Ranking the Top 10 Relief Goalies in the NHL Today

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Ranking the Top 10 Relief Goalies in the NHL Today
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Josh Harding is one of those rare goalies known to be able to come into a game cold and play at his best. Today we'll look at the ten goalies who have had the most success when coming into a game in relief.

There actually isn't a lot of data to go on. Short of injury or exceptionally poor play by the starting goalie, the back-up is rarely expected to enter a game. Despite the advantage of mixing things up, or in giving a goalie a break and a new perspective, starting goalies finish their games 93 percent of the time.

That's why we had to go all the way back to 2007-08 to find as many active goalies as possible that have at least ten relief appearances. With only a few exceptions, these goalies are well-traveled and easily available to acquire at any time, but may actually possess a skill that could be worth several points a season.

Make any guesses about who might be included, and read on.


All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted. 

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