Goalies are weird. They spend their nights alone, wearing elaborate masks while practicing voodoo rituals that include hurling themselves in front of speeding black rubber. With all that time to themselves, it’s no wonder that netminders often provide us with the best locker room soundbites. Here’s to looking at you, Mr. Universe.
Adding to their mystique is how hard it is to predict how goaltenders will perform game-to-game and season-to-season. This year we’ve seen highly rated goaltenders like Craig Anderson, Matt Murray and even Carey Price struggle at times, while Connor Hellebuyck and Mike Smith have turned in against-the-odds career years. It’s voodoo on ice, and we have the fun task of trying to figure it out.