(2) Andrew Raycroft v. (7) Tim Cheveldae

Christian Petersen

Which goaltender was worse: Andrew Raycroft or Tim Cheveldae?

Two second round matches are in the books, and we've already had two upsets. Jacques Cloutier took down tournament favorite Ty Conklin a couple of days ago, and yesterday Alain Chevrier became the second goaltender from the 80's to move on to the final four with a relatively easy win over Jamie McLennan. Tim Cheveldae will be looking to continue the trend of upsets (and goalies who played in the 80's) going up against Andrew Raycroft. It will be a tough task for sure, but if Conklin can lose, maybe Raycroft can too.

(7) Tim Cheveldae

I remember thinking that Tim Cheveldae was a pretty good goalie when I was about eight years old simply because he played for the Red Wings, and the Red Wings were a really good team. Then he got traded to Winnipeg. It was a valuable lesson.

Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Worst GAA in 1994-95; bottom five GAA in 1995-96; bottom five Sv % in 1994-95.

Career v. Average: .883 on 9,530 shots compared to .889 expected.

Here's how Cheveldae compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games:

Cheveldae

(2) Andrew Raycroft

It is a testimony to the impact of small samples that Andrew Raycroft is one of two Calder Trophy winners in this tournament. Over a short period of time, even a bad goalie can put up stellar numbers, but over the long haul, their true colors will shine through. That one good season will at times continue to give a goalie chances, and Raycroft was bad enough as a starter that he was quickly moved into the back-up role where he made a few million dollars in a variety of cities over the course of the last CBA. He never came close to duplicating that one stellar season at the beginning of his career, but that's still a pretty good gig if you can get it.

Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Bottom five GAA in 2005-06; worst Sv % in 2005-06.

Career v. Average: .900 on 7,339 shots compared to .908 expected.

Here's how Raycroft compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games:

Raycroft

The Bracket:

Bracket

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