In the latest Hockey News, the staff compiled an index for current NHL teams “to measure how effectively a team can rely on its netminders.” This “objective” list ranked “the NHL’s 60 goalies based on save percentage, goals against average, save percentage on the penalty kill, percentage of games in which the goalie was pulled, percentage of games giving up five goals or more, winning percentage and shutout percentage” from the 2007-08 season. Obviously the lower the score, the better the ranking. Each team’s goalie scores were weighed based on how often each goalie is expected to play.
As David Letterman would do, here are to Top Ten:
10. Chicago. Goalies – Cristobol Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin. Score 173.50 points
9. Minnesota. Goalies – Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. Score 160.1 points
8. New York Rangers. Goalies – Henrik Lundqvist and Stephen Valiquette. Score 155.1 points.
7. Dallas Stars. Goalies – Marty Turco and Tobias Stephan. Score 147.5 points
6. Nashville Predators. Goalies – Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne. Score 137.0 points
5. New Jersey Devils. Goalies – Martin Brodeur and Kevin Weeks. Score 134.3 points
4. Anahiem Ducks. Goalies – J-S Giguere and Jonas Hiller. Score 128.9 points
3. Detroit Red Wings. Goalies – Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin. Score 123.0 points
2. San Jose Sharks. Goalies – Evgeni Nabokov and Brian Boucher. Score 121.2 points
For everyone wanting to know about the local team, Colorado Avalanche. They came in 29th (quick reminder, there are only 30 teams). It could be a very long year for Avalanche fans.