Flyers or Capitals: Which Team Has the Bigger Goalie Problem?

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Flyers or Capitals: Which Team Has the Bigger Goalie Problem?
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Ilya Bryzgalov struggled mightily in the 2012 playoffs.

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals both have had serious goaltending problems over the last several years.  It's the main reason these two talented teams have failed to win a Stanley Cup during that time frame.

But whose situation is worse?

Debate all you want on the importance of goaltending in today's NHL.  The 2012 Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings and their backstop Jonathan Quick proved it most certainly still does matter.

Ask Vancouver fans if goaltending decided the 2011 Finals. 

Few goalies have been as responsible for their team winning as Tim Thomas was for the Boston Bruins that year.  We watched in amazement as Thomas stopped more shots than any goalie in Finals history while Roberto Luongo surrendered soft goal after soft goal.

All the offensive talent in the world doesn't equate to wins in the playoffs unless you have someone between the pipes that can make a difference.  The Flyers and Capitals of the last few years exemplify this.

Let's first examine the state of each team's goaltending, which will then lead us to the answer of who has a bigger problem in net.

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