There’s probably never been a backup goalie more synonymous with shutouts than Brian Boucher.
The Sharks stopper has two starts this year and has yet to feel the red light burn behind him. Boucher, who signed with San Jose this summer, established the modern-day NHL record of five straight shutouts while he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 season.
Coach Todd McLellan might consider promoting Boucher, since Evgeni Nabokov, the Vezina Trophy runner-up last season, has yet to round into form. Despite holding a 5-2 record, Nabokov sports a 3.11 goals-against average and .875 save percentage.
Franzen's injury means Ville Leino gets a chance to prove himself in the NHL
Kept the early-season magic going with comeback win over Pens
Devin Setoguchi starting to fulfill his promise
Feels like this is really becoming Ryan Miller's team
Need to cut down on the 31 shots they're giving up per game
Mikko Koivu becoming a true front-line center
Can Jordan Staal find his true niche on this team?
Zach Parise looks ready to become a full-blown NHL star
Big 3 of Selanne, Perry and Getzlaf finally get rolling
After eight games, No. 8 is on pace for… 21 goals
Five-game winning streak vaults Avs up the charts
Two more goalies injured while this sentence was written
Here's hoping Brandon Sutter won't miss too much time
Eight games into the season, zero goals for sophomore Jonathan Toews
Finally picked up some wins, but lost Briere for a month
Blowing 3-0 lead versus Calgary not typical of a Barry Trotz-coached team
38-year-old Mike Modano looks good out of the gate
Lucic just becoming more and more of a force out there
As Jarome goes, so go the Flames. A time will come when he'll need help, though.
Maybe, just maybe, there is still some life in Kyle Wellwood
Inconsistency goes with the territory when you're a young club
GM Bryan Murray needs to make some hard evaluations very soon
Keith Ballard making a nice first impression with eight points through eight games
Young legs doing some churning for coach Ron Wilson
Need to make hay during a seven-game homestand
Only one goal through seven games for newcomer Olli Jokinen
Voracek, Brassard offering some hope for the future
Two goals and seven points a real nice start for blueliner Ron Hainsey
Averaging an absolutely anemic 1.57 goals per game, far and away the fewest in the league
Injuries starting to define DiPietro's career
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