November Fantasy Hockey Rankings:  Goaltenders

The first month of real hockey is in the books, and we have a lot of juicy, new data to consider.

There is a new #1 and a couple netminders breaking into the Top 10.  Check 'em out.

Goaltender Rankings -->> Top 30

                Note:   Goaltenders are ranked for their expected performance from this point to the end of the 2011-2012 season using standard scoring league categories:  Wins, GAA, and Save%.  Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals (3): The pre-season planted a bit of doubt, but this is clearly Vokoun's crease.  He's been outstanding--6 Wins in 8 starts, a 2.15 GAA and .932 Save%--and he has a strong team in front of him.  It is all systems go for "Voky."

2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres (2) Healthy and with increased goal support, Miller should make a run at his 2nd Vezina in three years.

3. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (1):   This team really misses Marc Staal.  No one more than the King.

4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins (6)Former #1 overall is playing like it.  Team is resilient and may be getting a superstar back into the lineup on 11.11.11.

5. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators (5) Consistent excellence.  Some concern about the Preds ability to score goals, but so far they've done okay.

6. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (18) The most dominant goalie to this point in the season.  Will move higher if he can maintain this level of performance and put more distance between he and Bernier.

7. Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes (10) Good start.  Top talent.  Boucher looks shaky, and may not receive as many starts as originally estimated.

8. Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (20):  He appears to have found the key to staying fit and strong.  Remember that he started 68 games last year.

9. Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks (7): He hasn't been as consistent as expected, but at least the vertigo appears to be in the rear view.  Hiller should find his groove. 

10. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks (4)Another ugly October.  Time to buy low?  Not me.  I don't like his mindset, but if you can acquire him on the cheap history will be on your side.

11. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (9): Last month, I said I wasn't totally sold on Price and his early season woes did nothing to win me over.  His past few starts, however, have been terrific. 

12. Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (11)Thomas has been stout, but the rest of team is apparently hung over.  Rask doesn't appear to be much of a threat.  If the Bs get it together, he can move up from here.

13. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings (16) Prime bounceback candidate appears to be doing just that.  Conkblock is no threat.

14. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (12)What sophmore slump?  Crawford looks solid.

15. Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (14) Two poor games followed by three strong ones then another clunker.  Jury is still out on Niemi.

16. Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers (8) First two games and his last game were strong.  The six games in between, however, were brutal.  The Flyers may be better than the Coyotes, but not for goaltenders. 

17. Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild (15): So far, about what was expected--a good #2 goaltender in fantasy.  There is some upside here, too.

18. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche (22)Strong start, but has been less than stellar lately.

19. James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs: (17)  His team is in 1st place in the Northeast.  Hopefully his non-concussion doesn't keep him out much longer.

20. Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks (27)The only thing holding him back is lack of starts, however, those may come...you never know.  In the meantime, it is better to have his less frequent quality starts than a workhorse with poor numbers.

21. Brian Elliott, Blues (off):   In 5 GP, he has 4 wins, a 1.67 GAA and .942 Save%.  He's not just "outplaying" Halak, he's trouncing him.  Halak has an .843 save% this year, and last year he posted a mediocre .910.

22. Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers (26): The Oilers are off to a 6-2-2 start, and DD has been stout:  1.98 GAA and .938 save %.  Khabby has been even better, though, and that's limited his playing time.  Be patient.

23. Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames (29) Kipper has been great in the early going even as his team has struggled out of the chute.

24. Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning (23)Similar to Bryzgalov, he hit a rough patch in the middle of the month.  His last start he pitched a shutout and appears to be back on track.  Lot of upside here.

25. Jacob Markstrom, Panthers (off)He's "stuck" behind Theodore (and possibly Clemmensen), but he's been sensational so far:  2.11 GAA and .945 Save%.  The future has to start sometime, why not now?

26. Nikolai KhabibulinEdmonton Oilers (off): To be perfectly honest, I don't trust this guy.  Ride him while he's hot and/or sell high on him.  His career save% is a pedestrian .907, and he has only had 2 good years this millenia:  2001-02 in TB and 2008-09 with CHI.

27. Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes (off) This is more a hat tip to Dave Tippett than to Mike Smith.  DT's system is helping Smith considerably.

28. Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets (25)An ugly start on a team that looks like an expansion club.  Pavelec is wildly inconsistent. At some point he'll probably look like a Vezina contender.  Good luck predicting when that will be.

29. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators (21)He's won 5 starts in a row.  No that is not a typo.

30. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils (24)Last month I wrote, "Some are expecting a return to glory.  I am not."  Sounds like full-blown timeshare with Hedberg.  And now he says his shoulder may "never heal."  Great.

On the bubbleMark Dekanich, CLS; Jonathan Bernier, LAK; Mathieu Garon, TBL; Johan Hedberg, NJD; and Jaroslav Halak, STL.

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