Khabibulin spent his first two NHL season in Winnipeg, going 34-29-7 while splitting time with Tim Cheveldae. He started all six 1996 first-round playoffs games in a loss to the Red Wings and moved with the team to Phoenix. Pavelec was a second-round pick by the Thrashers in 2005, his playing time gradually increasing each of the last five seasons. He entered this year as the No. 1 in net after going 21-23-9 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, both career bests, in 2010-11.