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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