Most teams start the season with a plan that includes a division of work for their starting and backup goaltenders.
In an ideal situation, the top goaltender will start at least 50 but no more than 60 games, while the backup will get the rest of the work. That way, by the time the playoffs begin, the starter has gotten enough of a break during the regular season to be at the top of his game at the most important point of the year.
However, the ideal situation can easily go askew. In some cases, the goalie who begins the season as the starter can't hold his job.
In this feature, we look at backups who may become starters by the time the season is over.