangers -- Igor Shesterkin

It was a bit surprising to see Alexandar Georgiev get the season opener, but Shesterkin has left no doubt he’s the Rangers’ No. 1 goalie. He’s 3-0-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .953 SV% and has three consecutive starts giving up just one goal. 

Philadelphia Flyers -- Carter Hart

Hart didn’t have a great start, giving up four goals in the season opener, but bounced back with one goal allowed against the Kraken. He’s 1-0-1 with a 2.43 GAA and a .921 SV%. 

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Casey DeSmith

It’s unfortunate that Tristan Jarry was forced to enter COVID protocols, as he was 2-0-1 with a 1.62 GAA and .935 SV% to kick off the season. IN the meantime, DeSmith will take starting duties, but he’ll have to be better than his lone start where he gave up five goals on 39 shots. 

Washington Capitals -- Vitek Vanecek

 

Vanecek has gained the trust of Peter Laviolette early on, starting three out of the first four games for the Caps over Ilya Samsonov. And rightfully so -- Vanecek is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and .946 SV%. 

Central Division

Arizona Coyotes -- Carter Hutton

Yeah we expected things to be bad in the desert. But through two games, Hutton has a 8.75 GAA and .702 SV%. Yikes.  

Chicago Blackhawks -- Marc-Andre Fleury

This isn’t what the Blackhawks envisioned they would get when they traded for the reigning Vezina winner. Then again, Fleury has received zero help in front of him, so I can’t imagine it’s what he envisioned either. The veteran is 0-3-0 with a 5.63 GAA and a .840 SV%. 

Colorado Avalanche -- Darcy Kuemper

After a great Avalanche debut, Kuemper fell flat in his last two starts. In total, his GAA is a 3.79 and his SV% is a .890. Not going to be good enough if the Avalanche want to be the Cup contenders people think they can be. 

Dallas Stars -- Braden Holtby

Holtby has come out as the leader in Dallas’ goaltending carousel. In three starts, he’s 1-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a .947 SV%. He had to leave the season opener due to dehydration, but when he’s been in the crease, he looks like he’s back to the Holtby we all saw dominate in Washington. 

Minnesota Wild -- Cam Talbot

Another goalie with an undefeated record to begin the year. Talbot is 3-0-0 with a 2.65 GAA and a .911 SV%. Not sensational numbers, but enough to do the trick. 

Nashville Predators -- Juuse Saros

All defense, no offense. That’s going to be the mantra of the Predators this year. Saros has a great 2.05 GAA and a .928 SV% through four games. But he’s 1-3-0 because he’s getting no help from the offense. 

 

St. Louis Blues -- Jordan Binnington

Three games, three wins for Binnington to start the 2021-22 season. He’s coming off a 42-save performance against Vegas. The numbers are solid -- 2.67 GAA and a .921 SV%. 

Winnipeg Jets -- Connor Hellebuyck

Another day, another year where Hellebuyck is getting hung out to dry. It’s unbelievable how much the Jets rely on Hellebuyck, but it just may be even more impressive how much he keeps them in games. You couldn’t tell by his numbers -- 1-2-1 record with a 3.75 GAA and a .890 SV%. Anyone else in net and those numbers are a lot worse. 

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks -- John Gibson

Gibson is back after suffering a lower-body injury in the opener and that’s good news for the Ducks. Anthony Stolarz was 0-2-0 while Gibson was sidelined, giving up seven goals in two games. Gibson has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.31 GAA and a .932 SV%. 

Calgary Flames -- Jacob Markstrom

Markstrom is one of just two goalies to record a shutout this season. He made 33 saves to blank the Red Wings last time out. It was his first win of the season, as he moved to 1-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA and a .924SV%. 

Edmonton Oilers -- Mike Smith

Smith had two great starts to the season, giving up just two goals in each before getting yanked last time out. He allowed four goals on just 15 shots before getting the hook. His GAA is a 3.08, while his SV% is .920. 

Los Angeles Kings -- Cal Petersen

Two games, two goals allowed in each for Petersen. The young goalie has one win and one loss in those games. Strong start to the year for Petersen and the Kings. 

San Jose Sharks -- Adin Hill

Another team off to a surprisingly perfect start, the Sharks are 3-0-0, thanks to the play of their netminders. Hill recorded a 21-save shutout against the Canadiens before James Reimer had 30 saves and allowed just one goal against the Senators. The two will likely continue to rotate in and out. 

 

Seattle Kraken -- Philipp Grubauer

Grubauer has not exactly been the standout goalie the Kraken thought they were getting. He’s 1-2-1 to kick off the season, with a 4.00 GAA and a .867 SV%. Hopefully it’s just a rusty start and not the norm for Grubauer otherwise the Kraken will be a sunken ship. 

Vancouver Canucks -- Thatcher Demko

Demko has been plenty busy in his first four starts. He has seen at least 30 shots in all four starts, and yet has managed a 2-1-1 record, 2.66 GAA and a .922 SV%. I would imagine he’d like a little help from the Canucks’ defense going forward. 

Vegas Golden Knights -- Robin Lehner

It’s been a less than stellar start for Lehner’s first year as the No. 1 goalie in Vegas. He sports a 3.41 GAA with a .909 SV%. Not horrible, but Vegas, and Lehner himself, expects better.