I’ve covered the NHL since 2003 and have worked for a variety of hockey media sources including: Stan Fischler, Spector’s Hockey, TheHockeyNews.com, HockeyBuzz.com, McKeen’s Hockey, Blueshirt Bulletin, XM Home Ice Channel Hockey Blog, HockeyPrimeTime.com, FantasyHockey.com, NY SportsDay, and HokejaVestnesis.com. Currently, you can find my work at Kukla's Korner under the Goal Line Report Blog. As you can tell, I’ve been around the block quite a few times so I do have some idea of what I am talking about (Don’t quote me on that).
With that being said, let’s get started with my first top five:
The top five worst goalies in the league this season
1) Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche
I knew that the Avalanche were in trouble when they announced that their goaltenders for the season were Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft. While Raycroft has yet to start a game (that could change in a hurry), Budaj has been terrible in his first three starts. Through his club’s first three games of the season, Budaj is 0-3 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .824 save percentage. He’s allowing a lot of goals, giving up lots of rebounds and more importantly, just not getting the job done. At this rate, the only way the Avalanche will solve their goaltending problems is by asking Patrick Roy to come out of retirement.
2) Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
When Mike Keenan pulled Kiprussof in Game 7 of last year’s first round against the San Jose Sharks, I knew that Kiprussof was in trouble. At the time, he was already having some confidence problems so that only added to it. Six months later, it looks like the Flames’ goaltender is Swiss cheese as he is 1-1-1 with a 4.89 goals against average and a .826 save percentage. If Kipper doesn’t shape up soon, he may find himself riding the pine.
3) Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks
Giguere certainly isn’t getting “Jiggy” with it in Anaheim as he is 0-3 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .851 save percentage. These numbers are certainly below the norm for Giguere as he boasts a career-goals-against average of 2.44 and a .915 save percentage.
4) Joey MacDonald, New York Islanders
With Rick DiPietro still not in the lineup, the New York Islanders could be in trouble if they have to rely on Joey MacDonald to be their No.1 guy. MacDonald is 1-2 with a 3.67 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage. He was especially shaky in his team’s 7-1 loss to the Sabres’ on Monday afternoon. Fittingly, that game was “kid’s day” at the team’s arena (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) and MacDonald certainly looks like one in goal thus far.
5) Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers
For someone who is supposed to lead his team far into the playoffs and who is coming off a pretty solid season, starting out 0-2 with a 6.32 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage isn’t going to cut it. In his club’s season opening 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers, Biron allowed all four goals in the first period and looked especially slow on Fredrik Sjostrom’s wraparound goal. Hopefully, it’s just early season jitters and not something that will continue throughout the season.
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