This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
The season is taking shape, and some goalies are living up to expectations while others are not. Below are goaltenders who are heating up the ice, and others who are cold, cold, cold.
Frederik Andersen, Maple Leafs - A 6-3 loss to the Bruins on Saturday aside, Andersen has been excellent all season for the Buds. Andersen's .926 save percentage ranks fourth in the league, and just to prove it's no fluke, he is third at even strength at .935. Even though his GAA is trending upward and he's allowed two goals or fewer just twice in his past eight appearances, it's mostly because the Leafs play a risky, up-tempo style. Case in point, during the Leafs' five-game winning streak, they allowed more than 40 shots in four of those games. The Leafs will play their next four games on the road, three of which are against non-playoff teams and none are back-to-back, so expect Andersen to start all, if not most, of those games.
Ben Bishop, Stars - Bishop has played just two games since returning from a lower-body injury, but he won games, allowing three goals, including a 41-save effort against the Sharks. Statistically, Bishop is having one of his best seasons and ranks 10th in the league in save percentage at even strength (.926) and third against the opposition power play (.914) among goalies with at least 15 appearances. The Stars' blue line has been decimated by injuries, but with the way Bishop