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NHL Starting Goalies: Latest News on All 32 Teams

Here are the starting goaltenders for NHL hockey games during the 2021-22 regular season

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One full month of the 2021-22 NHL season is officially complete and teams are finally moving away from the feeling out process of the beginning of the season to finding out where they belong. 

There haven’t been a ton of injuries so far (knock on wood) to goaltenders, but we are seeing separation in certain battles in the crease for some teams. However, there are others that are getting more complicated, for both good and bad reasons. 

Here is all the information on the starting goaltenders for all 32 NHL teams. 

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins -- Jeremy Swayman

Swayman and Linus Ullmark had split time for most of the season, but it was a big tell when Swayman got both games on the most recent back-to-back. The rookie could be pulling away as the clear No. 1, with a 5-2-0 record, 2.16 GAA and .914 SV%. 

Buffalo Sabres -- Dustin Tokarski

With a recent injury to Craig Anderson, Tokarski was bumped into the No. 1 role after splitting time with Anderson. The two continue to play a bit better than expected, but Tokarski was roughed up for five goals last game. He has a 3-4-2 record with a 3.07 GAA and .909 SV%. 

Detroit Red Wings -- Alex Nedeljkovic

Nedeljkovic is slowly starting to take a slight edge on Thomas Greiss for the top job in the crease. He’s 3-1-0 in his last four starts while Greiss is 1-5-0 in his last six. Nedlejkovic’s GAA is down 2.91 and his SV% has moved to .912. 

Florida Panthers -- Sergei Bobrovsky

It’s fair to say Vezina Bob is back. Bobrovsky has been playing up to his $10 million price tag this season, as he has yet to lose a game in regulation. He has a 7-0-2 record with a 1.78 GAA and .942 SV%. The Panthers are in great position with rookie Spencer Knight as insurance. 

Montreal Canadiens -- Sam Montembeault

The Canadiens are still without Carey Price and now are without Jake Allen, who is dealing with a concussion. As a result, it’s Montembeault and Cayden Primeau manning the crease for now. Montembeault has made five starts and is yet to win a game, with a 0-3-1 record, 3.72 GAA and .892 SV%. 

Ottawa Senators -- Matt Murray

Murray will come back as the starter once the Senators begin playing again after a COVID outbreak caused three of their games to be postponed. He’s still looking for his first win on a struggling Senators team, sporting an 0-4-0 record with a 3.10 GAA and .897 SV%. 

Tampa Bay Lightning -- Andrei Vasilevskiy

The slow start is behind Vasilevskiy and the Lightning. The Russian netminder is up to a 8-2-3 record with a 2.20 GAA and .922 SV%. Tampa continues to rely heavily on Vasilevskiy, as he has started 13 of the team’s 15 games so far. 

Toronto Maple Leafs -- Jack Campbell

Toronto continues to have problems with their backup goaltending situation, but the No. 1 spot is locked down. Campbell continues to prove last season was no fluke, sporting a 10-3-1 record, 944 SV%. and a league-leading 1.68 GAA as he has won four in a row. 

Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes -- Frederik Andersen

Andersen continues to show he was one of the best free agent signings this offseason. His win streak finally snapped and his record has dropped ever so slightly to 10-2-0. Andersen’s 1.71 GAA is tied for second-best in the league. 

Columbus Blue Jackets -- Elvis Merzlikins

Columbus’ strong start to this season keeps on going thanks to the play of Merzlikins. The Latvian goaltender has a 7-2-0 record, 2.49 GAA and .919 SV%, 

New Jersey Devils -- Mackenzie Blackwood

Blackwood is up to five starts on the season after missing the first couple of weeks with an injury. He suffered his first regulation loss last time out to drop his record to 2-1-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .923 SV%. 

New York Islanders -- Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov finally made his return, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to change the plans in the crease. Sorokin is keeping an Islanders team afloat that has yet to play a home game this season. His record isn’t great -- 5-4-2 -- but his 2.50 GAA and .925 SV% are very solid. 

New York Rangers -- Igor Shesterkin

Shesterkin is not the future, he is the now. The young Russian is helping the Rangers out to a fantastic start. He is 8-3-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .930 SV%. 

Philadelphia Flyers -- Carter Hart

A slumping sophomore season is clearly behind Hart. His GAA is down to a 2.19 this season, while his SV% is up to a .932. If not for a weak Flyers offense, Hart would have a record better than 5-3-3. 

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Tristan Jarry

Jarry had been slipping a bit as of late, but he just pitched his first shutout of the season and has a winning record at 6-4-3. The 2.52 GAA and .922 SV% don’t jump out, but they are still respectable numbers for Jarry. 

Washington Capitals -- Vitek Vanecek

While Vanecek still is playing starter minutes, he better watch out, as Ilya Samsonov is slowly creeping up behind him. While Vanacek has a better GAA (2.39 compared to 2.45), Samsonov has a better record and SV% than Vanacek. Don’t be surprised if the playing time gets split up more than it was at the start of the season.

