NHL Teams That Need a New Starting Goaltender for the 2014-15 Season

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NHL Teams That Need a New Starting Goaltender for the 2014-15 Season
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Where might unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller wind up this summer, or Jonas Hiller? The New York Islanders solved their goaltending woes by locking up Jaroslav Halak and St. Louis re-signed Brian Elliott, but there are still several teams that could use an upgrade.

Even-strength save percentage is the statistic leaned on the most heavily to identify which teams have the greatest issues with their starting goaltending. This measurement is popular with the analytics crowd because it's free of the skewing effect imposed by highly penalized teams, or those with particularly strong or weak special teams.

Based on those numbers there are several teams relying on goalies who are consistently in the bottom third of the league and/or goalkeepers with virtually no NHL track record at all.

These teams are all prime destinations for goalies with Miller's credentials, or possibly one of the many backups ready to fight for a number one assignment.

Ultimately 10 teams that require an upgrade to their starting goaltending were identified and ranked—including five of the seven Canadian teams. In each case, we've evaluated their current options and speculated at the odds of there being a change. Let's begin!


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

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