Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/13
When Dallas Stars fans say that Kari Lehtonen is one of the NHL's best goaltenders, fans of other hockey teams often roll their eyes. And, to an extent, it's easy to understand why. Tucked away deep in the heart of Texas, Lehtonen and the Stars are far away from the hockey media's spotlight, which focuses primarily on Canadian teams, Original Six teams, and teams in the Eastern Conference. (Or, if you're the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens, you hit the trifecta of media coverage.) As disappointing as it is to Stars fans, the hockey world simply doesn't pay very much attention to the Stars. The fact that Dallas has missed the playoffs the last five years in a row only exacerbates that. Stars fans, however, know what's up when it comes to Kari Lehtonen. After watching Lehtonen for the last three and a half seasons, they know that the 29 year-old Finn is one of the league's elite puck-stoppers, a goaltender capable of carrying the entire team on his back and stealing games that they would otherwise have no business winning. But do the numbers back up the belief that Lehtonen is one of the league's top goalies? Let's take a look at the top eight number one goalies so far this season, based on goalie statistics, as well as their teams' overall league rank for shots against per game, which helps to paint a picture of the quality of defense that the goalies are playing behind.
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