There was a time when every playoff series prediction I made was based purely on who was playing between the pipes.
There's no more critical position than goal when it comes to the postseason. A hot goaltender can win or lose a series, stealing games with unreal performances or costing his team critical momentum with a single bad goal. (You just pictured Marc-Andre Fleury, didn't you...)
With that in mind, it's time to rank the goalies for this year's playoff tournament. Experience, agility, positioning, mental toughness, maturity and even the relationship a netminder may have with his coach could all come into play when it comes to the performance.
Click ahead to see one man's thoughts on the best and worst heading into the NHL's 2014 second season.