Make no mistake about it, the NHL is a scoring league. Players like Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby steal the show with flashy highlight reel skill plays that make goaltenders look foolish.
However in 2010, a number of goalies have emerged, or in some cases reemerged, as difference makers for their teams.
A look at the league leaders in save percentage and goals against average will not yield the usual names of Roberto Luongo or Ryan Miller, as they have been replaced by the likes of Tim Thomas and Ondrej Pavelec.
Although the season is still young, these goaltenders are already making their case to be considered among the league's elite at their position.