Though the backup might not be the guy that gives his team a best chance to win night in and night out, being ready when called upon can make a huge difference in a team’s overall record. This season, several backups have been thrust into the spotlight and have answered by playing some of their best hockey.
The best goaltender in the NHL so far this season is one that started the year as a No. 2. Minnesota’s Josh Harding has been a faithful backup to Niklas Backstrom for the last six season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the Avalanche, Ottawa’s Robin Lehner, Montreal’s Peter Budaj, Frederik Andersen for the Ducks, Cam Talbot for the Rangers, San Jose’s Alex Stalock and Curtis McElhinney of the Blue Jackets have all stepped in admirably when called upon, some more often than others.
Source: Chris Peters, CBS Sports