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I'm pretty sure most Eastern Conference teams would love to have a Jonathan Quick of their very own... or a Mike Smith, or a Pekka Rinne, or a Brian Elliott. Heck, a nice Cory Schneider would help any of the Eastern Conference teams out in a pinch. Quite frankly, the goaltending coming out of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals so far has been underwhelming at best. The most extreme example of this was the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series, of course. Each team's two goalies take up alternating spots in the bottom four of GAAs during the playoffs.
Looking at the GAAs, it's telling. The Eastern Conference goalies -- the ones of the more protracted series going on in the NHL right now -- are grouped together with the losing goalies of the Western Conference. Witness:
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. LOUIS - Arguably the two hottest goalies in the NHL will meet when the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings meet in the Western Conference semifinals beginning later this week.
The second-seeded Blues reached the second round by defeating the San Jose Sharks in five games while the eighth-seeded Kings pulled off a shocker by upsetting the Presidents Trophy winning Vancouver...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, “Nobody envisioned this.”
Despite which club you thought might win this series, or whether you reckoned these Vancouver Canucks were made of stern enough stuff in Year 2 of their Presidents’ Trophy reign, head coach Alain Vigneault’s words summed up well what happened to the Western Conference champions in Round 1 this spring.
Lose to the...
The National Hockey League announced today that Pekka Rinne was one of three finalist for the 2012 Vezina Trophy that will be given out at the NHL Awards Show at the Wynn Encore Hotel in Las Vegas on June 20.The Vezina Trophy is voted upon by NHL General Managers and goes to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."The other nominees are Henrik Lundqvist...
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted...
Excellent news for all three nominees for the Vezina Trophy. This is Rinne’s second straight nomination for the Vezina after finishing behind Tim Thomas last year.
The following is the press release obtained via the Predators public relations via the National Hockey League:
“LUNDQVIST, QUICK AND RINNE NAMED VEZINA TROPHY FINALISTS
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist...
ST. LOUIS Before Brian Elliott closed his Western Conference quarterfinals series against the San Jose Sharks with a combined 50 saves in the last two games before he established himself once again as a trusted option for the St. Louis Blues alongside Jaroslav Halak one of the NHL's most surprising goalies was frustrated.
On April 16, Elliott spoke with Blues winger Jamie...
Mike Smith may have been the biggest surprise for many during Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But it is any surprise that he was overlooked for the Vezina Trophy final nominations?
Mike Smith, shown here in this file photo, arguably has the numbers to be nominated for the Vezina Trophy. He'll work the crease in Round 2 against Vezina finalist Pekka Rinne and...
With the Chicago Blackhawks being shut out in Game 6 of their first round matchup against the Coyotes, Phoenix wins the series 4-2 and will face off against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Nashville went 2-2-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes this season, including Pekka Rinne’s 3-0 shutout after signing his 7 year contract with the Predators.
Any team is happy to find one franchise player to build around. Detroit coach Mike Babcock looks at the Nashville Predators and sees three: goaltender Pekka Rinne, defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
The trio reflects the Predators' approach of building a team from the net out. Rinne, Weber and Sutter are a key reason Nashville will be playing in the second round of the Western...
First, David Poile. Next, Pekka Rinne. Now, Shea Weber.
The Nashville Predators will be well represented in Las Vegas come June.
The Preds captain is nominated for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. His fellow finalists are Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.
Chara, the captain of the Bruins, took third in last season’s voting...
Schedule Game 1 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com ArenaGame 2 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena Game 3 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone ArenaGame 4 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena Game 5 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, (if necessarily)Game 6 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena, (if necessarily)Game 7 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena...
The Western Conference did not need much time to decide which four teams would be moving on to the second round. Not one single match up ended in a sweep, but three of the four match ups only needed five games to decide who was moving on. Only Phoenix and Chicago needed six games.The Nashville Predators eliminated their division rival, the Detroit Red Wings. Having met...
The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has produced some improbable results. Many of the stronger teams in the NHL have been eliminated. One explanation for this is goaltending. Goaltending has been proven over the years to be able to steal a playoff series. Goaltending has been stronger than one would expect in the first round of the playoffs and many of the teams...