1) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers: Last season he had the fourth-best goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.930), along with the third-most wins (39). His GAA has dropped each year, from 2.43, to 2.38, to 2.28, to 1.97. His save percentage has improved during that span from .916, to .921, to .923, to .930.
2) Jonathan Quick, Kings: His GAA went from 2.54 to 2.24 to 1.95 during the past three seasons while his save percentage improved from .907 to .918 to .929.
3) Pekke Rinne, Predators: He led the league with 43 victories, but his 2.39 GAA ranked just 14th. His .923 save percentage ranked seventh. Can Nashville still prosper without Ryan Suter?
4) Jimmy Howard, Red Wings: He won 35 games in 57 games, posting excellent ratios (2.13 GAA, .920 save percentage) while earning six shutouts. Will this team suffer slippage without Nicklas Lidstrom?
5) Tuukka Rask, Bruins: He was ready two years ago when he won 22 of 39 starts while posting a 1.97 GAA and .937 save percentage. Now he takes over for Tim Thomas, playing behind an elite team.
6) Jaroslav Halak, Blues: He started horribly last season, losing six of his first seven starts. That allowed Brian Elliott to earn a time share in nets. But after the all-star break Halak was 12-4-2 1.86 and .935.
7) Ryan Miller, Sabres: He went 15-4-3 over his last 22 games. His ratios in February (.938/1.85) and March (.930/2.17) were outstanding.
8) Mike Smith, Coyotes: Is he a one-shot wonder or the real thing? After bouncing from Dallas to Tampa Bay to Arizona, he broke out with 38 victories in this great defensive system. His GAA dropped from 2.89 to 2.21 and his save percentage improved from .899 to .930.
9) Cam Ward, Hurricanes: He was great in January (5-3-3, 1.79 and .944), February (4-0-2, 2.51 and .923) and March (6-5-3, 2.71 and .921). He seldom gets a game off.
10) Cory Schneider, Canucks: For the moment he is stuck in a tag team with Roberto Luongo. But he earned the lead role by posting a 1.96 GAA and .937 save percentage in 33 regular-season games last season.
11) Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins: He won 42 games and recorded a 2.35 GAA. But he struggled in playoffs with a 4.63 GAA in six games.
12) Ilya Bryzgalov, Flyers: His high side is very high. As the NHL’s Player of the Month in March, for instance, he went 10-2-1 with a 1.43 GAA, .947 save percentage and four shutouts.
13) Kari Lehtonen, Stars: He won 32 games and posted the best ratios in his injury-marred career (2.33 GAA and .922 percentage).
14) Carey Price, Canadiens: He regressed across the board in victories (26), GAA (2.43) and save percentage (.916).
15) Jonas Hiller, Ducks: He rallied impressively after a terrible start last season – he was 2-6-3 with a 3.54 GAA, .895 save percentage in November and just as bad in December (3-6-2, 3.31, .896).
16) Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames: He turned back the clock last season while winning half of his 70 starts and posting a 2.35/.921 ratios split.
17) Roberto Luongo, Canucks: Will Toronto or Florida trade for him? Last season he went 31-14-8 record with a 2.41 GAA and .919 save percentage in 55 games.
18) Braden Holtby, Capitals: In 21 appearances during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, he went 14-4-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .929 save percentage.
19) Antti Niemi, Sharks: He has been consistently OK in San Jose, winning 35 games with a 2.38 GAA and .920 save percentage two seasons ago and 34 games with a 2.42 GAA and .915 save percentage last season.
20) Martin Brodeur, Devils: He posted excellent playoff ratios (2.12, .917) and posting just so-so rations (2.41,.908) during the regular season.