All four of the most recent Stanley Cup champions constitute the last four teams in the hunt for the 2013 championship. Yet only Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles has stayed with his current team as the starting goaltender since winning his first title.
Elsewhere, Marc-Andre Fleury has bobbled his No. 1 duties in Pittsburgh, giving way to Tomas Vokoun. In that sense, if the Penguins win the 2013 title, it could be a remake, goaltending-wise, of the last time the Edmonton Oilers won the Cup.
In Chicago, Corey Crawford is filling the pads of Antti Niemi, who left for San Jose after backstopping the Blackhawks to the title in 2010. Ironically, in the not-too-distant past, another Original Six team collected two Cups in relatively a short span with the help of two different goalies, one of whom became a Shark in the interim.
In Boston, Tuukka Rask is essentially vying to be the latter-day Frank Brimsek, with 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Tim Thomas cast as Tiny Thompson.
Quick has an opportunity to become the first NHL goaltender to play the majority or entirety of back-to-back championship runs since Tom Barrasso pulled it off with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. In addition, there is still a chance that Fleury, the winning stopper from the 2009 tournament, can reclaim his job and help the Pens regain the glory this spring.
Otherwise, odds are fans will see a new masked man patrolling the pipes for a team that had a different ring-bearing goaltender in its crease not so long ago. Crawford, Rask and Vokoun all have a chance to join the historic company of these seven successful successors.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and playoff results for this report were found via hockey-reference.com.