April Flowers

Dobber Sports


Mike Green

With the end of the regular season in sight, it’s time to take a look back at how your Eastern Conference fantasy players have fared this season and hand out some April flowers.


Eastern Conference Goaltending


Most Valuable Goaltender


Winner:  Ryan Miller


Buffalo's saviour has the fourth most wins, only three back of NHL leader Martin Brodeur.  Miller's save percentage (0.928) is bettered only by Tuukka Rask (0.930) and his 2.23 goals-against-average is the third best in the NHL (tops in the East). He has the fourth most saves in the NHL and is tied for seventh in shutouts.


Runner Up:  Martin Brodeur


The NHL's equivalent of the energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going. Brodeur once again leads the league with 43 Wins and nine shutouts. His 2.26 goals-against-average places him fourth in the league. He is seventh in the saves category and his save percentage is a decent 0.916.


Winning is the Only Thing Award


This award goes to the best goalie who wins at the expense of all else.


Winner:  Marc-Andre Fleury


Pittsburgh's flower has the eighth most wins in the NHL (36) against 20 losses. His lone shutout is less than the expected four to five he's had over each of the last three seasons. Fleury's 2.67 goals-against average is 11th in the East and the 0.904 save percentage puts him in a 19th place tie in the Eastern Conference. The only saving grace would be his 1551 saves, which puts him fifth amongst Eastern goaltenders.


Runner-up:  Jose Theodore


Three or more is living up to his nickname with a bottom third ranking in the Conference with a 2.83 goals-against-average. At least he has 29 wins for those of you in wins only leagues and he does have only seven losses (plus seven overtime losses) on his record. That's a nice ratio, but if you are in a roto league, The Odore is of limited use.



Hardy Astrom Commemorative Award:


Awarded to the Eastern Conference goaltender determined to be the most detrimental to a fantasy team.


Winner:  Carey Price


His 13 wins place him 20th in the Eastern Conference, behind such budding netminders as Michael Leighton and both Atlanta goalies, Johan Hedberg AND Ondrej Pavelec!? Price's 2.77 goals-against-average is 14th and 0.912 save percentage 11th in the Conference,


Who is the number one goaltender in Montreal when the playoffs start? That's easy: