Top Four Goalie Matchups in the Round of 16
By: Joe Borek (@jjborek26)
As we start the exhilarating round of 16 in the NHL playoffs today, I wanted to take a look at the best goalie matchups heading into the round. So without further ado, here they are. Enjoy all the great hockey this round all.
1. Corey Crawford Vs. Robin Lehner
— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) August 8, 2020
Peter DeBoer also confirmed Lehner would be in for game one tonight, according to Knights analyst Jesse Granger on twitter. That tweet can be seen at the end of the Paragraph. Lehner hit the ground running in three games with the Knights after being acquired from the Leafs technically and then carried that hot play into the round-robin (no pun intended). Lehner clearly earned his right to start here and will now look to carry to torch for the Golden Knights. If he does struggle, they do have a great fall back option in future Hofer Marc Andre Fleury. Now for the Blackhawks and Crawford this is simple. Just like Fleury, Crawford has tons of experience and has won Stanley Cups. Crawford is a two time Stanley Cup winner and has a career 2.34 GAA with a .918SV% .596QS% (quality start percentage). So for this one with Lehner, it is a battle of a younger breakout goalie with a very experienced netminder in Crawford. This will be a fun one to watch. Especially because both are in their contract years looking to impress. Highlights of the two can be seen below. Lehner in another uniform since he has only played a handful in Vegas thus far.
Robin Lehner is the Golden Knights' starting goalie for Game 1 against Chicago tonight, per Peter DeBoer. #VegasBorn
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) August 11, 2020
2. Carter Hart Vs. Carey Price
3. Darcy Kuemper and Philipp Grubauer/ Pavel Francouz
4. Jordan Binnington and Jacob Markstrom
So that rounds out my top four goalie matchups entering the round of 16 in the 2020 mega exciting NHL Playoffs. What are your top four? Enjoy all the excellent hockey today and throughout this thrilling playoff all.