The NHL season may resume and head straight to a playoff format. That is great news for the fans of the sport, but it could make it very difficult for some of the players to swallow the pill as they were skyrocketing towards the top for scoring or in this case minding the net. With that being the case it is time to rank the top 5 goalies in the NHL before the pause in the season happened.
Tukka Rask is easily one of the best goalies in the league each year. However, Rask this past year was on pace to do really well allowing only 2.12 goals a game. When it comes to the save percentage Rask also ranked in the top of the league at 92.9% of the shots being turned away. Winning was easily done for Rask as well as he posted a 26-8-6 record before the pause.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was a top goalie as well and he had played in 52 games this year before the pause. In those games Vasilevskiy ended up posting a decent record at 35-14-3. The downside is he was a little bit off when it comes to his goals against average compared to last year at 2.56 goals allowed per game, but his save percentage was still among the best at 91.7% on the year.
Jordan Binnington is the star goalie who stepped up for the Blues. While he is not the shocking goalie that he was last year, he is stepping up to be very good and consistent. Before the pause Binnington had played in 50 games and posted a 30-13-7 record on the year. He had saved 91.2% of the shots that had been sent towards him and had a 2.56 goals against average.
Darcy Kuemper had some limited playing time due to injury, but had come back from injury and was working on getting back to form. Do not let the last 2 game fool you before the break as Kuemper did play quite a bit better than what that reflects. Kuemper played in 29 games and posted a 16-11-2 record which for the Coyotes was great since the offense did not provide much support. Darcy did great defensively turning away 92.8% of the shots and allowing only 2.22 goals a game.
Connor Hellebuyck did not really have that great of a record before the break, but he did have a great run on the year. Hellebuyck had started in 56 games and played in 58 total. During that time Hellebuyk posted a 31-21-5 record on the season. Connor Hellebuyck allowed only 2.57 goals a game and saved 92.2% of the shots that were sent towards him.