The NHL may not have a season this year, but that shouldn't stop you from embarking on a virtual campaign in NHL 13.
Achieving your goals in the hockey gaming world comes down to many different factors, but a solid goalie is necessary if you want to play deep into the playoffs.
Ryan Miller's 92 rating is the top mark for goaltenders this season. You may not agree with that, especially considering some of the names that are behind him in value.
Let's take a look at three goalies who should have a higher rating in this year's NHL franchise.
Quick threw the Los Angeles Kings on his back en route to a Stanley Cup-winning season in 2011, but he's still just the No. 3 rated goalie in the game.
Sorry, but that just doesn't make sense to me.
Quick allowed less than two goals per game last season, and he lowered that mark even further in the postseason. He took his game to another level when his team needed him the most, and he was the most valuable player down the stretch.
Sports are a "What have you done for me lately?" world, and Quick is the hottest goalie in the league. Miller is solid, but Quick should be rated right there with him.
This has to go one of two ways. Fleury is rated an 89, but his backup Tomas Vokoun is rated an 87. Either Fleury needs to be higher, or Vokoun needs to be much lower.
I'll opt for the former. Fleury has been inconsistent in the playoffs recently, but it's not like he's had a lot of help. The Penguins defense has been shoddy at best, and he's had to stand on his head for the majority of games.
You will never mistake Fleury for the game's most consistent goalie, but he's one of the most athletic. He has a flair for the dramatic save, and he should be rated higher. I'd put him even with Carey Price, who is rated at 90.
Howard shouldn't be a top-five goalie, but he deserves a higher rating than 84.
He's won 30 games in three consecutive years, and he allowed a career-best 2.12 goals per game last season. He's not the best goaltender in the league, but he's an underrated backstop for the Red Wings.
I'd argue that Howard deserves a higher slot than Niklas Backstrom. In my opinion, Miikka Kiprusoff should be higher than an 87, and Howard should take his place on the ratings scale.
He's underappreciated, but that doesn't mean he needs to be underrated in the virtual world. Players that choose Detroit as their campaign squad won't be disappointed.