NHL Predictions: 4 Underrated Goalies Heading into the 2011-2012 Season

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NHL Predictions: 4 Underrated Goalies Heading into the 2011-2012 Season
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The hockey position that receives the most pressure and criticism night in and night out is the one in between the pipes: the goaltender.

When a team struggles to put points on the board, the goalie is called upon to play his best and keep the game close, not letting the 'W' slip away.

With a little over a week before the start of the season, some goalies are looking to start right where they left off, while others are looking forward to a fresh start.

Some of the most talented goalies in the league struggled last season and put up numbers that spectators are not used to seeing.

Because of this, many have dropped to the lower half of the preseason rankings.

Goalies, like Columbus' Steve Mason, are looking to show their respective teams as well as the league that they can still compete with the best of them and their past struggles were just a fluke.

While some goalies are looking to rebound, others on the outside looking into to the top 10 are just looking to make a name for themselves as they compete in their first full NHL season.

Whatever the reason, these lower-ranked netminders have a lot of talent and are coming into the season underrated.

They will show everyone why come October.

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