Goaltending is even more important than usual in a lockout-shortened season. A quick save or a heads-up play can change the tide of a matchup that almost acts as a playoff game in the 48-game season.
Several goalies are excelling, but a number of them are struggling. Those would include Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames and the two goalies for the Washington Capitals: Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby.
There isn't much time for goalies who are playing badly to turn it around, as coaches are ready to make the moves necessary to get their teams into the divisional race as quickly as possible.
Thankfully for these teams, they haven't faced that problem yet this season.
It's always important to have a hot goalie going into the postseason, and these six goalies have shown that they are ready to lead their teams through the season and into the Stanley Cup playoffs.