Ever wonder why some of those Southeast Division teams are so bad? ... With such great scoring stars, why do these teams have so much trouble winning?
Simple answer: bad goaltending. It doesn’t matter how many goals you score if you have a sieve at your own end of the ice.
There are 44 goalies who have played at least 1200 minutes so far this season, and of the five men who have the league’s lowest save percentages, three of them are Southeast regulars. Here’s that bottom five:
rank goalie, team mins sv pctg 40 Johan Hedberg, Atl 1,492 .896 41 Fredrik Norrena, Clm 1,384 .896 42 Ray Emery, Ott 1,297 .892 43 Johan Holmqvist, TB 2,288 .890 44 Olaf Kolzig, Wsh 2,591 .887
Luckily for Atlanta, they have a better goaltender than Hedberg. But Tampa and Washington are in trouble if those numbers continue.