Ranking the NHL’s goalie tandems is tricky. It’s about the overall strength of the tandem, sizing up that team’s opportunity to win every night, no matter who is in the crease those 20 or 30 other nights per season while the starter rests.

For this exercise, we decided to judge based on the tandem at full health. For instance, we assume Carey Price will not play for the Montreal Canadiens this season.

We’ve taken into account athlete history, expected playing time, strength of the team in front of them, travel considerations and more. Of course, it’s all debatable and that’s the fun of it.

This will be a living, breathing list. Your favorite team’s tandem may rise or fall as the season progresses.

 

32. Arizona Coyotes: Karel Vejmelka & …

Did the Coyotes forget to sign a veteran NHL free agent goaltender this offseason? It sure feels like it. Vejmelka had an up-and-down first year in North America, but he did manage to play 52 games while learning to play on a smaller ice surface than Europe. Vejmelka is still a bit of a mystery but last year showed he can hang in the NHL. It appears that Ivan Prosvetov and Jon Gillies will battle it out for the No. 2 job in the desert.

 

31. Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Hart & …

Hart is one of the best young goaltenders in hockey, but as it stands, he’s all the Flyers have. Either it’ll be 33-year old journeyman Troy Grosenick or Sweden’s Felix Sandstrom in the No. 2 position. And while Grosenick was lights out in the AHL last season with the Providence Bruins, posting a .933 save percentage in 30 games, his NHL experience is limited. Sandstrom played well during five games with the Flyers last season. But in 57 career AHL games, his .904 save percentage leaves something to be desired. Hart better be ready to play 60-plus games.

 

30. Chicago Blackhawks: Petr Mrazek & Alex Stalock

Mrazek fell out of favor in Toronto after just one season and now finds himself banished to Chicago, who just began a complete rebuild. He was hurt for long stretches of the year and erratic in net. So it’s probably a good thing for him that Chicago needs him to play often. Mrazek will have the chance to play his way out of last year’s funk. That is, if he can stay healthy. A constant theme of his career. Stalock hasn’t been a full-time NHL goalie since 2020 and posted an .872 save percentage in 12 games last year for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. It was baffling when he received a one-way NHL contract this past offseason.

 

29. Buffalo Sabres: Eric Comrie & Craig Anderson

Here’s another tandem I think has a good chance of rising in the rankings this season. After several goofy years of riding the goalie carousel with multiple teams, Comrie finally got the chance to be a full-time NHL goalie with the Jets in 2021-22. He responded by posting a .920 save percentage in 19 games with a 10-5-1 record. It could be argued that Winnipeg should have played him more often last season. Comrie will get the chance to earn the net in Buffalo. A veteran of 683 NHL regular season matchups, Anderson owns a sterling .929 save percentage in 48 career NHL Stanley Cup playoff games. He will turn 42 years old next May as he continues to delay his second career in auto racing.

 

28. Seattle Kraken: Philipp Grubauer & Martin Jones

The 2021-22 season couldn’t have gone worse for Grubauer. He came to the expansion Kraken armed with a high-dollar, long-term contract yet finished near the bottom in every statistical category for NHL goaltenders. Grubauer loves to play aggressively out of his crease, but on a poor defensive team like Seattle, he was quickly exposed on lateral plays and rebounds. A few simple adjustments to his game would go a long way. Jones was adequate in 35 games last season for the Philadelphia Flyers, posting a .900 save percentage despite a very high volume of shots faced per game.