In the latest edition of my Top 10 goalie rankings from both NHL conferences, I wrestled with some of the choices because I really feel like I left a couple of guys off the list only because they saw limited action.
Oh well, here goes:
NHL Eastern Conference
|1. CAM WARD (4-3-4, 2.69)|
Ward has been incredible since returning Nov. 18 from injury. He has played his way into the conversation concerning the Canadian Olympic team.
|2. BEN BISHOP (14-3-1, 2.08)|
Bishop is tied for second in the NHL with 14 wins and an outstanding goals-against average and save percentage, so he's a pretty easy choice to make.
|3. TUUKKA RASK (13-6-2, 1.89)|
Rask just doesn't seem to ever get into trouble. He's always square to the puck and very calm.
|4. JONATHAN BERNIER (8-6-2, 2.33)|
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't done a great job defensively, but Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer continue to shine, the exception being Monday's 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in which the entire team played poorly.
|5. RYAN MILLER (4-15-0, 3.11)|
Miller might be the most sought after goalie in the league because he's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and playing better than the year he won the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender.
|6. CAREY PRICE (10-8-2, 2.00)|
Price is another guy perhaps playing his best hockey. He's always shown great poise and it looks like the game has slowed down again for him this season.
|7. STEVE MASON (7-8-2, 2.17)|
Mason is one of the keys as to why the Philadelphia Flyers have climbed back to within a game of .500 after a dreadful start.
|8. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (13-7-1, 2.16)|
Fleury has been a source of inspiration this season after an off-season of uncertainty about whether he could regain his status as a star goalie.
|9. HENRIK LUNDQVIST (8-10-0, 2.48)|
Lundqvist has returned to all-star form after a very slow start. It sure helps when backup Cam Talbot has chipped in with some superb games, too.
|10. BRADEN HOLTBY (10-8-1, 2.73)|
Holtby is trying to do his best to keep the Capitals in the race for a playoff spot. Washington isn't always the easiest team to play for in net, but it looks like Holtby has the proper attitude for the job.
NHL Western Conference
|1. BEN SCRIVENS (6-1-4, 1.48)|
Scrivens has really surprised a lot of people by playing better than expected after Jonathan Quick went down with an injury. It's a learning process for Scrivens, but so far he's passed every test.
|2. JOSH HARDING (13-3-2, 1.48)|
Harding looks to be healthy and ready to return to the Minnesota Wild lineup to continue to build on his miracle season.
|3. KARI LEHTONEN (10-5-2, 2.28)|
Lehtonen is the most underrated netminder in the league at this point. He's just a treat to watch because of his athletic style.
|4. COREY CRAWFORD (16-4-3, 2.43)|
Corey Crawford is a winning machine. He can make the key save at the right time or he can steal a game. Two great qualities.
|5. ANTTI NIEMI (13-3-5, 2.15)|
The San Jose Sharks are a great team, but they wouldn't be sitting fifth overall for fewest goals given up without great play from Niemi.
|6. ROBERTO LUONGO (10-7-5, 2.33)|
The Vancouver Canucks have to be thankful during this stretch in which they're struggling to score goals that Luongo has been holding them close in so many games.
|7. MAREK MAZANEC (5-3-0, 2.01)|
Mazanec is learning on the fly while the Nashville Predators try to hang on until Pekka Rinne can make it back from injury (fingers crossed). Marek is only 22 years old, but he's following up his strong play in Milwaukee, where he had a 1.97 GAA and .933 SP in five games with the AHL Admirals.
|8. DEVAN DUBNYK (6-11-1, 3.32)|
It sure looks like Dubnyk's hard work has finally paid off for him and the Edmonton Oilers. He was named one of the NHL's three stars before Monday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
|9. JAROSLAV HALAK (14-3-2, 2.14)|
Halak has a much harder job than you would think with the St. Louis Blues simply because he doesn't get the number of shots most goalies face and that can lead to concentration problems with some guys.
|10. ONDREJ PAVELEC (9-9-3, 2.72)|
Pavelec is starting to become a more consistent goalie. He's always had the talent and now we see it on a more regular basis.
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