January Fantasy Hockey Rankings:  Goaltenders

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. New York Rangers 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. Los Angeles Kings 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.

3. Boston Bruins Tim Thomas (2): The Bruins are annihilating the league right now and Thomas is still the clear #1. He may be rested more down the stretch though, so keep that in mind.

4. Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne (4): Rinne has won 5 of his last 6 starts and has put his mid-season blues in his rear view.

5. Detroit Red Wings 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. Vancouver Canucks 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. San Jose Sharks Antti Niemi (11): Niemi has remained solid while other goaltenders who were expected to be in the Top 10-15 have faltered.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins 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. Boston Bruins 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.

10. Washington Capitals Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals (6): Vokoun had strung together 4 outstanding performances (all wins) to close out December, however, his last two games were clunkers.

11. St Louis Blues 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. St Louis Blues 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. Montreal Canadiens 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. Chicago Blackhawks 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. Dallas Stars Kari Lehtonen (13): Lehtonen has struggled some since returning from his groin injury. Hopefully, he's just shaking rust.

16. Minnesota Wild 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. Phoenix Coyotes 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. Carolina Hurricanes 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. Colorado Avalanche Semyon Varlamov (23): Varly had strung together 4 W's in a row prior to last night's loss to Nashville (Rinne).

20. Calgary Flames 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.

21. Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller (8): Not sure if he's still feeling the effects of being run by Milan Lucic, but Miller's performance so far has not been up to his standards.

22. Ottawa Senators 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. Philadelphia Flyers 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. Vancouver Canucks 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. Florida Panthers 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. Minnesota Wild 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. Winnipeg Jets 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%.

28. New York Islanders Evgeni Nabokov (off): Last man standing. Due to injuries to Montoya and DiPietro, Nabokov has started 10 in a row, and won 5 while playing well. Would get a bump in value if he's traded to Tampa.

29. New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur (off): He got pulled last night, but he had been playing better as of late (#22 over the past 30 days).

30. Philadelphia Flyers 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.

On the bubble:
James Reimer
, Jonas Gustavsson, Jhonas Enroth, Jonas Hiller, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
, Ray Emery.

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