The guy that had the most shutouts in a single post season is a dud in the post season?
Since the lockout Brodeur's playoff record has been...not very good. Whether it's his age + workload catching up to him or something else altogether who knows, but it would not be surprising if he turned in a subpar performance again this year. Then again, it would not be surprising if he turned in a Conn Smythe performance either.
Personally I think there's very few players that don't show up in the post season, the Alexei Yashin's of the NHL who shut down once the paycheques stop.
Maybe I'm wrong, but logically it seems to me that it's more that in a 7 game series, not only is it a small sample size, but defensive players can focus exclusively on shutting down their oponents. During the regular season a Sami Pahlsson is going to be facing a different team every 2 or 3 days and has limited time to cram in how to shut down his next defensive assignment. In the playoffs however there's usually a few days inbetween each series and then up to two weeks playing against the same oponent. Plenty of time to watch tapes, study every little detail, and practice shutting down your opposition.
This applies well to the Sedins, as they have a very distinct style of play. In the regular season teams will usually only be able to get in one practice to prepare for it, then its onto the next team. So in the regular season this gives the advantage to the Sedins. In the post season however the defensive specialists have plenty of time to fully analyze and practice the best way to shut them down. Here it's the checkers with the advantage. At the end of the day though championship players are still going to need to prove the worth of their high salaries and overcome the grinders & checkers.
Antti Niemi (if he plays)
^^^^Playoffs are a different animal, some rooks can't handle it
It's scary to be honest with you. The Red Wings made it to the playoffs yes, but a rookie goaltender can falter during a playoff run. Hopefully Jimmy Howard can be focused and ready, he's been playing plyoff-like hockey the past two months.