Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas is arguably the best team in the NHL, so it is no surprise for them to have two great goalies. Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury are both capable of starting for any team. Vegas plans to split evenly between both goalies in the regular season before riding the hot hand in the playoffs.
Carey Price has easily been one of the best goalies in the NHL for more than a decade. Despite his lengthy dominance, Price is still in the prime of his career. Jake Allen will serve as Price’s backup. Allen spent the last few years as the starter in St. Louis, so he is more than capable of filling the shoes of his legendary partner.
It is hard to top the goaltending tandem of Tuuka Rask and Jaroslav Halak in Boston. The two excellent goalies combined to give up the fewest goals in the NHL last season. Rask may get most of the media and fans’ attention, but Halak’s numbers have been just as good since joining the Bruins two years ago.
Most teams with two great options in the net are instant contenders, but that is not the Arizona Coyotes case. Despite having the great goalie tandem of Darcy Keumper and Antii Ranta, the Coyotes will likely struggle to make the playoffs this season. The Arizona defense holes leave Ranta and Keumper exposed far too often, but the excellent goalies usually bail out their teammates.
Over the last five years, Ben Bishop has cemented his spot as the NHL’s best goalie. The Dallas Stars do not have to worry about a drop in play when they rest their starter. Backup Anton Khodubin actually led the league in saved percentage last year. The only thing that can hold them back is Bishop’s lengthy injury history.