Ranking the Goalies Most Likely to Make a Big Impact in the 2015 NHL Playoffs

March 31st, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
Goaltenders are often the last to get credit for victories and the first to be blamed for losses. In the playoffs, there isn't a more important position.

The spotlight will be on the backstops, with the bigger stage and higher pressure amplifying every mistake. On the other side of the coin, good play will dominate highlight reels, and some netminders will have a shot at stealing a series or two with their performances.

Based on their play down the stretch, their trends on the season and their history in pressure situations, we take a look at some of the big names between the pipes and rank how likely they are to make a big impact in the coming playoffs.

You'll notice guys like Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks and recent streaker Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators didn't make the cut. Andersen has competition internally for the starting job and plays behind one of the best lineups in the NHL—which makes what he does less important at times. Hammond isn't a lock to get into the postseason. If he does, his inexperience may finally show.

Click through to see the top-ranked potential difference-makers and feel free to ...

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