11. ARTURS IRBE, HURRICANES
He's a workhorse capable of extraordinary games because of his quickness, and poor ones because of his inconsistency. He has the worst career playoff record of anyone in this postseason: 11-15.
12. PATRICK LALIME, SENATORS
He never has appeared in a playoff game and would seem to be Ottawa's weak link, even though he was more than solid (36-19-5 with a 2.35 goals-against average) during the season. For the balanced Senators, merely good goaltending might be good enough to get them to the Eastern Conference finals.
13. EVGENY NABOKOV, SHARKS
At his best the presumptive Calder Trophy winner is poised, patient and Velcro on rebounds. However, along with the rest of the Sharks in the past six weeks, he has slumped. Unless the magic returns, his first NHL playoff experience as a starter could be short and sour.
14. ROMAN TUREK/BRENT JOHNSON, RLUES
Turek's confidence was shattered in the playoffs last season when teammates kept deflecting pucks past him; he has never fully recovered. That's one reason St. Louis may turn to Johnson, a rookie who stumbled after a good start.
15. JOHAN HEDBERG/ GARTH SNOW/ JEAN S�BASTIEN AUBIN, PENGUINS
Hedberg is a capable minor leaguer who was acquired from the Sharks last month and has since elbowed his way past the two other goaltenders. That move up the depth chart reflects his work—a 7-1-1 record and .905 save percentage—and the work of Snow and Aubin. Mario Lemieux came back for this?
16. DAN CLOUTIER/BOB ESSENSA, CANUCKS
Cloutier has been ordinary since being acquired from Tampa Bay in February, leaving coach Marc Crawford with the dicey fallback position of Essensa, a journeyman who can blow hot and cold.