This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
So far this season, 102 new players have joined the NHL ranks. Of those debuting players, eight have been goaltenders. St. Louis' Pheonix Copley faced six shots at the big-league level last year, but the Alaska native will be included here since he didn't make his first NHL start until Saturday. Here's how the nine fresh faces have fared:
Detroit's Jared Coreau (5-1-2) and San Jose's Aaron Dell (5-2-0) are tied for the lead in wins, which would also be shared by Nashville's Juuse Saros if his one start last season didn't make him ineligible for the purposes of this exercise. Coreau has been the beneficiary of some excellent luck, first getting his opportunity due to Jimmy Howard's MCL sprain and then accruing a solid record despite a lackluster 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage. With Howard nowhere near a return and Petr Mrazek struggling to the tune of a 3.13 GAA and .895 save percentage, Coreau should continue to get opportunities for a middling Red Wings team looking to scrap its way into the playoffs. Dell has been more deserving of his strong record with a 1.84 GAA and .933 save percentage, but will continue to see very limited opportunities as long as 27-year-old starter Martin Jones stays healthy.
Bruins backup Zane McIntyre is third in appearances with seven, but has yet to notch his first victory behind Tuukka Rask. Conversely, Philadelphia's Anthony Stolarz is yet to experience defeat with a 2-0-0 record in four appearances. The