The Flames have been a team that has really surprised a lot of teams on the year with how well they have been playing on the season. The Flames are also a team that has really shocked people with the way they have been playing defense on the season when the fans and most critics thought the Flames were going to be playing with a washed up goalie most of the season with Mike Smith in net.
The difference is the fans and critics of the Flames never expected to see the play of David Rittich come out this year. Rittich has been able to lead the Flames to 19 wins on the year. Most of this comes from the fact that Rittich has only allowed 2.47 goals a game and saved 91.8% of the shots sent his way.
The Capitals are struggling and it is evident in the way they were playing before the All-Star break, but it is starting to really show up again. However, with the way the Capitals played last year to reach the playoffs and eventually win the Stanley Cup it could be a little bit earlier for people to hit the panic button in Washington as the Capitals have had losing skids like this before.
The Capitals on the year have relied on Braden Holtby in net. Holtby has been able to pick up a total of 17 wins on the year. Holtby has allowed only 3.10 goals a game, but has turned away 90.5%.