Will Linus Ullmark be able to keep up the pace?

Can Linus Ullmark keep up the pace?


Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark could win the Vezina Trophy if he posts stats as sparkling as he is now, but his tough competitors are just waiting for one misstep from him . 

Heading into Wednesday's matchup, the former Buffalo Sabers dominated in all three major categories, with 19 wins, a 1.94 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. However, Ullmark risks falling victim to the excellence of his teammates in the race for the Goalkeeper of the Year award. Boston sits atop the overall National League standings and the performances of several players, including captain Patrice Bergeron, have helped their No. 1 cause in net.

On the other hand, the figures of the 29-year-old Swede are rather eloquent. He lost only two games, including one beyond the regulation 60 minutes of play. In addition, he has made 35 or more saves in five duels and has two shutouts to his credit.

Other masked men are not bad and have hopes of getting the Vézina. The recipient of the last campaign, Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), savored 17 triumphs and his rate is .915. Winner in 2019-2020, Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) does not have to be ashamed of his numbers: rate of .927, average of 2.38 and 16 wins in all.

Third in the Bettman circuit with 16 wins, Logan Thompson (Vegas Golden Knights) remains at .913 and is one of the reasons for the success of his team, first in the Pacific Division. Among the Carolina Hurricanes, authors of a nine-game winning streak, Pyotr Kochetkov took over in goal in the absence of Frederik Andersen. With a rate of .928 and an average of 1.94, he offers similar statistics to those of Ullmark.