One Goalie to Rule Them All

4/30/13 in NHL   |   Joel_McMillan   |   21 respect

April 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) sprays water after a drink in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to the NHL playoffs the number one thing you must have is goaltending. We've seen it the past two years
with the Champion Los Angeles Kings who rode Jonathan Quick to the cup and the year before with the Boston Bruins riding Tim Thomas to the cup.

In fact if you look at both playoff years 2011 and 2012 you see that even the conference final teams had great goalies that propelled them to how far they went.

2011 Western Conference final goalies: Antti Niemi and Roberto Luongo
2011 Eastern Conference final goalies: Dwyane Roloson and Tim Thomas

2012 Western Conference final goalies: Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick
2012 Eastern Conference final goalies: Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur

So you can see that great goaltending can take you places this time of year.

So I'm gonna rank all the goalies 1-16 for the playoffs this year- based on how well I think they will play in the playoffs.

16. James Reimer- Toronto Maple Leafs

15. Niklas Backstrom- Minnesota Wild

14. Braden Holtby- Washington Capitals

13. Evgeni Nabokov- New York Islanders

12. Brian Elliott/Jaroslav Halak- St. Louis Blues

11. Corey Crawford- Chicago Blackhawks

10. Marc-Andre Fleury- Pittsburgh Penguins

9. Craig Anderson- Ottawa Senators

8. Tuukka Rask- Boston Bruins

7. Viktor Fasth/Jonas Hiller- Anaheim Ducks

6. Antti Niemi- San Jose Sharks

5. Cory Schneider- Vancouver Canucks

4. Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens

3. Jonathan Quick- Los Angeles Kings

2. Henrik Lundqvist- New York Rangers

1. Jimmy Howard- Detroit Red Wings

If I were predicting who would win based on my goalie rankings then I would have the Red Wings beating the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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