Crashing the Crease: Who's Hot, Who's Not
Crashing the Crease: Who's Hot, Who's Not

This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.

The season is young and it's, of course, unwise to overreact to early successes or struggles, but here are some goaltenders who are heating up the ice, and others were are cold, cold, cold.

WHO'S HOT

Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche - He's been MVP of the Avs as much as Nathan MacKinnon or Mikko Rantanen, sporting a 1.56 GAA and .953 save percentage this season and a .970 save percentage on the penalty kill, a big reason why the Avs are third in the league. He doesn't get attention because he's been injured so often, but Varlamov is creeping back into elite status and becoming a must-start goaltender behind the Avs' torrid top line. Varlamov has not posted a save percentage below .926 in any game this season.

Jaroslav Halak, Bruins -
Halak shut out the Flyers in his most recent start and has a .945 save percentage this season, while Tuukka Rask continues to struggle with consistency. The more Rask struggles, the more starts Halak will get if he can keep this up. The Bruins have a light schedule with just two games this week but Bruce Cassidy may consider giving Halak one of those starts.

Antti Raanta, Darcy Kuemper, Coyotes -
Kuemper has allowed just two goals in his last two starts and filled in admirably for Antti Raanta, who returned from illness yesterday and made 30 saves in a 7-1 win against the Lightning. However, Kuemper's strong play could give more reason

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