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No obvious choice for Vezina

Apr 10, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

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If save percentage is the deciding factor, then it’s Ottawa’s Craig Anderson (.946) in a cakewalk. But Anderson has been hurt for much of the season, so it can’t really be him.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been a savior for Columbus — maybe he should get the nod. Except there’s just something about the NHL’s best goalie failing to get his team to the playoffs that doesn’t sit right. Guess that goes for Pekka Rinne in Nashville, too.

Henrik Lundqvist won last year, and he could win again last year. But not a single shutout? You’d like the Vezina winner to have at least one of those, wouldn’t you?

OK, so what about Antti Niemi in San Jose? He’s been outstanding and the Sharks are a playoff team…but is the 10th-best save percentage (.922) good enough? That’s more in the “very good” category; not so much “great.”

Tuukka Rask has done a fantastic job replacing Tim Thomas as the number one in Boston. He plays behind such a great defense though, and Anton Khudobin has earned 11 starts of his own. In fact, Rask has only been forced to make 700 saves this season, the 17th most in the NHL.

Marc-Andre Fleury has the best record (20-6-0); however, that save percentage (.917) ranks him behind a lot of his counterparts. Ditto for Carey Price (.915) in Montreal and Niklas Backstrom (.915) in Minny.

Jimmy Howard? Not in the top five of any statistical category. Sorry Detroit fans, but he’s not winning.

Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have been fantastic as a tandem for the Blackhawks. But neither has played enough by himself.

Cory Schneider is making a late charge in Vancouver. You just wonder if he’ll have played enough by the end of the season. At the moment, he’s 20th in minutes.

Are we forgetting anyone?

  1. bensawesomeness - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Jimmy had games where he was unstoppable, but in no way does he deserve it
    my nod would be to Bob, that team needs something to celebrate

  2. rpiotr01 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I would have Bobrovsky, Rask and Fleury as the top 3. Could make a case for any of them.

    • letsgopens8771 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Same here.

    • stakex - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      There is no case for Fleury…. at all. He might be first in wins, but that has everything to do with the Pens offense and not Fleury’s play in net.

      His personal numbers are 17th in S% (the most telling stat of how well a goalie plays) and 15th in GAA. Very middle of the pack kind of numbers. If the Pens didn’t have such a high powered offense, they would ve struggling to make the playoffs with Fleury’s play… and you think theres a case for him to win the Vezina? Ok……

  3. ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    if Holtby (and the Caps) keeps playing like he has been lately, I’d count him in this sentence too: “Marc-Andre Fleury has the best record (20-6-0); however, that save percentage (.917) ranks him behind a lot of his counterparts. Ditto for Carey Price (.915) in Montreal and Niklas Backstrom (.915) in Minny.”

    he would need to make a serious push though for S% and the Caps would have to climb as far as standings POINTS go (I realize they’re 3rd place by default). he’s been unreal in a few of these most recent games.

  4. pone27 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Right now, I would give it to both Crawford and Emery lol…

    All joking aside, the goalie with the top stats overall should take it, regardless where they end up.

    Granted goaltender is in my eyes the most important position in hockey, he can only do so much. If your goalie is putting up top numbers in every category, and that team cannot make the top 8 in their conference, that is not the goaltenders fault.

    If anything, the goalie should be awarded the Vez. Without him, they would probably be the worst team in the league easily

  5. oquintero99 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I would hand it out to Carey Price. He and the Canadiens have done a great job compared to last year. I’m no Habs fan but out of those listed, I would give it to Price.

    Bobrovsky would be my choice if the Blue Jackets make it to the playoffs

  6. lsxphotog - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Bob.

  7. ravenscaps48 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Bob
    Price
    Rask
    Crawford

  8. caps4cup - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Holtby

  9. challer9 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Henrik Lundqvist. The guy just doesn’t have bad games. He has started 34 games and never given up more than 4 goals. And he’s only given up 4 goals three times. What do shutouts matter? Lundqvist has had two years where had 10 and 11 of them (both times leading the league) and didn’t win the Vezina.

  10. canucks30 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Cory Schneider

  11. lettercable - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    How about the tag team of Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo? These are two really good goalies.

  12. canucks30 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Luongo and Schneider have combined for 7 shutouts this season and Schneider is on fire as of late.

  13. 19to77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Bobrovsky’s been superhuman this season. The only knock against his case is that his team’s a bit of a long shot for the playoffs still. If they make it in, though? I can’t see what excuse they’d have not to give it to him.

  14. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Rask, Anderson, and Niemi for the nods.

    Niemi for the win – played more than Anderson and for a worse defense than Rask.

  15. JoeAvg - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Who says CBJ doesn’t make the playoffs (long shot I know)? Who says the Rangers will? Still a little early to be playing the percentages don’t you think? Especially in the Rangers case.

  16. sjsblitz - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Put the top 10 Goaltenders names in a hat and pick one randomly. Most of those names have been fantastic in their own light.

  17. sabatimus - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    “Tuuka Rask has done a fantastic job replacing Tim Thomas as the number one in Boston. He plays behind such a great defense though…”

    What?

  18. jacketsfan7 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Bryzgalov? Jkjkjk lol

  19. jacketsfan7 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Maybe Vokoun,?

  20. windycity99 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I think crow should be a contender. The Vezina should be based off goals against and save percentage.

  21. canucks30 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Cory Schneider has a better save % and GAA than Bobrovsky and despite playing fewer games, he also has 2 more shutouts

  22. canuckswino - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Don’t know about the Vezina, but Schneider is the best goalie in the league right now. Stats over the last ten games are ridiculous. Season’s stats: 1st in shutouts; 3rd in SVP; 7th in GAA. All this after giving up 7 in game one against the Ducks…

  23. bensawesomeness - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Apparently the only thing we can all agree on is Bob

    Also, that may stem from Columbus not having any arch rivals.

  24. joeyg88 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    rinne for sure. his team blows. guy is a workhorse. Anderson would be the only standout right now if it wasnt for injury

  25. canucks30 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Viktor Fasth has quietly put together a great season and for whatever reason, has not been mentioned as a Vezina candidate

  26. okphi1124 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    look at it this way: what team in the league would be in the worst shape without their goalie in the net? or better yet, what if it was Mason in net instead? exactly. give Bobs his trophy already.

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