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Price, Dubnyk, Rinne Named Vezina Finalists

Price, Dubnyk, Rinne Named Vezina Finalists

Usually when the finalists for the Vezina award become public, it ushers in a round of debate over who should be the eventual winner. This year, there is no real suspense. Carey Price, who already has a share in the Jennings Trophy, is all but certain to claim the award after having one of the best seasons in the past several years. Devan Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne round out the top three vote getters, as announced by the NHL Friday evening.

How do the three compare by the numbers?

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 66 GP

Carey Price is a favourite for the Vezina Trophy and a strong candidate to win the Hart Trophy as well. (InGoal Photo by Scott Slingsby)

Save % GAA GSAA Even Strength Save % Adjusted Save % High-Danger Save %
.933 1.96 36.70 .943 .946 .865

 

Devan Dubnyk, Arizona Coyotes/Minnesota Wild, 58 GP

Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

Save % GAA GSAA Even Strength Save % Adjusted Save % High-Danger Save %
.929  2.07 23.70 .936 .939 .865

 

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 64 GP

Pekka Rinne (InGoal file photo)

Pekka Rinne (InGoal file photo)

Save % GAA GSAA Even Strength Save % Adjusted Save % High-Danger Save %
.923  2.18 14.23 .936 .935 .852

The Vezina Trophy is determined by the NHL General Managers and there are no specified criteria for the award. InGoal contributor Paul Campbell studied the way the awards have historically been determined, and has shown that Goals Saved Above Average is probably the best predictor of the award.

This raises the question of why Cory Schneider didn’t make the cut, as he is third in GSAA this season behind Price and Dubnyk.

About The Author

Clare Austin

Clare Austin is a reluctant "stats nerd" living in Nashville, where she has never worn a cowboy hat or boots.