McLennan: Anderson, Rinne lead first Post2Post rankings

Jamie McLennan

2/14/2013 7:19:48 PM

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is the best goaltender in the Eastern Conference, according to TSN Hockey Analyst Jamie McLennan's first quarter edition of the Post2Post rankings.

Anderson, who is 7-3-2 in 12 games this season is a top five goaltender in the league in wins, goals-against-average, save percentage and shutouts.

"Anderson has dominated games and been the best goalie as far as consistency," McLennan said.

Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and the ageless Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils round out the top three in the East.

"Brodeur still has it at 40," McLennan stated. "I never should doubt the all-time best goalie."

With a 5-3-3 record and a 1.92 GAA, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators is the top netminder in the Western Conference.

The Canucks tandem of Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo hold down the second spot in the West, while Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks sits in third place.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens sits in fourth in the East, while injured Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer holds down the ninth spot. 

Ondrej Pavelec of the Jets resides in 13th, and McLennan sees the Jets goaltending woes as part of a two pronged problem.

"The Jets allow a lot of quality chances and Pavelec is still not at the top of his game," he said.

Out West, Devan Dubnyk of the Oilers sits ninth, two places ahead of the Flames and Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Post2Post Rankings come out quarterly  through the regular season, breaking down each team's goaltending situation by conference from 1-15.

For the complete rankings, go to our Post2Post rankings page.