Timo Seppa writes that goaltending is always a key to playoff success, but netminders have been especially dominant this season. Behind Mike Smith, Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist, we could even call it the Year of the Goalie.
Hockey Prospectus uses its GVT metric to rank the top-10 skaters and top-five goalies from the early going of the 2011-12 season. The Leafs' Phil Kessel leads the way.
A hot netminder can lead a team to the Stanley Cup. So who's this year's Cam Ward?