Predicting the Most Unstable NHL Goaltending Situations for 2013-14

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Predicting the Most Unstable NHL Goaltending Situations for 2013-14
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NHL goalies Jonathan Bernier and Cory Schneider relocated over the summer, and the teams that acquired them should have better insurance in their backstopping brigade because of it.

Consider those teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, two big winners in a key offseason competition. They ought to be the envy of other teams in the sense of winning a derby to pick up coveted pieces that will help stabilize their overall goaltending situation.

While having a reliable and relatively seasoned starter and backup is not always proportional to team success, it is always a useful asset for an 82-game grind. Those teams whose goaltending scroll includes a much less-experienced or less-talented specimen, or someone with a toe-curling health history, need to compensate for that drawback with an even sounder stable of skaters.

Some of the teams on this list have that luxury, others do not. Accordingly, barring a timely reversal or transaction, some will suffer in the standings more noticeably than others in 2013-14 as a result of goaltending fragility.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this slideshow were found via nhl.com

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