Ranking the NHL’s goalie tandems is difficult. It’s in regards to the general energy of the tandem, sizing up that group’s alternative to win each night time regardless of who’s within the crease.

For this train, we determined to evaluate based mostly on the tandem at full well being. For occasion, we assume Carey Price is not going to play for the Montreal Canadiens this season. We’ve taken into consideration athlete historical past, anticipated enjoying time, energy of the group in entrance of them, journey concerns and extra. Of course, it’s all debatable and that’s the enjoyable of it.

Away we go, rating the NHL’s netminding tandems from high to backside:

1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Andrei Vasilevskiy & Brian Elliott

Vasilevskiy is the perfect big-game goaltender on this planet. And his sturdiness is tangible. ‘The Big Cat’ has been a workhorse for the Lightning and is among the few NHL goaltenders able to enjoying greater than 60 video games in a season. Brian Elliott had a resurgent 2021-22 season, going 11-4-3. The tandem had very related numbers: Elliott’s .912 save proportion was simply shy of the .916 posted by Vasilevskiy.

2. New York Rangers: Igor Shesterkin & Jaroslav Halak

Last season Shesterkin established his place because the premier goaltender within the NHL, incomes his first Vezina trophy and carrying the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Shesterkin’s .935 save proportion was Dominik Hasek-like. Going into the 2022-23 season, the one concern I see is well being. Shesterkin performed 53 video games final 12 months. Halak has performed properly in a tandem setting earlier than, however his numbers have trailed off not too long ago with fewer video games performed. The 37-year previous from Bratislava is the wild card in New York.

3. New York Islanders: Ilya Sorokin & Semyon Varlamov

The Islanders have the perfect under-the-radar goaltending tandem within the NHL. Sorokin is 27 years previous and within the prime of his profession. He posted a .925 save proportion final season on an Islanders group that struggled at instances. And whereas Varlamov began sluggish and had hassle discovering wins, his sport picked up throughout the second half. If the Islanders are higher as a group, Sorokin may problem for the Vezina trophy.

4. Calgary Flames: Jacob Markstrom & Dan Vladar

For lengthy stretches of the 2021-22 season, I assumed the Flames had the highest goalie tandem within the NHL. Markstrom was on hearth, head coach Darryl Sutter’s system was working and Vladar was stout in his first full marketing campaign. Both goaltenders play an analogous type, which makes it straightforward on teammates. I’m wondering if Vladar will play extra typically this 12 months, as Markstrom cooled in the direction of the tip of the season and didn’t carry out within the playoffs the best way he had hoped to.

5. Carolina Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen & Antti Raanta

When Andersen and Raanta are wholesome, the Hurricanes have arguably the perfect one-two punch in the whole NHL. But staying within the lineup has been a priority for each. Andersen was incredible in his first season for Carolina, successful 35 video games and stopping 92.2 % of pictures confronted. But he missed the playoffs as a result of damage. Raanta received one other 15 video games but additionally wasn’t accessible for stretches throughout the season – a typical theme all through his profession.

6. Pittsburgh Penguins: Tristan Jarry & Casey DeSmith

I don’t assume the hockey world has totally grasped simply how good the Penguins tandem was final season. While Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and different star gamers had been sidelined with accidents early within the marketing campaign, Jarry performed at a stage worthy of Vezina Trophy consideration. Pittsburgh doesn’t make the playoffs with out his efficiency. DeSmith struggled early however had a extremely sturdy end. Both goaltenders sport a profession .915 save proportion over a mixed 255 NHL common season video games.

7. Florida Panthers: Sergei Bobrovsky & Spencer Knight

Bobrovsky is coming off his greatest season since 2018-19. And Knight was glorious as soon as he returned to the Panthers from an 11-game stint within the AHL halfway by way of the 12 months. The Panthers tandem might be even higher this season underneath new head coach Paul Maurice. Especially Knight. The sky’s the restrict for the 21-year previous from Connecticut as he enters his sophomore NHL season. And don’t depend out Bobrovsky.

8. Ottawa Senators: Cam Talbot & Anton Forsberg

Forsberg could be the incumbent in Ottawa however now he has competitors. Talbot was a successful machine for Minnesota final season, incomes 32 victories in 48 begins for the Wild. At 29 years of age, Forsberg simply acquired his first one-way, multi-year NHL contract this previous offseason. But his .917 save proportion and 22-17-4 report with the Senators final season earned it. Talbot has a profession .915 save proportion in 396 NHL video games. There might be a fierce competitors for the crease in Canada’s capital metropolis.

