This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
The season is taking shape, and some goalies are living up to expectations while others are not. Below are goaltenders who are heating up the ice, and others who are cold, cold, cold.
Collin Delia, Blackhawks
Yeah, we know the sample size is small, but in just three starts Delia has the Blackhawks re-thinking their future in net. It's not just the wins – it's his 1.66 GAA and .957 save percentage, and doing it against Colorado on the road twice and at home against Minnesota. Delia has rebounded from a tough rookie campaign and made a huge leap; he's been so good it would be shocking if he didn't start the Winter Classic, in which the Blackhawks are 0-3 all-time. The next stretch will be tough and telling; after facing their 2013 Stanley Cup Finals foe on Jan. 1, they will face Sidney Crosby's Penguins, and if Delia performs well in both games it will be a much more serious discussion about how this guy can help make the Stanley Cup window a little wider and longer for the Toews and Kane era.
MacKenzie Blackwood, Devils
The Blackwood era has arrived a little sooner than expected. The 2015 second-round pick has made five appearances for the Devils this season, but in his three starts is 2-1 with two goals allowed, including a 37-save shutout against Carolina. Keith Kinkaid has lost his grip on the starting job after getting pulled twice in three games, and who