Central Division

Arizona Coyotes -- Scott Wedgewood

We have not one, but two wins for an Arizona goaltender! Wedgewood was claimed off waivers from the Coyotes, and hasn’t been too bad. In four games with Arizona, Wedgewood is 2-1-0 with a 1.82 GAA and .941 SV%. He has provided some much-needed relief for Karel Vejmelka, who is still looking for his first win of the season. 

Chicago Blackhawks -- Marc-Andre Fleury

The Blackhawks are starting to turn things around, and so is Fleury. He has won three straight starts, bumping his record up to 4-7-0. His GAA has dropped down from plus-4.00 to 3.36 and his SV% is now just above .900. 

Colorado Avalanche -- Darcy Kuemper

The Avalanche still have some things to figure out, but Kuemper’s numbers are getting stronger. He is on a three-game winning streak and his record is up to 7-4-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .916 SV%. 

Dallas Stars -- Anton Khudobin

With Braden Holtby’s recent injury, the Stars have turned to Khudobin to take the reins for now. The veteran netminder has a 3-3-1 record, 3.73 GAA and .873 SV%. Jake Oettinger was called up to be the backup and won his season debut. 

Minnesota Wild -- Cam Talbot

Talbot continues to put up average numbers, but the Wild keep on winning. His 9-4-0 record is paired with a 2.85 GAA and .906 SV%. The Wild would be a lot more dangerous if they got even better play out of their goaltender. 

Nashville Predators -- Juuse Saros

After a slow start to the season thanks to his team’s lack of offense, Saros and the Predators have come alive. The Finnish goaltender was riding a seven-game streak where he did not lose in regulation, allowing just 12 goals in that span, before that streak was snapped in a recent regulation loss. He sports a 2.17 GAA, .928 SV% and 7-5-1 record. 

St. Louis Blues -- Jordan Binnington

It’s been a bit of a tough go recently for Binnignton. He’s 1-3-1 in his last five games and has allowed three or more goals in all four of the losses. As a result, his numbers have inflated to a 2.83 GAA, .912 SV% and 6-4-2 record. 

Winnipeg Jets -- Connor Hellebuyck

Three straight wins for Hellebuyck as of late, allowing just five goals during that time. The Jets are rounding into a potential Cup contender with Hellebuyck at the helm. He has a 6-2-4 record with a 2.62 GAA and .918 SV%. 

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks -- John Gibson

Gibson has always been an elite goaltender and now he finally has the team in front of him to showcase it. He’s up to a 9-2-2 record with a 2.33 GAA and .925 SV%. He had won his last seven starts, before a recent loss, but he’s allowed two goals or fewer in all but one of his last eight games.

Calgary Flames -- Jacob Markstrom

Markstrom snapped a short three-game losing skid with a recent win to move his record to 6-3-4 with a 1.68 GAA and .942 SV%. His GAA puts him in a tie for first and his five shutouts lead the league. 

Edmonton Oilers -- Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith is still sidelined, so Koskinen remains the starter. He hasn’t been anything special, but you don’t have to be when you have the No. 1 scoring offense on your side. The veteran goaltender has a 9-2-0 record despite a 2.96 GAA and .910 SV%.

Los Angeles Kings -- Jonathan Quick

Not so fast, Cal Petersen! Quick isn’t ready to give up the crease in L.A. just yet. In each of his last five starts, Quick hasn’t allowed more than two goals, improving his GAA to 1.88 and SV% to .940. Quick has a 4-4-1 record and it honestly doesn't matter which goalie is in the net, as both have a sub-2.00 GAA this season. 

San Jose Sharks -- James Reimer

If you looked at the statistics, you'd be surprised that Reimer has as many starts as Adin Hill. While Hill has a plus-3.00 GAA and sub-.900 SV%, Reimer is sporting a 1.98 GAA and .938 SV%. His GAA is among the top-five in the NHL. 

Seattle Kraken -- Philipp Grubauer

Things are trending in the wrong direction in Seattle, and Grubauer has been part of the problem. His numbers have dropped to a 3.18 GAA and .877 SV% with a 4-8-1 record. He’s been far from the Vezina finalist we saw last season and it’s getting to the point where you can’t put the blame on the team in front of him. 

Vancouver Canucks -- Thatcher Demko

Another goalie whose numbers are getting worse, not better. Demko has lost his last three games, allowing a combined 16 goals in those contests. His GAA has ballooned to 3.31 and his SV% is down to under .900. 

Vegas Golden Knights -- Robin Lehner

Lehner was on a four-game winning streak before a loss this week, but things are slowly turning around in Vegas. He’s up to a 8-6-0 record with a 2.93 GAA and .917 SV%. He still needs to be better, but Lehner’s trending in the right direction.

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