Say what you will about shootouts, but they're pretty important. That's why it's helpful to have a good goalie who you can count on to stop the other team and squeeze out that extra point for a W.
It appears the Rangers and Predators are getting the most help from their goalies, according to a recent poll by Sports Illutrated. Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne were voted the toughest goalies to beat in a shootout, in a poll of 186 NHL players.
Each of the two received 28 percent of the vote, with Rinne actually capturing 40 percent of the ballot from Western Conference players. Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Miller were the next two on the list, with Tim Thomas rounding out the top five.
While Rinne leads all active goalies in career shootout save percentage, Thomas is right up there with shootout success this year. The Bruins goalie is 3-0 in shootouts this season, posting wins over Chicago, Buffalo and Philadelphia.