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Power Rankings pres. by YP: March 16

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.

Some hockey experts believe that at the end of the day, the shootout is about as predictable as a coin flip. Whether they admit it or not, players know there are some goaltenders that are next to unbeatable in breakaway challenges, making that first goal all the more important. Let's look at some of the league’s most dominant breakaway goalies this season (list determined by save percentage and win total for goaltenders with more than five appearances).

Brian Elliott - St. Louis Blues

It's been a heck of a season for Brian Elliott in St. Louis. He's in the midst of an All-Star season and is a major reason why the Blues are in a race for the Presidents' Trophy. 

Every point counts in the packed Central Division, and with the Blues sitting two points behind the Predators and three ahead of the Blackhawks, Elliott's points earned via the shootout have been crucial. Elliott is 6-1 this year in the shootout entering Sunday night's action, stopping 18 of 23 shots for a .783 save percentage. That one loss came all the way back on Oct. 16, the third game of the season, when Jeff Carter scored the only goal of the shootout to beat the Blues 1-0 in what was otherwise an 18-save Elliott shutout. 

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