The most important part of the NHL season is coming up, and that means goaltending is going to be as important as ever. It is important for every team contending for the Stanley Cup to have a reliable option in net. Here are the 5 best goalies right now in the NHL for people to count on in fantasy hockey leagues and on their favorite teams.
With the league lead in wins, goals against average and save percentage, it is easy to see why he is considered to be the best goaltender in the NHL this year. The Montréal Canadiens feel like they have a legitimate shot to win the Stanley Cup for the 1st time in a while. He has been able to stay relatively healthy throughout the season, and he is been the most consistent performer in fantasy hockey leagues all year long.
Want to know why the Nashville Predators are so intimidating with the playoffs coming up? Pekka Rinne has been in fine form the entire season. Even during his recent skid, it has had more to do with his lack of teammate help than him slipping.
Washington always seems to have the talent, but this season they have been able to receive some pretty outstanding play from their top goaltender. Holtby has been particularly hot since the All-Star break, and he could easily ride that streak the rest of the way to make this team very dangerous.
Injury issues have limited Elliott a little bit this year, but people in fantasy hockey leagues are really starting to count on him down the stretch for the St. Louis Blues. They are one of the best teams in the NHL this year, and a healthy Elliott puts them in a great position. He has moved up to 4th in the NHL in goals against average, and the best might still be to come.
With all due respect to goaltenders such as Devan Dubnyk and Corey Crawford, It is still hard to keep Fleury out of the top 5 when completely healthy. The 30-year-old might not be having a consistent year so far, but he certainly seems to be playing well enough to keep Pittsburgh in contention once again.