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GOALIES1 CAREY >MONTREAL PRICE CANA­DI­ENS Thein due the mostto worldthe initim­i­dat­ingHabs’will have‘D’ prob­lem­sto and be adu­lat­edex­tra this spe­cia­lyear. goalie 2 SERGEI >COLUM­BUS BOBROVSKYBLUE JACK­ETS The se­cret Vez­i­nato suc­cess Tro­phy when win­nerit come­shas foundto con­di­tion­ing,the and that’s bad for shooters. 3 BRADEN HOLTBY >WASHINGTON CAP­I­TALS The ‘Holt­beast’ is a big rea­son why the Caps have been dom­i­nant in the reg­u­lar sea­son, but they se­ri­ously need to do more. 4 MATT MUR­RAY >PITTS­BURGH PEN­GUINS At this point, Mur­ray must as­sume that ev­ery NHL sea­son ends with him get­ting to hoist the Stan­ley Cup. 5 DE­VAN DUBNYK >MIN­NESOTA WILD Nearly un­beat­able for more than a month early on, the 6-foot-6 tower came down to earth a bit – but he was still great last year. 6 CAM TAL­BOT >ED­MON­TON OIL­ERS For a team that re­lies on of­fen­sive ex­cel­lence, the Oil­ers sure don’t skimp in the goal­tend­ing depart­ment any­more. 7 JOHN GIB­SON >ANAHEIM DUCKS He’s still young, but Gib­son has a ton of ex­pe­ri­ence. If the Ducks want another Cup, he’ll have to tighten up in the play­offs. 8 AN­DREI VASILEVSKIY >TAMPA BAY LIGHT­NING This will be Vasileveskiy’s first full sea­son with­out Ben Bishop in town, and that could go one of two very dif­fer­ent ways. 9 CRAIG AN­DER­SON >OTTAWA SE­NA­TORS An­der­son had a pow­er­ful, emo­tional 2016g17owneit­gho­to­hde Sy­eeanrs-,bthadouyge­harhi­in­sthoir­s­ic­caal­r­ly­eehre. has 10 JONATHAN QUICK >LOS AN­GE­LES KINGS Rav­aged by in­jury once again last year, Quick may still be one of the best – but we’ll have to wait and see. 11 BEN BISHOP >DAL­LAS STARS aIt­th­wlaes­ti­can­neotffmyinedar­erfoisr gBeisth­tionpg, abun­tetwh­est­bairgt, wi1th2high ex>pSeTc.taLtiOoUn­sISinBDLaUl­laEsS. JAKE ALLEN mWied­ndtlethor­fouthgehsaeacr­sios­nis bouf tc­foonufind­den­hcisegi­namthee and now he’s back on track. 13 MARTIN JONES >SAN JOSE SHARKS The Sharks have en­trusted him with their present and fu­ture, and Jones has been steady for them as a re­ward. 14 HEN­RIK LUNDQVIST >NEW YORK RANGERS He looked done for most of the sea­son, but perked up a bit in the play­offs and es­pe­cially in win­ning world gold for Swe­den. 15 FRED­ERIK AN­DER­SEN >TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Af­ter a pre-sea­son in­jury led to a slow start, An­der­sen came on strong for the Leafs, who needed a solid last line of de­fense. 16 COREY CRAW­FORD >CHICAGO BLACK­HAWKS He’s a money goalie with a cou­ple ti­tles un­der his belt, but can Craw­ford be the dif­fer­ence on a team with holes? 17 CORY SCH­NEI­DER >NEW JER­SEY DEV­ILS The longer the Dev­ils are bad, the harder it will be to guage whether Sch­nei­der is de­clin­ing or just over­whelmed. 18 MARC-AN­DRE FLEURY >VE­GAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS His job will be huge in Ve­gas, but Fleury has the tal­ent and the de­meanor to hold the Golden Knights in on most nights. 19 TUUKKA RASK >BOS­TON BRU­INS The save per­cent­age has gone down in re­cent years, but the Bru­ins have also got­ten weaker in front of him. 20 MIKE SMITH >CAL­GARY FLAMES Big and ath­letic, Smith needs a re­set from his last days in Ari­zona. For­tu­nately, Cal­gary has a knock­out de­fense in front of him. 21 SCOTT DAR­LING >CAROLINA HUR­RI­CANES Dar­ling was a key ac­qui­si­tion for the Canes, who have been held back by goal­tend­ing. He’s big, but is he a full-time starter? 22 PEKKA RINNE >NASHVILLE PREDA­TORS There was play­off magic in the vet­eran, but ablem­foorset tahlwe aJuy­susaet Shaor­mose.eHraowbe­mgiuncsh? longer 23 JAMES REIMER >FLORIDA PAN­THERS Work­ing with fel­low vet­eran Roberto Luongo, Reimer is a solid and sta­ble net­min­der who comes to work with a smile. 24 THOMAS GREISS >NEW YORK IS­LAN­DERS PBr­roovoekd­lyt­no­lab­set ty­heeabr,eb­sut­towf thharteaeroeph­ti­isol­nos­nign­term prospects as a starter? 25 ROBIN LEHNER >BUF­FALO SABRES Oac­n­tu­aabllay­d­pBreutfftyal­go­otoeda.mT,hLise­wh­nilel rb’sesa­tabtis­g­were “prove it” year for his starter cre­den­tials.

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