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.
Five active NHL players are among the top ten goalies in career save percentage with a minimum of 250 games played; Tuukka Rask, at .9212, is just fractionally behind former-great Dominik Hasek’s .9223. He is joined by Ben Bishop (.9206), Sergei Bobrovsky (.9190), Cory Schneider (.9189) and Roberto Luongo (.9187).
UPDATED August 5, 2019
Schneider, who spent his first five seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before being traded to the New Jersey Devils, is one of the few 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.