Top 10 Shootout Goalies

Tom Collins

2014-03-10

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Ten goalies you want between the pipes for your team in a shootout

 

While some people hate the shootout, it's still an important part of the game. Extra points are available, and for many NHL teams, it's the difference between making the playoffs and having an early tee-off time in April.

The same holds true for many fantasy leagues. For some pools that count just wins, there are no extra points for a shootout loss. Even if your league does award the loser point, it's much better owning the goalie who can consistently win.

For this list, we looked at the shootout numbers for the last five seasons. We considered wins, consistency and save percentage to come up with the top 10 shootout goalies.

10. Evgeni Nabokov (17-13 record the last five years)

The biggest surprise on this list, and he wasn't even helped out by his San Jose playing days. He was 6-6 with San Jose five seasons ago, but since then 11-7 with what is mostly a horrible New York Islanders team. This season, he's just 2-3, but has battled injuries for much of the year.

 

9. Tim Thomas (19-13)

Thomas would be a lot higher on this list if he didn't take a year off for personal reasons. He was 6-2 for Florida this year before being sent to Dallas. In fact, 25 per cent of Florida's wins this season have come via Thomas in the shootout. Thomas took the lockout shortened season off, but the year before that he was 7-1.

 

8. Henrik Lundqvist (21-14)

The King hasn't had a sub-.500 winning percentage in the last five years. But he hasn't been great either. One year he was 7-3, but since then, he has just 11 shootout wins to eight losses.

 

7. Braden Holtby (8-3)

Holtby doesn't have enough seasons to be ranked higher on this list, so consistency could still be an issue. But since becoming the number one goalie in Washington two seasons ago, he's 7-1 with a .724 save percentage. Although there's been much debate if Holtby should be the number one goalie in Washington, he's easily the league's best shootout goalie under the age of 25.

 

6. Craig Anderson (18-10)

Anderson had some success in the shootout years ago, but injuries have kept him away from games and the skill competition the past two years. He's just 2-4 in that time, but was an amazing 6-1 the season before that. He'll probably slip down the list in the next couple of years as he becomes a backup to Robin Lehner.

 

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