Trophy Tracker: Vezina Trophy
February, 15, 2012
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com
Just inscribe Henrik Lundqvist's name on the Vezina Trophy now. He’s a lock. A look at the candidates for top goaltender in the NHL at this point of the season:
1. King Henrik, New York RangersLeads the league with a ridiculous .941 save percentage and quite frankly merits serious Hart Trophy consideration as NHL MVP. He’s looking at his first-ever Vezina Trophy victory. And if that’s the case, that will make it five different winners in five years for the award.
5. (tie) Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings and Howard’s recent finger injury should do nothing to change the fact that he’s worthy of Vezina consideration, as he still leads the league with 32 wins. Kiprusoff has really come on in the second half, and he’s the single biggest reason the Flames are in playoff contention. The 2006 Vezina Trophy winner has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his past 10 starts.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
Honorable mention: Mike Smith, Phoenix; Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott, St. Louis; Evgeni Nabokov, N.Y. Islanders; Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver.