Ranking The Atlantic Division Goalie Tandems

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8.  Florida Panthers (Jacob Markstrom & Scott Clemmensen)

Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) makes a save against the New York Islanders during the first period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After playing 3 full seasons in North America, it is time for Markstrom to move from highly touted prospect to full time goalie.  His numbers have not been overwhelming in the NHL so far, and now the job seems to be his by default.  Clemmensen is a career backup.  The only advantage they have is they combine for only $2.4M in cap space.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

7. Tampa Bay Lightning (Ben Bishop & Anders Lindback)

Apr 24, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) prepares for a shot by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

If size mattered, they would be #1 by a long shot, but GM Steve Yzerman has taken a chance on potential in consecutive years.  Lindback didn’t live up to expectations last season, and Bishop’s numbers tailed off after joining the Lightning.  Maybe its the system they play, not giving the goalies a ton of help, but one of these two giants needs to sieze the opportunity and become a true #1.

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Topics: Atlantic Division, Boston Bruins, Carey Price, Craig Anderson, Goalies, James Reimer, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuukka Rask

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