Monday, November 30, 2009

Goaltending, Goaltending, Goaltending

I've always said that goaltending is everything in hockey. The Maple Leafs have certainly learned that of late. Most people would agree that the Leafs have played pretty good hockey over the past 10 games. However, there record is only 3-5-2 over that span for a net of 8 points.

Well that's because they have had a streak of top goalies in that timeframe. Including tonight, they have faced 5 out of the top ten goalies based on GAA and SAV%. That group includes Miller, Vokoun, Niitymaki, Kiprusoff and Huet. In most of these games the Leafs outshot their opponents by quite a margin.

Poor Jonas Gustavsson is just no match for these veteran goalies, most of whom will starters in the Olympics for their national teams.