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Vegas Goalie Adin Hill Favored to Win Vezina Trophy



Adin Hill makes ridiculous save, Game 1 Stanley Cup Final

As of December 18, Adin Hill is making waves as a standout goaltender, positioning himself among the NHL’s elite in save percentage and goals-against average. With a record of 9-1-4, Hill boasts an impressive .933 save percentage and a 2.06 goals-against average, tying him with Vegas Golden Knights’ netminder Adin Hill for the league’s best save percentage and ranking third in goals-against average, just behind Hill and Los Angeles Kings’ goaltender Cam Talbot.

In the heated Vezina Trophy race, Hill is a strong contender with the fourth-best odds at +850, reflecting his stellar performance reminiscent of his time with the Golden Knights. As the season unfolds, Hill, along with other top contenders like Jeremy Swayman, Igor Shesterkin, and Connor Hellebuyck, promises an exciting battle for goaltending supremacy. The story of who will ultimately claim the Vezina Trophy is still unwritten, and the coming games will reveal the twists and turns in this thrilling goaltending saga.

The 25-year-old Swayman has emerged as a strong contender for the NHL’s best goaltender award. With a record of 9-1-4, Swayman holds a .933 save percentage and a 2.06 goals-against average as of December 18. His save percentage is tied with Vegas Golden Knights’ goaltender Adin Hill for the best in the NHL, and his goals-against average is third, behind Hill and Los Angeles Kings’ goaltender Cam Talbot.

In the Vezina Trophy race, Swayman has the sixth-highest odds at +1000 per, while Hill, whose stats closely resemble his impressive start with the Golden Knights, holds the fourth-best odds at +850.

Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers sits between them at No. 5 with +950 odds, posting an 11-7-0 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average. However, both of these totals fall outside the Top 20.

Cam Talbot, with a 2.02 goals-against average (second in the league) and a .926 save percentage (tied for third with Rangers’ backup Jonathan Quick), ranks third in the race at +700. Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is in second place with +500 odds, boasting a 15-6-1 record, a .917 save percentage, and a 2.41 goals-against average.

Surprisingly, Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Thatcher Demko is the frontrunner in the eyes of NHL general managers, holding +340 odds to win the award. Demko, with a 16-7-0 record, a .921 save percentage, and a 2.34 goals-against average, has played a crucial role in the Canucks’ success.

That was the case when Ullmark edged out New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin for the award last season despite Sorokin putting up an MVP-caliber effort behind a worse Islanders team.

Time will only tell if Hill continues to be one of the top goaltenders in the league, but he has the numbers that voters typically like when they take this race into account.

It could come down to the wire between Swayman, Hill and one of the other candidates in the race.

Sorokin, sitting just behind Hill with +1500 odds, could even leverage himself into the race after starting the year with an 8-4-7 record with a .912 save percentage and a 3.15 goals-against average.

It would require a turn-around from the team in front of him, but he has done his dampest to keep his team in it.

Time will only tell how that, and the stories of all of these goaltenders, will go.

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