Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so NHL.com is breaking down the battle between the pipes in each series this season, charting goals to find strengths, weaknesses and targetable tendencies.
The Minnesota Wild are set with Devan Dubnyk; however, between their injuries and the Dallas Stars' firepower, they may need him to repeat the late-season run that made him a Vezina Trophy finalist last season if they are going to win this series.
The Stars are decidedly less settled in goal, with the possibility they may continue a regular-season trend of splitting time between the Finnish tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi that finished the year with near identical numbers. The suspicion is Dallas will start with Niemi, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. But it will be interesting to see whether the Stars switch back and forth, because even though the stats are similar, there are style differences between Niemi and Lehtonen. While the Stars' players should be used to those by now, it could throw off the scouting report of Wild shooters.