Goaltending to Determine Playoff Teams in the East
Former GM Jay Feaster wrote in The Hockey News that goaltending will determine which teams in the East will make the playoffs.
With about two-thirds of the NHL season in the books, it appears Buffalo, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Washington are locks to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, while Carolina and Toronto are done. That leaves nine teams battling for four spots. The four teams with the best goaltending will survive. Here’s how they stack up.
Boston: Reigning Vezina Trophy-winner Tim Thomas backstops the Bruins and phenom Tuukka Rask is a more than capable backup. Thomas is a competitor and while his numbers don’t measure up to last year, he’s still within shouting distance of the league’s best in save percentage and goals-against average. Thomas and Rask will deliver Boston to the post-season.
Read the full article to see which teams have the goods. Do you agree?