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Giguere Tops West Goalies

Friday, 09.5.2008 / 9:30 AM PT / Features
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Giguere Tops West Goalies

Jean-Sebastien Giguere is one of the most consistent goalies in the NHL. 
They are the last line of defense, and in some cases, the biggest stars on the team. Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon thinks having great goaltending is so important that he plans to employ two No. 1s this season.

Each conference has their share of supremely talented goalies, but some consistently separate themselves from the rest. What follows is NHL.com's list of the top five goalies from the Western Conference entering this season.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks -- When you talk about consistent goalies, Giguere belongs near the top of the list. He has won at least 30 games in each of the past three seasons while never playing in more than 60. His GAA and save percentage have also gone down every season since the lockout.

Giguere, like the rest of the Ducks, had a disappointing 2008 playoffs, but history suggests this will be his bounce back year. In his four playoff appearances, Giguere has twice made the Stanley Cup Final and twice been ousted in the first round.

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks -- Despite appearing in the playoffs only once in his career, Luongo is widely respected throughout the league as one of the premier netminders. He has the talent and the numbers to prove it.

Luongo has played in 70 or more games in each of the past four seasons. He posted a career-best 47 wins in 2006-07 when the Canucks made the playoffs. Last season he won 35 games and had a 2.38 GAA, but Vancouver fell short.

Much like Brodeur in New Jersey and Miller in Buffalo, Luongo is the star in Vancouver and he'll have to play like it for the Canucks to get back to the postseason.

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks -- Prior to last season, Nabokov hadn't played 60 games in a season since 2001-02, when he played in 67. Last season, he played in a career-high 77 and put up remarkable numbers, including a 46-21-8 record with a 2.14 GAA, a .910 save percentage and six shutouts.

While 77 games played may seem a bit high, Nabokov proved he could handle the load. He likely will play closer to 65-70 this season with Brian Boucher, a veteran backup, signed to start the season with the Sharks.

Nevertheless, Nabokov could be in line for another All-Star season.

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings -- Osgood has had a roller coaster career, but the ride got really sweet last season when he supplanted Dominik Hasek as the No. 1 in Detroit and led the Wings to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in the last 11 years.

He may not have the cachet of some of these other guys, but Osgood is a consistent winner and that puts him on a very short list. If he stays healthy, he could possibly win his 400th career game this season. He has 363 right now.

Osgood has won 30 games only once in the last five seasons, but this is the first time since 2003-04 that he is entering the season as the No. 1. He is also on the league's best team -- at least that's what the Wings are on paper as we enter the season.

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars -- Turco silenced some critics last season with a strong postseason. He led the Stars to the Western Conference Final, where they gave Detroit a run, and finished the playoffs with a 2.08 GAA and .922 save percentage.

He should be buoyed by the confidence gained from the playoffs, and that should again make Dallas a very dangerous team in the Pacific Division. Turco will also likely carry a heftier load this year without a proven backup.

He hasn't played in 70 games since 2003-04, but if he's healthy that's about the number the Stars are looking for from him considering Stephane Tobias, who has played in one NHL game, is currently the No. 2 in Dallas.

Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92


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