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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 06:52 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been a big contributor to his team's push to make the post-season this year. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been a big contributor to his team's push to make the post-season this year. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

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Hockey Night in Canada's Kelly Hrudey picks the top five netminders from each NHL conference and ranks them accordingly. 

It's been a while since I've done a goalie ranking because of the Olympic break and because the NHL is past the trade deadline. 

The time is right to do this again. 

Keep in mind this is not a list that takes into consideration a goalie's overall play from the start of the season, but only recent work. 

I'm only going to choose the top five from each conference, so the goalies I pick will be playing absolutely fantastic.

NHL Eastern Conference

1. JONATHAN BERNIER (25-16-1, 2.59)

Jonathan Bernier is easily the MVP of the Leafs and a very strong candidate for the Vezina Trophy. The Leafs simply wouldn't be in third place in the conference without him.
2. SERGEI BOBROVSKY (25-16-3, 2.49)

Sergei Bobrovsky is doing his best to keep Columbus in the playoff picture. A little hiccup vs. Chicago but he's been terrific.
3. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (34-14-5, 2.26)

Marc-Andre Fleury continues to be a standout for Pittsburgh. His only test now will be the playoffs.
4. HENRIK LUNDQVIST (24-21-4, 2.51)

Henrik Lundqvist looks like he's going to almost "will" his team into the playoffs. Not surprised because he does this most years.
5. MARTIN BRODEUR (17-11-3, 2.49)

Martin Brodeur has played exceptionally well since the Olympic break. He looks like he can play another couple of seasons.

NHL Western Conference

1. JONATHAN QUICK (21-13-4, 2.02)

Jonathan Quick is doing what he normally does and that's intimidating the opposition almost every night. Shooters feel they need to make a perfect shot to score on Quick.
2. ANTTI NIEMI (32-13-3, 2.36)

Antti Niemi hasn't lost a game since coming back from Sochi. I expect him to finish the season on a roll.
3. RYAN MILLER (19-22-0, 2.61)

Ryan Miller could be the answer the Blues need to make a really long run in the playoffs. He won't get the work he had in Buffalo, so no need to worry about wearing down in St. Louis.
4. SEMYON VARLAMOV (33-12-1, 2.44)

Semyon Varlamov has done a remarkable job of putting his disappointing experience in Sochi behind him.
5. MIKE SMITH (24-19-3, 2.69)

Mike Smith is carrying his team towards a playoff position. It's going to be a real battle for the Coyotes so don't expect Smith to get much rest down the stretch.

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