This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
Marc-Andre Fleury is on pace to make 70 appearances this season, a throwback to the days when backups barely played. That's a big workload but there has been precedent; Martin Brodeur, Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff played 70 games in their age-34 seasons, with Brodeur even winning the Vezina Trophy in 2007. With a league-leading 43 appearances and 27 wins, Fleury is on pace for a historic season.
Here are goalies who have been brick walls or sieves, and a young foursome who've taken the league by storm.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights - Even if the Knights have a firm foothold on a playoff spot, Gerard Gallant likely will continue to lean on Fleury heavily. The Knights aren't as good as they were last season, and Gallant doesn't seem to trust Malcolm Subban or Maxime Lagace.
Robin Lehner, Islanders - His 2.11 GAA is the lowest in the league among goalies with at least 20 appearances, shaving last year's GAA by almost one full goal. He's excelling in Barry Trotz's tried-and-true defensive style and his comeback story after struggling with mental illness has been one of the best stories of the season. Thomas Greiss has a .982 save percentage in his last two games and will continue to figure into the mix, but Trotz likely won't stray far from starting the hotter goalie and Lehner's earned the lion's share of the starts.
Matt Murray, Penguins - He's 10-1 with just 20 goals allowed since December, again