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NHL Power Rankings: Western Conference Goalies

By Matt Barbato
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My offseason NHL power rankings in the Western Conference have previously looked at the conference’s best forwards and defensemen. Today we wrap up with a look at the best netminders around the conference. There are plenty of good goalies scattered around the Western Cnference, but instead of ranking the 10 best players at this position like I did in my previous two power rankings posts, I’ll be trimming the list of the best goaltenders to just the five most reliable puck stoppers in the West.

Rating goalies isn’t as arbitrary as evaluating wins and losses. The best goalies on this list not only won their fair share of games, but they also made a ton of saves along the way and save their best play for high-pressure situations.

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An advanced stat that shows a true example of how well a goalie performed is low-danger, medium-danger and high-danger save percentages. This statistic truly separates a goaltender whose numbers are inflated by routine saves from guys who come up big against high-quality chances from the opponent. All of these metrics come from and will be used frequently throughout this piece.

Although the list was tight, there were a couple of honorable mentions:

Jake Allen showed some great upside during the regular season, but the St. Louis Blues goalie situation still could be a timeshare between Allen and Brian Elliott.

— The second honorable mention was Ryan Miller, but his unstable play left him off the list.

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