This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
The NHL's All-Star rosters were revealed last week, with the new format ensuring that exactly two goaltenders from each division made the cut. While the added requirement of representing each team certainly made it more difficult to select the true eleven best players from each division, there are still plenty of snubs whose fans believe they should've been in. This is true even when looking just at the goalie position, as can be seen below.
Atlantic: It's hard to argue with the selections of Carey Price and Tuukka Rask. Their respective teams rank first and second in the Atlantic, and stellar play in net is the biggest reason why. Detroit's Jimmy Howard has outplayed both of them with a 1.96 GAA and .934 save percentage, but he also has just five wins due to a combination of missing time due to injury and poor play by the team in front of him. Nobody else has a much of a case given the combination of heavy playing time, personal statistics and team success displayed by Price and Rask.
Metropolitan:Sergei Bobrovsky and Braden Holtby are both serious Vezina Trophy contenders, with each posting top-4 numbers in both GAA and save percentage, Bobrovsky leading the league in wins and Holtby in shutouts. Cam Ward's reliability and workload in Carolina have been impressive, but not nearly enough to justify bumping one of those two. Henrik Lundqvist's departure from his usual stellar form and Matt Murray's recent scuffles only made