BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the third period against the Calgary Flames on January 5, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames 9-0!
1. Henrik Lundqvist (1): The undisputed #1 heading into December, he also posted the #1 best numbers last month. It is no wonder they call him "King."
2. Jonathan Quick (5): Quick leads the NHL with 6 shutouts, has a 1.93 GAA and .934 Save%, good for 4th and 5th best in the league, and his winning % should only improve.
4. Pekka Rinne (4): Rinne has won 5 of his last 6 starts and has put his mid-season blues in his rear view.
5. Jimmy Howard (7): Howard is #1 in the league in Wins with 24 and sparkling peripherals to boot: 2.05 GAA and .924 Save%. Yes, please.
6. Roberto Luongo (12): Isn't it amazing how every season Lu stinks it up early on and then gets on a tear? He's on a tear again.
7. Antti Niemi (11): Niemi has remained solid while other goaltenders who were expected to be in the Top 10-15 have faltered.
8. Marc-Andre Fleury (3): Fleury drops five spots primarily due to the fact that his team "leads" the league in man games lost to injury. The players on IR are vital to the team's success: Crosby, Letang, and Staal.
9. Tuukka Rask (off): Among netminders who have played at least 10 games, Rask is #1 in the league in both GAA (1.59) and Save% (.945). He's behind Thomas, but should get more starts to close out the regular season.
11. Brian Elliott (18): Second only to Rask with a 1.62 GAA and .940 Save%, the platoon system in St. Louis suits him quite well.
12. Jaroslav Halak (19): The coaching change appears to have done him wonders. Halak has posted Top 10 numbers over the past 30 days, and clearly enjoys playing in the new system.
13. Carey Price (9): Price has put in a pretty brutal month, but he has the talent and Montreal has no other options so look for him to play his way out of his funk.
14. Corey Crawford (16): Crawford has struggled periodically this season, but he's still the #1 and has a lot of horsepower in front of him in Chicago.
15. Kari Lehtonen (13): Lehtonen has struggled some since returning from his groin injury. Hopefully, he's just shaking rust.
16. Nicklas Backstrom (10): Last month it was all systems Go! for Backstrom, but he's struggled since then, and Harding has been excellent when given the chance.
17. Mike Smith (20): I'm still not sold on Smith as I cannot forget his two years in Tampa at sub-.900, but he is re-united with Tippett and has posted solid digits this season.
18. Cam Ward (14): Of the big name goaltenders who are struggling this season (e.g., Bryzgalov, Miller, Hiller, Brodeur), Ward appears to have the best chance at a good second half.
19. Semyon Varlamov (23): Varly had strung together 4 W's in a row prior to last night's loss to Nashville (Rinne).
20. Miikka Kiprusoff (24): Kipper is having a solid season with a 2.49 GAA and .915 Save%. Giordano may return soon, too, and that can only help.
22. Craig Anderson (30): Zoiks! Over the past month, Andy has been a Top 5 goaltender. His won 6 of his last 7 games. Get 'em while they're hot!
23. Sergei Bobrovsky (off): He's been so clearly superior to Bryz (2.45 and .919 versus 3.07 and .891) that he's forcing the Flyers to give him more starts.
24. Cory Schneider (17): Schneider has won 3 of his last 4 starts and has posted a 2.30 GAA and .927 Save%, however, he's only started 4 games since December 7th.
25. Jose Theodore (27): He's on IR for the next week or two, but will return as the clear #1. He's been solid, if not spectacular so far winning 50% of his starts (14 of 28).
26. Josh Harding (26): With Backstrom ahead of him and stumbling somewhat, Harding could see more playing time during the second half of the season. His 2.15 GAA and .932 Save% suggest he can handle more responsibility. If the Wild provide more goal support, he'd be higher.
27. Ondrej Pavelec (28): He's been better of late and he's the clear #1, but still hard to trust with a 2.94 GAA and .908 Save%.
30. Ilya Bryzgalov (21): He's being outplayed by Bobrovsky (see above), but his enormous contract guarantees he'll continue to see action and the Flyers offence is elite.