Any team that has serious thoughts about winning a Stanley Cup needs a solid goaltender behind it.
Without stellar play from a team's goalie come playoff time, it will be only a matter of time before that team is eliminated.
Of course, some goalies are better than others, and that can go a long way in determining who will make the Stanley Cup Final and who will be knocked out in the first round.
From a fantastic save to a soft goal given up, each and every play made by the goaltender can dictate how a series will turn out and ultimately who walks away the winner.
In homage to that, these are the top seven goaltenders heading into the NHL playoffs.