The NHL Today: Top 10 Elite Goaltenders

Mark Jones@@CanesReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 14, 2009

Today's Elite NHL Goaltenders: Top 10

Stats from this season only.


1. Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota (27-17-2, .927 sv %, 6 SO)

Minnesota's goaltender has emerged as a top goaltender this season, posting the third best save percentage and six shutouts.

2. Tim Thomas, Boston (24-7-5, .930 sv %, 3 SO)

Despite not being the outright starter on his team, Tim Thomas has the league-best save percentage and was the Eastern Conference's starter in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.

3. Steve Mason, Columbus (20-12-2, .924 sv %, 7 SO)

A little-known rookie at the beginning of the season, the Blue Jacket's Steve Mason is among the top 10 in save percentage and leads the league in shutouts with seven.

4. Scott Clemmenson, New Jersey (24-11-1, .922 sv %, 2 SO)

For being a backup behind Brodeur at the beginning of the year, he has had a spectacular season. Clemmenson's record is one of the league's best, and his save percentage is excellent, too.

5. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (27-14-5, .918 sv %, 5 SO)

Ryan Miller recent goaltending has been terrific, and he has led the Sabres into a playoff spot. He is also among the top five in shutouts.

6. Tomas Vokoun, Florida (18-15-3, .923 sv %, 4 SO)

A goaltender that nobody expected to be in the top 10 last Autumn, he has overcome his difficulties to lead Florida into a very unexpected playoff spot.

7. Ty Conklin, Detroit (19-7-1, .915 sv %, 6 SO)

Conklin's unexpected rise has added a whole new dimension to an already-experienced Red Wings team, which is looking for a repeat of last year's Stanley Cup team.

8. Manny Fernandez, Boston (14-3-2, .925 sv %, 1 SO)

His unbelievable record aside, Fernandez also in the top five in save percentages despite not even being the starter on his team.

9. Nikolai Khahibulin, Chicago (17-5-5, .924 sv %, 1 SO)

Chicago's unexpected level of play that has landed them safely in the 4th spot in the Western Conference is largely because of Khahibulin, who has been stellar in goal for the 'Hawks all season.

10. Mikka Kiprusoff, Calgary (32-15-4, .907 sv %, 4 SO)

Mikka hasn't had a breakout year since 03-04, but his contributions in goal have largely contributed to Calgary's Northwest Division lead.


Other Top Goaltenders

11. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

12. Antero Niittymaki, Philadelphia

13. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver

14. Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose

15. Cam Ward, Carolina


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