Morning Free Association: NHL’s Top Goalies

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The NHL has compiled a new list of the top 10 goalies right now. You may not be surprised by who is number 1 but the netminder at 10 just might.

  1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning; it’s not a surprise that the 2019 Vezina Trophy winner and recent Stanley Cup Champion is at the top of this list. He finished in the top 3 in 2020 Vezina balloting after posting a .918 save percentage during the regular season and a stunning .927 in 25 playoff games, with a goals allowed average of 1.90. It’s hard to get a puck by him.
  2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; I almost, but not quite, feel bad for that contingent of Bruins fans who always call for the trade of this sparkly BAMF. Sure, he opted out of the NHL bubble early in their series against Carolina and that did not help his cause, but his stats (.929 SV%, 2.12 GAA) show that Tuukka is a great goalie. Along with his backup, Jaroslav Halak, he won the William M Jennings trophy for allowing the fewest goals. So screw those guys.
  3. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets; Current Vezina winner who took on the brunt of the netminding for a mediocre team. He’s the only reason they won games last season. Perhaps he should be sainted.
  4. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars; Did he even play last season? He did and he shared the load with one of our favorite dudes. Unfortunately, Bishop will be out for a few months after the season eventually starts due to meniscus surgery of his right knee.
  5. Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues; Throw this shitbag in the Bin(nington).
  6. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens; I feel like he’s always an obligatory add to these types of lists. Like Bergeron is to Selke contention, Price is to top goalie lists.
  7. Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes; Again, another goalie who propped up his team.
  8. Robin Lehner, Vegas Golden Knights; He’s all but succeeded Marc-Andre Fleury as the Golden Knights primary goalie. He seems to keep getting better each year.
  9. Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames; Markstrom had a career season with the Canucks and helped them get to the postseason but they couldn’t afford to keep him. Calgary hopes that he’ll be able to do that and thensome  for the next 6 years.
  10. Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars; Dobby carried the team when Bishop couldn’t perform ad he almost won them a championship. He’s the best backup goalie and teammate there is!

dobby!

What’s surprising about this list is the absence of young goalie and future Bruin, Carter Hart. His stats are better than Jordan Binnington, who made it on the list. Maybe it’s anti-Gritty bias: since Gritty loves him so much, no one can vote for or have him. I guess we can thank Blades for not being that way.

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GH made me guess the list this year, and while I knew a few, I was really hard-pressed to name any after that. All of the usual favorites were having down years. Hank? Canned. Holtby? Canned. Freddie Anderson? Nope. Flower? Nope. Varlamov? Meh. Greiss? Meh. Bob? Puhleeeease. Pekka? *puking noise*

Price? Sucked – yet still on the list. Bishop? Outplayed by his backup, yet still on the list.

Forgot about Binnington, Kuemper & Markstrom. Binnington wasn’t even that good, but…

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WTAF? I fixed that spelling error when I added the tags. Aaaaarrrrrrrrrgh.

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Morning all. Finally got around to logging back into Hulu after a few months of being too lazy to look for the password. Glad I did because it recommended I watch Absolutely Fabulous which I haven’t watched in a long time.
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Ab Fab is so much fun!

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We binged Escape at Dannemora. It`s hard to believe it really happened, but it did. Great 7 part Showtime miniseries.

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Sounds interesting, but we don’t get Showtime here sad
Showtime always seems almost interesting enough to subscribe to, and we have too many services as-is.

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Yeah, Showtime has that one thing you want to watch but not enough other stuff to really make it worthwhile.

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This week in Housebuilding 101…… spray foam insulation! We had to get areas where the radiators will be mounted ready. Didn`t want to have most of the house spray foam and have fiberglass bats behind the radiators so we bought the kit and did a youtube crash course. It worked out pretty well.

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Ah superb – we have spray foam insulation in the loft – sprayed all over the ceiling (or the underside of the roof, as it is!) Much better than fibreglass

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I don’t really want the spray foam, but I do want to install spray foam, because it looks so satisfying to install.

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It took three guys to do our loft. I wouldn’t attempt to do anything like that myself as I am useless at it.

A few months ago we changed the light in our bathroom from a regular bulb-type to an LED light. Sonia did it really. My only contributions (apart from undoing some screws) were to suggest using the wrong size drill bit and to advise wiring the light in the wrong way round. She wisely ignored my suggestions!

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Ha! I still laugh at the time my friend and I figured out a good solution her car window stop making the annoying sound it was making. Well, it was a good solution until we realized we’d be gluing the window shut! lol

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Wearing that suit! So much sweat. Chemical suits don`t breath

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Morning folks.

No Pekka on the list? Is he still any good? I’m gonna need a refresher course before the new season starts I think – can barely remember anything about last season!

Lovely countryside walk yesterday in unseasonably pleasant weather. We stopped for lunch in a churchyard that overlooked a park full of deer, and one huge rabbit. It inspired me to start reading Watership Down to Leah last night. Do you guys know that book or is it an English thing? My copy is older than me so have to be careful it doesn’t fall apart (just like me).

We’ve got a guy here sorting our damp issue. New plaster – lots of dust and noise. We weren’t expecting him till tomorrow! Ah well, sooner is better.

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I love Watership Down and have read it more than once!

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Stripes being anonymous today! Left my tablet up north.

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I don’t think I’ve read it, but have definitely seen an animated version. There are a fair number of enthusiasts around here but it isn’t anywhere near as popular here as it seems to be in the UK.

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Good morning!
Carter Hart should be around 5 on this list. His omission is egregious! When does he become a Bruin? Can we get Gritty, too?