This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
There are less than 30 games to go for each team in the season and the playoff race is still wide open. Coach's decisions become more critical, and a big part of their gameplan is picking which goalie to start. Here's the rundown on who's hot and who's not.
Jordan Binnington, Blues
Jake Allen hasn't played since Jan. 17, and in a truly bizarre sequence of events, all 17 Western Conference teams are still in the playoff race. For the Blues, they have Binnington to thank; the forgotten 25-year-old prospect has won five consecutive games, four on the road, and it includes a 32-save shutout against the Lightning and a tight one-goal win against the Predators. Like the Blackhawks, just a month ago it seemed as if the entire season was lost. Now, that's not so clear… however, don't forget how the Blues jettisoned Paul Stastny last year, harpooning their own chances at a playoff spot. Nevertheless, to stay in the playoff race they'll have to go with whoever's playing best, and clearly that's Binnington. It's about a playoff push as it is about an audition for next year's job.
Ben Bishop, Stars
He's been the Stars' MVP this season, and there's not much debate. Anton Khudobin deserves some credit as a top-notch backup, but in a season mired by poor on-ice performances and distracting off-ice drama, Bishop has been the brightest star, putting together one of the best seasons of his career. He's won four consecutive