No single stat captures a goalie’s in-net skills quite like save percentage. While wins are equally dependent on a team’s offense and defense, save percentage lays bare the goalie’s specific contribution — namely, how well they are able to stop shots on goal from finding the back of the net.
Two active NHL players are among the top five goalies in all-time save percentage; Tuukka Rask, at .9221 is just fractionally behind former-great Dominik Hasek’s .9223, and Cory Schneider isn’t far behind at .9201.
UPDATED June 17, 2018
Schneider, who spent his first five seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before being traded to the New Jersey Devils, is one of the rare American-born players in NHL record books otherwise dominated by Canadians.
Rask has spent his entire NHL career in Boston, winning the Vezina Trophy for his goaltending during the 2013-14 season when he posted seven shutouts and a .930 save percentage.
Born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, Hasek’s NHL career spanned 16 seasons, ending in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings. In addition to his six Vezina Trophy wins, in 2008 he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for a second consecutive year, becoming the first goaltender to win the award multiple times.