Crashing the Crease: Testing Father Time
Crashing the Crease: Testing Father Time

This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.

We've extensively examined young goaltenders here before, but it's time to show the old guys some love. Seven NHL netminders are currently 34 years of age or older: Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller, Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne and Mike Smith. While Father Time catches up with everyone eventually, different players decline at different rates. It's time to examine how well this veteran group is holding up thus far.

Smith has been very consistent besides a positive outlier in 2011-12 and a negative one in 2014-15. While some could blame his lower-body injury on old age, it's fair to say it was more a product of bad luck. Smith's still playing at the same 2.67-GAA level that he has maintained throughout his career, and any decline this season would likely be due to poor defensive play by the young team in front of him.

Rinne is looking spry as ever at age 34, as indicated by his appearance in the Top Performers section below. He has finished with a 2.53 GAA or less in seven of the past eight seasons, and shouldn't have a problem exceeding that mark again this year.

Lundqvist continues to play at the same elite level he has displayed since cracking the NHL in 2005-06. Any slight dropoff from the veteran this season will be overshadowed by the Rangers' improvement on offense, anyway.

Budaj looked like the NHL had finally passed him by after appearing in just one

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