Turn up your nose at the shootout if you want and say it is nothing more than a skills competition.
However, no NHL general manager can ignore the shootout when preparing his roster. He must find two or three shooters who have the skills to win the one-on-one battle, and his goalies must have proficiency and patience when it comes to kicking out shots after 65 minutes of hockey.
The NHL awards two points to the team that wins the shootout. While a regulation or overtime win will count more than a shootout win if two teams are tied at the end of the season, a team that struggles in shootouts will leave too many points on the table that are there for the taking.
Here's a look at the six best shootout goalies in the NHL right now.