9. Boston Bruins: Jeremy Swayman & Linus Ullmark

Swayman and Ullmark are a formidable tandem, however the true query is how far more can they offer? Ullmark sports activities a profession. 913 save proportion and has been extremely constant over 158 NHL video games. He’s , confirmed NHL goaltender. But I feel Swayman nonetheless has room to develop. His .914 save proportion in 41 video games doesn’t present how dominant he was at instances final season. The Bruins have a extremely good duo. But they want both Ullmark or Swayman to seize maintain of the No. 1 job and run with it.

10. Nashville Predators: Juuse Saros & Kevin Lankinen

The Predators wanted a strong No. 2 goaltender behind Saros. The downside is I’m unsure they received it. Saros goes to eat minutes within the Nashville crease, however at what value? He performed an NHL-high 67 video games final season however received harm proper earlier than the Stanley Cup playoffs. Saros is among the greatest within the NHL however he wants assist. And that’s not a assure from Kevin Lankinen, who struggled with the Chicago Blackhawks final 12 months.

11. Vancouver Canucks: Thatcher Demko & Spencer Martin

Somehow Demko received 33 video games final 12 months for a Canucks group that couldn’t get out of its personal manner for the primary third of the season. He performed a career-high 64 video games and solidified himself as a top-tier NHL goaltender. Martin may be of venture, however he was excellent in six video games with Vancouver final 12 months, gaining factors for his group in each begin whereas posting a .950 save proportion. Make no mistake, it’s Demko’s internet. And at 26 years previous, he’s simply now reaching his prime.

12. Dallas Stars: Jake Oettinger & Scott Wedgewood

Can Oettinger again up his efficiency from the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, when he nearly singlehandedly stole the first-round collection in opposition to Calgary? The 23-year previous from Minnesota confronted 285 Flames pictures and allowed simply 13 targets. Oettinger performed 48 video games within the NHL final season after starting the marketing campaign within the AHL. The Stars had been affected person in his growth and it’s paying off. Wedgewood has battled exhausting to earn the No. 2 job in Dallas, and Anton Khudobin will probably be accessible after lacking a good portion of final season to a hip damage.

13. Minnesota Wild: Marc-Andre Fleury & Filip Gustavsson

I wasn’t shocked when the Wild retained Fleury this offseason, signing the longer term Hall of Famer to a two-year contract extension. But what caught me off guard was electing to go together with Gustavsson in a No. 2 function. Even at 37 years previous, Fleury is an ageless surprise able to stealing video games. He’s one season faraway from successful the Vezina Trophy. Gustavsson performed 18 video games for the Ottawa Senators final 12 months, however his .892 save proportion and 5-12-1 report are a bit of regarding. Regardless, having Fleury as a mentor will probably be invaluable for the 24-year previous Swede.

14. Washington Capitals: Darcy Kuemper & Charlie Lindgren

The Capitals fully overhauled their aim crease this summer season, bringing in Stanley Cup champion Kuemper and veteran Lindgren. Kuemper didn’t obtain a lot credit score final 12 months with the Colorado Avalanche. Some of that was as a result of a sluggish begin. And he wasn’t significantly sturdy throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. But Kuemper was an integral a part of the Avalanche’s championship. After enjoying simply 5 NHL video games final 12 months for the St. Louis Blues, Lindgren was rewarded with a three-year, one-way contract with the Capitals. At 28 years previous, and with simply 29 NHL video games underneath his belt, Lindgren’s deal is of venture for the Capitals. But the low cap hit can pay dividends if the Minnesota native is as much as the duty.

15. Detroit Red Wings: Ville Husso & Alex Nedeljkovic

The Red Wings might need probably the most intriguing tandem within the NHL. Husso is recent off a breakout season with the St. Louis Blues. Nedeljkovic endured a 12 months behind one of many worst NHL defenses I’ve seen in fairly a while. The two netminders are completely different stylistically. Husso could be very structured. Nedeljkovic performs with extra circulate and may jumpstart a breakout along with his puckhandling. Both want to set up themselves as true No. 1 goaltenders within the NHL. There is motivation and alternative aplenty within the Motor City.

16. Edmonton Oilers: Jack Campbell & Stuart Skinner

If the 2020-21 model of Campbell exhibits up in Edmonton, the Oilers will probably be getting an excellent goaltender that needs to be ranked larger on this listing. But the fact is that consistency has lengthy eluded Campbell. The ability set is there, and his .916 profession save proportion is spectacular. But the wild swings in efficiency want to finish. Skinner has put within the time on the AHL stage and improved yearly of his skilled profession. He’s prepared for the NHL. Making the Oilers out of coaching camp needs to be an enormous enhance for the 23-year previous Edmonton native.

