Many Of The NHL's Best Teams Are Still Getting To Know Their Goalies

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One of the big themes of the NHL in 2021-22 has been change between the pipes. There was no shortage of goalies — some quite accomplished — on the move over t…
One of the big themes of the NHL in 2021-22 has been change between the pipes. There was no shortage of goalies — some quite accomplished — on the move over the offseason: Among teams near the top of our final 2020-21 Elo rankings, the Colorado Avalanche (who lost Philipp Grubauer), Vegas Golden Knights (Marc-André Fleury), Carolina Hurricanes (Alex Nedeljkovic) and Florida Panthers (Chris Driedger) all said goodbye to their most productive goaltenders by goals above replacement from a year ago.

And that group doesn't even include the New York Islanders, whose top goalie from last season (Semyon Varlamov) is currently on injured reserve, nor does it include the Boston Bruins (who didn't re-sign longtime netminder Tuukka Rask over the summer — though it's complicated) or the Stanley Cup-finalist Montreal Canadiens (whose postseason starter, Carey Price, is away from the team). Whether due to transactions, injuries or other circumstances, a truly impressive number of contenders are relying on new faces under their colorful protective masks.

Many of the top teams changed out their goalies Top 10 NHL teams of 2020-21 according to playoff Elo, with top goalies ranked by goals above replacement, and 2021-22 starters 2020-21 season Rk Team Elo Rating Top Goalie Still on tm? Current Starter 1 Lightning 1596 A. Vasilevskiy ✓ A. Vasilevskiy 2 Avalanche 1591 Philipp Grubauer Darcy Kuemper 3 Golden Knights 1584 M. Fleury Robin Lehner 4 Bruins 1566 Jeremy Swayman ✓ Jeremy Swayman 5 Hurricanes 1560 Alex Nedeljkovic F. Andersen 6 Islanders 1556 Semyon Varlamov ✓…
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