1. Two-headed monster in goal
Goaltending is an underrated aspect of building a team in the NHL. Sure, goalies are weird and they’re voodoo. But at the end of the day, goaltending is the ultimate equalizer, especially in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Almost every game comes down to the last minute. Goaltending can make, or break, your season.
As great as the Vegas Golden Knights have been in front of their goalies, their tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner might be the best in the NHL. During all situations, the duo has a .922% save percentage, which would have been the highest team save percentage in the NHL, just ahead of the New York Islanders.
Fleury has done most of the heavy lifting, which is surprising considering he had a weak season last year. He has a .927% save percentage, which ranks fourth among goalies with at least 20 starts. While Robin Lehner’s .913% save percentage in 18 games this season isn’t sparkling, he was excellent in last year’s postseason, which shows he can be the guy if he needs to be.
It’s obvious Fleury will be the guy when the Stanley Cup Playoffs start. He has three Stanley Cups on his resume and the future Hall of Fame goaltender has what it takes to backstop the Knights to a long playoff run. And even if things go sideways, Lehner’s a perfectly capable goaltender himself.