The NHL's top goalie tandems
August, 22, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
USA TODAY SportsCrawford and Rask led their teams to the Cup final, but where do they land in the tandem ranks?Continuing with our theme this week of assessing the best teams in the NHL at every position -- we looked at forward groups on Tuesday and defenseman groups on Wednesday -- the post today is on the men in the crease.
You already know who the best goalies in the league are -- players such as Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Sergei Bobrovsky and Pekka Rinne. But it gets more interesting when it comes down to which teams have the best goalie depth. Here is my take on the top 10 goaltending tandems entering this season, as well as thoughts from an opposing goalie in each case.
General manager Lou Lamoriello's addition of Cory Schneider on draft day remains one of the more masterful moves of the summer, a trade that helps counteract the drain on talent that has hit New Jersey the past couple of offseasons with the departure of Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson.
Having the duo of Schneider and future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur on the roster means that the Devils will have an elite goalie in net every game. Schneider comes over with a career save percentage of .927, and Brodeur is at .913, although he has been below that for the past three seasons. Schneider's time in Vancouver proves he knows how to handle a two-goalie rotation with professionalism and class.
Opposing goalie's breakdown: "That's one of those situations where it's a perfect changing of the guard. Brodeur has been the backbone and now their transition is going to be extremely simple. Schneider in the last few years was able to learn from Roberto Luongo, now he has a chance to learn from Marty for a year. I think it's a perfect scenario. It'll be interesting to see how they manage ice time when they have two starting-caliber goalies."