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Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in even-strength save percentage

Mar 14, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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Bit of a slow morning in terms of NHL news, so thought I’d throw out some numbers for discussion. Following are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in terms of even-strength save percentages this season, with a minimum of 20 starts.

Top 10

1. Tuukka Rask .940 (49 starts)
2. Josh Harding .940 (26)
3. Darcy Kuemper .937 (20)
4. Ben Bishop .936 (51)
5. Anton Khudobin .936 (24)
6. Jonathan Bernier .935 (44)
7. Carey Price .933 (48)
8. Ben Scrivens .933 (26)
9. Semyon Varlamov .932 (49)
10. Jonathan Quick .930 (38)


—Kuemper had a solid bounce-back performance last night versus the Rangers. At this point, he’s the man for Minnesota. Lots of pressure for a 23-year-old rookie who spent time in the ECHL last season.

— Three of the top 10 (Rask, Bernier, and Scrivens) have spent time in the Leafs’ organization, with Bernier of course still being in it. James Reimer (.926 EV SV%, 24 starts) barely missed cracking the top 10.

— Three of the top 10 (Bernier, Scrivens, Quick) have spent time in the King’ organization, with Quick of course still being in it.

— Of all the goalies in the top 10, Varlamov has made the most even-strength saves, with 1,262. (We talked about his importance to the Avs in yesterday’s PHT Extra.)

— Khudobin and Scrivens are the only goalies in the top 10 who play for teams not currently in a playoff position. And most of Scrivens’ numbers were compiled with the Kings.

Bottom 10

1. Devan Dubnyk .898 (31)
2. Kevin Poulin .900 (26)
3. Reto Berra .903 (27)
4. Marek Mazanec .904 (22)
5. Martin Brodeur .904 (32)
6. Cam Ward .906 (22)
7. Carter Hutton .910 (29)
8. Ondrej Pavelec .910 (51)
9. Evgeni Nabokov .911 (33)
10. Cory Schneider .913 (34)


— Two Islanders goalies, two Predators goalies, and two Devils goalies in the bottom 10. None of those three teams are currently in a playoff position.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Just a hunch, but I am guessing that the Isles will try to interest the Leafs in a deal that gets them Reimer and the Leafs’ 2015 first for the Isles’ 2014 top pick which will definitely be a top five pick.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Did you forget that Snow is still the GM?

    • withseidelinn - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      The Leafs just need a strong backup if they trade away Reimer. Nothing available within the organization at this point.

    • cantescapekarma - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      But could the Islanders do that even if they wanted to? I know they can defer giving this years #1 pick to the Sabres if its a top 10 pick (which it will be). But if they decide to defer giving Buffalo this years pick, would they be able to trade it? I have no clue….

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Good question.

        If they defer, I’d assume they’d be allowed to do what they want with it after that… but i don’t know for sure. I could see Buffalo having issues with it.

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I wouldn’t make too much of Kuemper’s ECHL stint last year. The AHL Aeros had seven goaltenders play for them last year (and the lockout of course disrupted every league below the NHL) and a guy’s got to get starts somewhere..

    • guitarhunterdude - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Agreed. He was a bona fide AHL starter last year, who beat out an established guy in Matt Hackett and didn’t look out of place in a couple regular-season NHL games.

  3. zidlickymylollipop - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    what a dumb and pointless article, the Devils’ goalies face the least amount of shots and is seventh GAA.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      GAA is team-dependent, while shots faced matters little to SV% (across a whole season).

      Your house is made of glass, too.

    • hammerhead5573 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Gotta love it when someone clearly reads the article then states it’s dumb and pointless. Ironically you commented on it too. Whist does that say about you?

    • jl9830 - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      GAA is by far the worse stat lol

  4. bencia823 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    not that hard to lead the league in Sv.% when your defense forces the opposition to tak low percentage shots. Even CHAD JOHNSON is putting up great numbers behind that D. Comparing sv.% without accounting for important things like quality of chances is a complete waste of time

    • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      I agree, except that quantifying quality of chances is very difficult. How do you propose doing it?

    • pastabelly - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Tuukka also plays against the top teams in the league while Johnson plays against the weaker teams. Tuukka just proved his worth on the international stage and doesn’t need validation from those who believe his numbers are inflated. If you watched last night’s game, you’d know how good he is.

    • pepper2011 - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      100% inaccurate. Johnson’s Save % is .919. Yes, he is 13-3-1, but lets compare top two teams. Jeff Zatkoff is 10-3-1 with a .912. M-A F is .918

      The Bruins also undoubtedly have more confidence in Rask. One would assume they play a more conservative game when Johnson is in net.

      Maybe it’s time to give Tuukka some credit. He has looked pretty on par with the best I have seen him play since returning from the Olympics. The last two games in particular; he is moving real well.

      He led the league in GAA and save % in 09-10
      He had .929 Save % last year and led the league in shutouts.
      He is leading the league in shutouts this year.

      He had a .940% in the playoffs and had 3 SO last year. That was including getting pretty decently lit up by Toronto on a few occasions in rd.1. Yes, those numbers are better than the one Thomas put up the cup year.

      Rangers, Leafs, Pens & Blackhawks. HE HAD A 1.88GAA and a .940 save %

      the system helps, but Chad Johnson could not do that.

      With Subban and Svedberg, (and Khudobin) in the system- they found it necessary to throw a lot of money at Rask. There is a reason. He is elite. Top 3 with Price and Quick.

      • pastabelly - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Price is probably below Quick, Rask, Lundqvist, and Hiller.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Not to take anything away from a guy like Raask, but you have to give props to Bernier because the Leafs defense is terrible, and I’d venture to guess that out of all the teams represented, the Leafs give up the most scoring chances per shot. The guy literally bails the Leafs out every single game…

        If the Leafs had a below-average goaltender, they’d probably be giving up 5 goals/game. The Bruins however would still be good even with an average goaltender.

  5. hockeyornothing - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    The significance of the article was totally missed by many of you. The important parts are sv% at even strength and the fact that the 6 goalies in bottom 10 are all on teams not in the playoffs. Also the high number of the top ten goalies from two organizations – Leafs and Kings. May point to strength of either goalie coaching or the team’s ability to spot goaltending talent. As far as Kuempfer (sp?) and his ECHL stint. Who cares where he played if he can stop the puck?

    • guitarhunterdude - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      They were just trying to say that he’s fresh out of juniors. It plays into the whole “he looks shaky and inexperienced” narrative, which isn’t totally off-base (he gives up lots of rebounds and is still pretty raw, he’s mainly gotten by on size and athleticism so far.) Dude has been stopping the puck for sure though; he’s the only reason the Wild came out of the Parise and Koivu injuries in playoff position.

  6. pastabelly - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Rask spent NO time in the Leafs organizaiton on the ice. They owned his rights in 2005-2006 while he was playing in Finland. His first playing time in North America was in Providence with the PBruins.

  7. titansbro - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Rask is awesome, don’t need stats to back it up but it just so happens that they do.

  8. bruins4ever - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    One stat which you should look at for the Bruins is that just about all of Johnson’s games have come against the bottom teams in the league. Some teams play there #1 against all the bottom feeder’s. Boston plays Johnson.
    The only time he may suit up against better teams is if there is a back to back with travel. Tuukka has been in the top for save % and GAA his whole career.

  9. csilojohnson - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    i would have no problem taking rask over anyone on that list. or not on the list for that matter.

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