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Philipp Grubauer Vezina Trophy Finalist

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Great honor for Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer this morning. He was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s best goalie for the season. The NHL’s general managers make the selection.

Here is from the NHL release:

“The award is given annually to the goalie voted the best at his position by NHL general managers and the winner will be announced as part of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone during the Stanley Cup Semifinals or Stanley Cup Final.

Fleury was 26-10-0 for the Vegas Golden Knights, finished third in the NHL in wins and shutouts (six), and was third in goals-against average (1.98) and save percentage (.928) among goalies to play at least 20 games. He started the season 5-0-0 and ended with wins in each of his final nine starts. Fleury helped Vegas (40-14-2) finish second in the Honda West Division and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Fleury allowed two goals or fewer in 25 of 36 starts and with Robin Lehner helped Vegas win the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals during the regular season (124). A first-time Vezina finalist, Fleury ranks third in NHL history with 492 wins behind Patrick Roy (551) and Martin Brodeur (691). He would be the first Golden Knights goalie to win the award.

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Grubauer was 30-9-1 in 40 games (39 starts) for the Colorado Avalanche to finish second in wins (30), one behind Vasilevskiy, and tied Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders for the NHL lead with seven shutouts. He was second in GAA (1.95) and eighth in save percentage (.922).

Grubauer allowed two goals or fewer in 28 of his appearances, did not lose back-to-back games in regulation and helped Colorado (39-13-4) finish first in the West and win the Presidents’ Trophy for having the best record in the NHL. A first-time finalist, he would be the first Avalanche goalie to win the award. A good place to look over some odds is at goldenslot.

Vasilevskiy was 31-10-1 for the Tampa Bay Lightning and led the NHL in wins for the fourth straight season. He ranked eighth in GAA (2.21), sixth in save percentage (.925) and fourth in shutouts (five). He allowed two goals or fewer in 24 of 42 games and set a Lightning record with a shutout streak of 228:09, including three straight shutouts from Feb. 24-March 2.

Vasilevskiy is a finalist for the fourth straight season and won the award in 2018-19. He helped Tampa Bay (36-17-3) finish third in the Discover Central Division and qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup last season with Vasilevskiy playing every minute in the playoffs.”

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Jim Strohmeier

With 36yr old Fleury having a great, possibly the last, best season, and his position in NHL history, third behind Roy and Brodeur, I predict MAF gets the Vezina, though I favor Grubauer. Patrick Roy, with the most playoff wins, four Stanley Cup wins and three Conn Smythe trophies, is the GOAT. Grubi is filling some big skates this season ..

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colorado_gary

Kudos to Grubi. I hope he gets it! Grubi deserves it on stats alone and taking his team to the Presidents Trophy. I believe there’s a media and organizational bias favoring the Mississippi and points east, and of course the west coast and not to be discounted is Vegas seems to be a league darling. That, and the fact MAF played in Pittsburg, unfortunately, I figure, gives him the nod.

Matt Briggle

Congrats to Grub and the other finalists. This is an award this year that could go to any of the three and I don’t think anyone would be upset. If I were putting money on it, I would bet that Fleury will win just for sentimental reasons.

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