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Boston Goalies: Starter and Back-up or Two Starters?


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Michael Christian
December 21, 2023  (11:35 PM)
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It is a fact in the NHL, to win games you must have good-great goaltending. If you Draft correctly, make a good trade, or sign the right free agent, you can, if you're lucky, end up with one solid goaltender to lead your team. Knowing all of this, it's safe to say that the Boston Bruins hit the jackpot with their goalie situation right now. The Bruins currently have two quality goaltenders that could each be an every game starter if on other teams.

Linus Ullmark was the expected starter going into this season, and he has done nothing to give up that status. The 30 year old from Sweden has played brilliantly for the Bruins, with a 10-4-2 record, 2.86 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. This alone would warrant All-Star voting. The numbers might not pop off the page, but Ullmark makes several timely saves in high pressure situations for the Bruins. He is also the type of goalie that makes difficult saves look routine.
Jeremy Swayman is the reason that you can even make the debate the Bruins have two quality starting goalies. As good as Ullmark has been, Swayman has been right there, and his numbers have looked even better. The 25-year-old from Alaska (Que the Mystery Alaska Movie Nostalgia!) has a 9-1-4 record, a 2.06 Goals Against Average (3rd in the League), and a .934 save percentage which is tied for best in the league with Vegas Goalie Adin Hill.
The question for the Bruins, is do they continue to ride both goalies? Or Stick with one over the other? Its hard to ride the hot hand, when both goalies are playing so well. Just another good problem for the Bruins to have, as you can never have too much great goaltending!
Source: QuantHockey
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Boston Goalies: Starter and Back-up or Two Starters?

Who should be the Bruins Starter?

Ullmark4215.7 %
Swayman8531.8 %
Both12847.9 %
Neither124.5 %
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