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Sports Vezina Trophy Power Rankings: Rinne on track for 1st of his career

16:52  14 march  2018
16:52  14 march  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Takeaways: Jets-Predators has us eager for a playoff series

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In the first edition of theScore's Vezina Trophy Power Rankings , editor Josh Wegman ranks the top goaltenders around the league from this season. That puts an absurd amount of pressure on a goaltender, but last year's Vezina Trophy winner has handled it with relative ease.

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In the first edition of theScore's Vezina Trophy Power Rankings, editor Josh Wegman ranks the top goaltenders around the league from this season.

5. Frederik Andersen, Maple Leafs

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If there's one word to describe Frederik Andersen, it's workhorse. The Maple Leafs netminder leads the league in games started, minutes played, shots against, and saves.

They haven't exactly been low-stress minutes, either. Among playoff teams, the Leafs allow the most shots against per game, the second-most scoring chances against per 60 minutes, and the sixth-most high-danger scoring chances against per 60 minutes, per Natural Stat Trick.

Arvidsson powers Predators past Oilers 4-2

  Arvidsson powers Predators past Oilers 4-2 EDMONTON - Viktor Arvidsson scored a pair of goals as the Nashville Predators came from behind to record a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Scott Hartnell and Austin Watson also scored for the Predators (40-14-9), who have won six games in a row. Nashville's David Polie earned his 1,320th career win as a general manager, the most in NHL history. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl replied for the Oilers (27-33-4), who have lost two straight.McDavid showed some patience in front of the net, waiting for Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne to commit before scoring his 29th goal of the season to open the scoring 11 minutes into the first period.

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The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's (NHL) goaltender who is "adjudged to be the best at this position". At the end of each season, the thirty-one NHL general managers vote to determine the winner.

Andersen has been able to overcome these obstacles and post a better save percentage than Tuukka Rask, for example, who isn't tested nearly as often.

4. Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets

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The Blue Jackets rank 25th in goals per game - lower than any other current playoff team - meaning there isn't much room for error for Bobrovsky. If he allows more than two goals in a game, chances are Columbus isn't going to win.

That puts an absurd amount of pressure on a goaltender, but last year's Vezina Trophy winner has handled it with relative ease. In fact, Bobrovsky has been able to hide some of his team's defensive flaws, as he ranks first in the NHL in high-danger save percentage among goalies with at least 30 games played, per Corsica.

The case for Leafs’ Andersen to win the Hart Trophy over the Vezina

  The case for Leafs’ Andersen to win the Hart Trophy over the Vezina The case can be made: Frederik Andersen for Hart. The Maple Leafs goalie will almost certainly get lots of consideration for the Vezina Trophy, given to the goalie adjudged to be the best at his position. Other goalies have better save percentages and goals-against averages, which will work in their favour with Vezina voters. Still, Andersen has given a still-young team with questionable defence and key players injured a chance to win just about every one of his starts. That can’t be overstated.

Predators' Pekka Rinne has become the Vezina Trophy favorite. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is having one of his best seasons -- and he has It’s been an amazing career for a player the Predators had to evaluate only in warmups because he wasn’t playing much for his Finnish team before his

And the 2018 Vezina Trophy goes to Pekka Rinne . Like many of us expected and all of us hoped, Pekka Rinne won his first ever Vezina Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards event in Las Vegas.

3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning

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Vasilevskiy was the front-runner for the Vezina after a blazing-hot start, posting a .939 save percentage in his first 34 games, but it appears his first season with a starter's workload has led to some fatigue, as his save percentage in the 23 games since then is just .902.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has cemented himself as one of the league's top goaltenders. Those who believe he's a byproduct of the team in front of him are mistaken. In fact, it's hard to believe the Lightning would sit atop the NHL's standings if it weren't for their stud netminder.

2. Connor Hellebuyck, Jets

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The Jets didn't make any major offseason moves, yet they've already surpassed their point total from last season by five with still 12 games to go. While health has been a contributing factor to their turnaround, the single biggest reason for their improvement has been the play of Connor Hellebuyck in goal.

Rinne makes 32 saves as Predators beat Jets 3-1

  Rinne makes 32 saves as Predators beat Jets 3-1 NASHVILLE - Facing a tired team, the Nashville Predators jumped on Winnipeg early. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and the surging Predators scored two short-handed goals in beating the Jets 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings. Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12. The Predators reached 100 points in 69 games, the fastest mark in franchise history. The defending Western Conference champions are even with Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay — and Nashville has played one fewer game.Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, losers of three straight.

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Vezina Trophy leaders Andrei Vasilevskiy, Pekka Rinne going in opposite directions. Vasilevskiy has played more games this season (57) than the former backup has in his career (50 last season), and he told the Tampa Bay Timeslast week that he was feeling some fatigue.

He's been an absolute rock between the pipes since the get-go, never posting lower than a .911 save percentage in any month, and nothing higher than a 2.63 GAA.

1. Pekka Rinne, Predators

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Rinne is first in the NHL in both GAA and save percentage among netminders with at least 40 games played. Not only has he simply stopped the puck at a better rate than any other goaltender with a full starter's workload, but he's also arguably the league's best puck handler - a wildly underrated aspect of the position.

Rinne is having one of the best season's of his career in his age-35 season, and he's primed to finally get recognized for his efforts with his first Vezina Trophy.

Honorable mentions: Tuukka Rask, Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury, John Gibson

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Vezina Trophy Power Rankings: Bobrovsky, Gibson make late surges .
Welcome to the second edition of theScore's Vezina Trophy Power Rankings, where we rank this season's top five goaltenders. 5. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning Previously: 3rd 5.

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