True story.Hank wrote:It sucks to lose to the Leaves, but move on. Next.
Edit: every big ticket goalie including Miller has had a few stinkers already this season. Going into this season with Lack as your starter and Markstrom as the backup would have been asinine.
Lundqvist, Rinne, Price, Quick.
In my opinion, those are the top 4 (in order) goaltenders in the league over the last 5 years.
Lundqvist has had a shakier start than normal, but I think he's the most consistent and dependable goaltender who brings an elite level of play game to game.
Rinne seems to have a similar level of consistency, but this is the first year I've seen him behind a team that isn't playing Trotz's full team defense. Coming back from injury though, I think hes' the best in the league at the moment.
Price is nearly as consistent as Lundqvist, and when he's in the zone he is better than an in-the-zone Lundqvist, Price hasn't found that same level of consistency yet. The difference between the two of them is razor thing though.
Quick is probably the best in the league when he's in the zone. It's not breaking news though when I say that he can be very up and down, and he gets more help from the team in front of him than any other goaltender in the league.
I don't think many, in their right mind, would argue with that group of names. The order is up for debate though. But only Quick and Rinne are in the top 5 for SV% this year. Price is 14th and Lundqvist 29th (adjusted for goaltenders with more than 10 games played).
Game to game I think any of these guys could be the better goaltender. But judging by SV% and a review of some of the games and the actual goals that beat them, they have all had games. Lundqvist has had 6 stinkers this year, Rinne and Quick have both been off on 3 occassions, and Price has been weak 4 times.
Interestingly enough, of those 4 guys, only Rinne has more wins than Miller. He also has played 2 more games, and Lundqvist actually only has 9 wins in 19 games.
So it's a wash, really, because so much of the goaltender's stats are heavily effected by the team in front of him.