17. St. Louis Blues: Jordan Binnington & Thomas Greiss

Winning a Stanley Cup isn’t straightforward. And Binnington will ceaselessly carry that have from 2018-19 when the Blues claimed hockey’s high prize. But the 2021-22 season wasn’t Binnington’s greatest. He began out on hearth, overlaying up for the Blues’ poor defensive play. But by mid-season, he had been relegated to the No. 2 function. He regained the beginning job for the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he’ll probably roll that into the approaching season. Greiss is coming off a uncommon down 12 months in Detroit. But he’s traditionally been a constant performer, particularly in a 1B function. Greiss holds a profession .912 save proportion.

18. Winnipeg Jets: Connor Hellebuyck & David Rittich

No query final season was a grind for Hellebuyck. A .910 save proportion was properly off expectations for the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy winner. He performed 66 video games, second-most within the NHL. The Jets struggled final season, significantly on the penalty kill, however Hellebuyck merely didn’t steal as many video games as he has in earlier seasons. He’ll be busy once more this 12 months until Rittich can flip his sport round and earn extra work. The 30-year previous from the Czech Republic had a tough 2021-22 season with the Nashville Predators, posting a career-worst .886 save proportion in 17 video games.

19. Colorado Avalanche: Pavel Francouz & Alexandar Georgiev

Can Francouz declare the crease regardless of Georgiev making extra money? Contracts generally tend to dictate enjoying time, particularly with goaltenders. But I feel Francouz has been underappreciated. His numbers have been sterling in each league he’s performed in for the previous decade. Compare that to Georgiev, who received progressively worse over the course of 5 seasons with the New York Rangers. The widespread perception is that Georgiev has untapped potential, however I’m not offered. I feel there will probably be a battle for the web in Colorado.

20. Montreal Canadiens: Jake Allen & Samuel Montembeault

With the group Montreal iced final season, it’s a surprise Allen was capable of put up a .905 save proportion over the course of 35 video games. He routinely noticed greater than 35 pictures an evening but by some means stored his group in video games. Montembeault did the identical however not almost as steadily, as mirrored in his .891 save proportion. It is, nevertheless, value noting that a whole lot of Montembeault’s begins got here later within the season with a depleted Canadiens squad. Allen is a veteran presence for a rebuilding group. Health will probably be key. He missed a good portion of final season as a result of damage. But when Allen is wholesome, he’s able to high quality minutes as a No. 1.

21. Columbus Blue Jackets: Elvis Merzlikins & Joonas Korpisalo

Columbus had some brutal outings final season, but Merzlikins managed to play 59 video games and get factors in 34 of these contests. He tends to experience the emotional curler coaster, however Elvis could be a difference-maker. Korpisalo was as soon as thought-about a can’t-miss prospect for the Blue Jackets however has struggled over the previous a number of seasons. He’s coming back from hip surgical procedure with hopes of reinvigorating a once-promising profession.

22. Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson & Anthony Stolarz

Will Stolarz be known as upon extra typically this season? There’s an actual case to be made for the 6-foot-6 goaltender from New Jersey. He went 12-8-3 throughout the common season together with a .917 save proportion. Gibson, however, went 18-26-11 with a .904 save proportion. Granted the Ducks weren’t any good final 12 months, however Gibson was caught manner out of his crease and scrambling far too typically. His sport hasn’t modified in years. Can Gibson retool and get again to being a .920 or larger save proportion goaltender like he was between 2015 and 2018? Changes must be made for that to occur.

23. Toronto Maple Leafs: Matt Murray & Ilya Samsonov

Two reclamation initiatives share the crease in Toronto. It’s been three full seasons since we’ve seen the perfect model of Murray. And the Washington Capitals gave up on Samsonov regardless of deciding on him within the first spherical of the NHL Draft in 2015. Add to the combo a historical past of damage with each goaltenders and it’s exhausting to foretell what may occur within the Leafs’ crease this 12 months. Consistency has been a difficulty with each. But the upside is that Murray remains to be simply 28 years previous and Samsonov is 25. If both can harness his immense expertise, the Leafs may lastly have a long-term answer in aim.

24. New Jersey Devils: Vitek Vanecek & Mackenzie Blackwood

The Devils blamed final season’s shortcomings on goaltending. So they traded for Vanecek. He’s performed 79 NHL video games over the course of two seasons with a .908 save proportion. He’s a top quality goaltender however, to this point, he hasn’t proven the chops vital to hold the mail on the NHL stage. Can Blackwood? If he can keep wholesome and play like he did throughout the 2019-20 season, Blackwood may be the reply in aim for the Devils. But that’s an enormous if.

25. San Jose Sharks: James Reimer & Kaapo Kahkonen

Reimer has had a strong NHL profession and located most of his success in a tandem function. He’s bland in type but constant in his general efficiency. The Sharks know what they’re getting within the veteran. But Kahkonen is the unknown. He’s proven flashes of brilliance in his transient NHL profession and was the AHL’s high goaltender throughout the 2019-20 season. If Kahkonen can streamline his sport and cease chasing the play, he might be a star within the NHL. Reimer is the proper archetype for Kahkonen to be taught from.

26. Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick & Cal Petersen

Will this be Quick’s NHL swansong? He was excellent for the primary half of final season however ultimately his play dropped off dramatically. Quick nonetheless has the pure athleticism and ability to steal video games, however his lack of construction is straightforward to reveal in as we speak’s NHL. The identical may be mentioned for Petersen. His wrestle to rotate and keep sq. to the shooter caught as much as him final season, leading to an .895 save proportion over the course of 37 video games. Quick and Petersen are naturally gifted puck-stoppers, however a technical replace is due for every.

27. Vegas Golden Knights: Logan Thompson & Adin Hill

The Vegas tandem might be the toughest to rank purely as a result of inexperience. Thompson confirmed he was prepared for NHL motion final season, posting a .914 save proportion in 19 appearances. He was the AHL’s greatest goaltender throughout the 2020-21 season. But his rise to the NHL has been meteoric and it’s exhausting to foretell what may occur over the course of a whole season. As for Hill, final season was an opportunity for him to turn out to be the Sharks beginning goaltender for the subsequent decade. But he was outplayed by James Reimer and battled damage. Hill has a .908 save proportion in 74 NHL video games between the Arizona Coyotes and Sharks. In his protection, neither group was sturdy throughout his tenure there, however Hill has so much to show this 12 months in Vegas. It stays to be seen how the pecking order shakes out when Laurent Brossoit returns from damage, too.

28. Seattle Kraken: Philipp Grubauer & Martin Jones

The 2021-22 season couldn’t have gone worse for Grubauer. He got here to the growth Kraken armed with a high-dollar, long-term contract but completed close to the underside in each statistical class for NHL goaltenders. Grubauer likes to play aggressively out of his crease, however on a poor defensive group like Seattle, he was shortly uncovered on lateral performs and rebounds. A couple of easy changes to his sport would go a good distance. Jones was satisfactory in 35 video games final season for the Philadelphia Flyers, posting a .900 save proportion regardless of a really excessive quantity of pictures confronted per sport.

29. Buffalo Sabres: Eric Comrie & Craig Anderson

Here’s one other tandem that has an opportunity of rising within the rankings this season. After a number of goofy years of using the goalie carousel with a number of groups, Comrie lastly received the prospect to be a full-time NHL goalie with the Jets in 2021-22. He responded by posting a .920 save proportion in 19 video games with a 10-5-1 report. It might be argued that Winnipeg ought to have performed him extra typically final season. Comrie will get the prospect to earn the web in Buffalo. A veteran of 683 NHL common season matchups, Anderson owns a sterling .929 save proportion in 48 profession NHL Stanley Cup playoff video games. He will flip 42 years previous subsequent May as he continues to delay his second profession in auto racing.

30. Chicago Blackhawks: Petr Mrazek & Alex Stalock

Mrazek fell out of favor in Toronto after only one season and now finds himself banished to Chicago, who simply started a whole rebuild. He was harm for lengthy stretches of the 12 months and erratic in internet. So it’s in all probability factor for him that Chicago wants him to play typically. Mrazek can have the prospect to play his manner out of final 12 months’s funk. That is, if he can keep wholesome, one thing that has been a difficulty all through his profession. Stalock hasn’t been a full-time NHL goalie since 2020 and posted an .872 save proportion in 12 video games final 12 months for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. It was baffling when he acquired a one-way NHL contract this previous offseason.

31. Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Hart & …

Hart is among the greatest younger goaltenders in hockey, however because it stands, he’s all of the Flyers have. Either it’ll be 33-year previous journeyman Troy Grosenick or Sweden’s Felix Sandstrom within the No. 2 place. And whereas Grosenick was lights out within the AHL final season with the Providence Bruins, posting a .933 save proportion in 30 video games, his NHL expertise is proscribed. Sandstrom performed properly throughout 5 video games with the Flyers final season. But in 57 profession AHL video games, his .904 save proportion leaves one thing to be desired. Hart higher be able to play 60-plus video games.

32. Arizona Coyotes: Karel Vejmelka & …

Did the Coyotes neglect to signal a veteran NHL free agent goaltender this offseason? It certain feels prefer it. Vejmelka had an up-and-down first 12 months in North America, however he did handle to play 52 video games whereas studying to play on a smaller ice floor than the one in Europe. Vejmelka remains to be a little bit of a thriller however final 12 months confirmed he can cling within the NHL. It seems that Ivan Prosvetov and Jon Gillies will battle it out for the No. 2 job within the desert.

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