1. Ryan Miller
Intense competitor rarely loses focus. Technically, he's as good as there is. Must be the Sabres' best player if they are to win their first Cup.
2. Martin Brodeur
After his Olympic benching, he's out to prove he can still be the difference for the Devils. Puckhandling and quick glove are his strengths.
3. Marc-André Fleury
Has been to the last two finals and helped the Pens win it all last year. Athletic and amazingly quick, he must improve his puckhandling.
4. Roberto Luongo
Big man (6'3") stays upright as long as possible to force shooters to pick corners. Also seems to cost Vancouver one bad goal a game.
5. Jaroslav Halak
Montreal starter never gives up on a play and has a knack for making tough saves look easy. Halak has also never won an NHL playoff game.
6. Pekka Rinne
The 6'5" Rinne's size is imposing, as is his quickness. If he gets on a roll, the Predators become a very dangerous team. Has no playoff experience.
7. Ilya Bryzgalov
Won three of four during the Ducks' Cup run in 2007. Now with the Coyotes, he still tends to open his stance too early.
8. Evgeni Nabokov
He and Sharks face huge pressure. Loves to challenge shooters with quick glove, but can't be reckless when he tries to play angles.
9. Tuukka Rask
Bruin is one of the NHL's quickest goalies. Rask loves to battle, but the playoff rookie's exceptional poise is sure to be tested.
10. José Théodore
Caps starter gaining confidence in new stand-up style, which makes him appear larger. This postseason is a critical time in his career.
11. Craig Anderson
The Avs' secret weapon. Anderson thrives when he gets into a rhythm—even in games in which his defense allows too many shots.
12. Jimmy Howard
Rookie has grown immensely under Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard and veteran backup Chris Osgood. Must improve his control of rebounds.
13. Antti Niemi
Chicago starter has no playoff experience. Niemi excels at taking away the lower part of the net but tends to give up early goals.
14. Brian Elliott
Senators butterfly specialist works hard but allows too many second-chance shots after making low saves with his leg pads.
15. Jonathan Quick
Just one AHL playoff game on his résumé. He seemed to tire late. Tough competitor with great reflexes, he has star potential for L.A.
16. Brian Boucher
Flyer needs to make the routine saves and avoid overhandling the puck—especially early. Must worry about being steady, not spectacular.
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