This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
It's not surprising to see some of the season's top performers in net fading a bit down the stretch. The wear and tear of an 82-game campaign coupled with the inability to stay focused on the present with the playoffs looming causes even the best goalies to let a few extra pucks by them. While Devan Dubnyk made the "falling" section last week and Braden Holtby lands there this week, the two of them still remain the premier options in net along with Sergei Bobrovsky. All three have won north of 35 games while sporting a sub-2.20 GAA and a save percentage over .925. So just how elite is their company from the past five seasons?
Only five other goalies have reached even 30 wins. Of those five, just Tuukka Rask (2.24), Martin Jones (2.25) and Carey Price (2.27) are even close to sniffing the GAA requirement, but only Price's .922 is even remotely close to the save percentage mark. Scott Darling would qualify in terms of both GAA and save percentage but has just 16 wins, and Craig Anderson sits 14 wins and a .03 GAA short of qualifying.
Last season's only qualified option was Ben Bishop, who had 35 wins with a 2.06 GAA and .926 save percentage. Holtby was the only other player remotely close, but he finished with a .920 save percentage. Price and Dubnyk both met all three thresholds in the previous campaign, with Pekka Rinne falling just .02 shy in save percentage.