This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
This is it. The final two weeks of the season and our final look at some key goalies down the stretch before the playoffs begin. Although we have a pretty good idea of which teams will make it, playoff seeding matters and teams are well aware of it. Here's the rundown:
Jordan Binnington, Blues
Remaining Schedule: vs. VGK, at NYR, at NJD, vs. COL, at CHI, vs. PHI, vs. VAN (7)
How good has he been since taking the No. 1 job?
Goalie A: 20-4-1, .933 Sv%, .939 EV Sv% 1.76 GAA
Goalie B: 21-6-2, .932 Sv%, .935 EV Sv%, 2.15 GAA
One is obviously Binnington, and you'd think it's Goalie B, but those stats actually belong to Andrei Vasilevskiy, an elite goalie playing on a historically good team. The Blues have yet to clinch and have just one back-to-back, and entering Sunday, Binnington has made just 42 appearances in the AHL and NHL this season, so even if he starts all the remaining games, he should still be fresh for the playoffs. Of the Blues' remaining games, only the Knights and Avalanche are in playoff position, giving them one of the easiest finishes to the regular season. Don't be surprised if Binnington ends the final two weeks as the league's top goalie.
Ben Bishop, Stars
Remaining Schedule: at WPG, at CGY, at EDM, at VAN, vs. PHI, at CHI, vs. MIN (7)
If it weren't for Bishop, the Stars wouldn't be cutting it this close