So far, there have been many spectacular saves during the 2022-23 NHL season. Goalies like Linus Ullmark, Ilya Sorokin, Connor Hellebuyck, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and more have been on top of their game. As we approach the halfway mark of hockey season, let’s look at some of the best top NHL goalie saves in no particular order.
Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins
We’re going to start hot with Boston Bruins’ Linus Ullmark, who has been incredible this season. He may even be the best goaltender in the NHL this season. He leads the league in save percentage at .939, has two shutouts, and has 45 goals allowed in 25 games. All season long, he’s been excellent and has contributed to the Bruins’ success. He is most likely the reason why the Bruins are the best team as of now. Below is an unbelievable save of his against L.A. Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson.
Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders
New York Islanders Ilya Sorokin is also currently sitting at the top of the stats for goaltenders as well as Ullmark. According to Bleacher Report, with three shutouts, Sorokin is tied with three other players for the NHL lead in shutouts. He is second only to Linus Ullmark regarding goals saved above expectations in all circumstances (19.1). Here is one of his best goalie saves.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vasilevskiy has so many impressive saves that it’s hard to choose just one. He’s a phenomenal goaltender currently sitting at a save percentage of .919. The main reason the Tampa Bay Lightning are where they’re at in the standings is because of this goalie. Below is a clip of his terrific save against New York Rangers Filip Chytil.
Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators
Currently, the Nashville Predators are ranked sixth in the Central Division, mainly because the team has a tough time getting goals on the board, and because of that, their goaltender is underrated. Saros, a finalist for the Vezina trophy last season, has a save percentage of .935. In a tie for sixth place in the league with Tristan Jarry, he has a season save percentage of .918, according to stats. On Thursday, Jan. 5, he made a franchise record with 64 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes.
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are currently the second-worst team in the league, and because of that, many of John Gibson’s saves are uncredited. Just like Saros, he’s an underrated goalie. Some may say otherwise, but Gibson is single handily carrying this team on his back. He recorded his first shutout of the year on Wednesday against Dallas and has a save percentage of over .900. Here is Gibson making a stick save against New York Rangers Mika Zibanejad.
Marc-André Fleury, Minnesota Wild
Minnesota has been doing well this season, better than their last and Fleury is making sure of it. The 38-year-old goalie has a current save percentage just right above .900. If he stays healthy the Wild will go a long way this season and into the playoffs. Recently Fleury is taking a brief leave from the Wild because of a serious personal matter but will be back on Tuesday’s game against the Rangers. Here’s an excellent save from Flower Power-stopping Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Ville Husso, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are sitting towards of the bottom of the standings partially because of Ville Husso. The Finnish player has been decent so far this season but he’s going to have to be on top of his game to help his team if they want a chance at making it to the playoffs. He currently has a save percentage of .903. But Husso has had some great saves. Here’s one that may be one of the top goalie saves so far.
Jonathan Quick, L.A. Kings
The Kings have been on fire this season, and they are looking like a new and improved team and one to look out for during the race to the playoffs. They’re ranking in second place in the Pacific Division. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has been solid this season. His save percentage is at .884, which isn’t great, but we’re only halfway through the season. He may also be another goalie that is underlooked. Here’s a clip of him quickly stopping the puck.
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets also look like a hot new team this season, ranking second in the Central Division. The reason why is because of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. He has been spectacular this season, and it’s possible nobody was expecting that from this team. According to Bleacher Report, in 29 starts, he has the second-best NHL save percentage of .928 and the joint-most shutouts (three) with three other goalies. Below is one of his great and most likely the best saves this season.
Jacob Markström, Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are in fourth place in the Central Division. They’re in the middle of the standings because the team is mediocre. But goaltender Jacob Markström has been quite alright this season. He was also one of the finalists for last season’s Vezina Trophy. So far, his save percentage rests at .894. The Swedish goalie will have to pull out more stops if the Flames want to make it to the playoffs. But here’s a clip of one of his coolest saves this season.
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