This award usually credited to the goalie with the best statistics, obviously the goalie who is the best goalie in the league and much of the talk for the Vezina has been centered around two guys all season it seems and, a lot of fans and players are saying the choice for the Vezina is a no-brainer, but with the recent play of Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. Let’s pump the brakes on giving this award to Andrei Vasailevskiy already people.
Right now Pekka Rinne has 40 wins, marking his third 40-win season, tying him for second place all-time. Not to mention Rinne has been nearly flawless in his last month of play, over the last 11 games he has picked up a win in all 11, and during those 11 games, he has allowed just 18 goals while posting 3 shutouts during that span as well. Rinne on the year has 2.21 goals against, making him 2nd among goalies with 40 plus games started and first among goalies with 45 plus games started, with a .931 save percentage, marking him first among goalies with 40 plus games started and 8 shutouts, marking him first among all goalies. Not to mention his ranked 9th among all goalies for shots against(1675).
Alright so, obviously Rinne is the number contender for the Vezina and with 10 games to play, the veteran goaltender should be a shoe-in for the trophy. Also, with how poorly Vasailevskiy has played and Rinne increasing his play, it has been quite clear who will be in the lead for the trophy. Vasailevskiy during his last ten games he has picked up 6 wins, allowing 36 goals during that 10-game span and in these 10 games, he has allowed 3 plus goals in 8 of them. It goes without question the struggle of Vasilevskiy has helped Rinne’s case for the Vezina.
Here are the top 5 goalies in the league (Filtered out by goals against, and 40 plus starts)
- Marc Andre Fleury: 40 GS, 26-11-3, 2.20 GAA, .929 SV %, 3 SO
- Pekka Rinne, 53 GS, 40-9-4, 2.21 GAA, .931 SV %, 8 SO
- Connor Hellebyuck, 57 GS, 37-11-9, 2.34 GAA, .925 SV %, 6 SO
- Tuukka Rask, 46 GS, 30-11-5, 2.35 GAA, .916 SV %, 3 SO
- Sergei Bobrovsky, 58GS, 32-21-5, 2.41 GA, .921 SV %, 4 SO
My top two choices are Hellebyuck and Rinne. For Hellebyuck it is because he came in as a backup! And single handily took the job from Mason, never gave him a chance to get it back and has really helped this Jets team solidify themselves as a top team in the league. Coming into the year Hellebyuck started in 53 games the most he has ever handled, being a third-year goalie in the league and taking on this kind of workload is remarkable. Well, for Rinne, I’m sure we understand why from the above writing.