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Minute man - 11-21-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

In last night's 4-0 road win against the Capitals, Marc-Andre Fleury (above) faced a mere 18 shots while earning his 25th career shutout.

While Fleury has certainly had heavier workloads in terms of shots faced during a game, it did mark the seventh consecutive start for Fleury and his fourth game in six days.

With Jeff Zatkoff pressed into the backup role, the Penguins have seemed slow to play him as much as the the man he replaced, Tomas Vokoun who is sidelined due to blood clots.

Is Fleury playing too much? That is certainly up for debate. But if you compare Fleury's minutes played to his peers, his workload this season is in line with many of the top goaltenders in the NHL.

Here is a look at all 30 NHL teams' top goaltenders (as defined by minutes played in this case) and what percentage of their team's potential goaltending minutes they have played this season:

(Note: All totals are through Wednesday's games.)

Player, Team Minutes
Played
Potential
Minutes
Percent of
Team’s
Goaltending
Minutes
Mike Smith, Coyotes 1,106:36 1,293:44 85.5%
Tuukka Rask, Bruins 1,083:51 1,274:11 85.1%
Corey Crawford, Blackhawks 1,129:57 1,347:48 83.8%
Antti Niemi, Sharks 1,072:19 1,291:23 83.1%
Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins 1,138:46 1,385:00 82.2%
Carey Price, Canadiens 1,082:59 1,335:00 81.1%
Robert Luongo, Canucks 1,133:14 1,410:14 80.3%
Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets 1,019:04 1,338:10 76.2%
Ben Bishop, Lightning 971:07 1,281:57 75.8%
Ondrej Pavelec, Jets 1,072:19 1,419:43 75.5%
Josh Harding, Wild 1,056:39 1,409:55 74.9%
Jaroslav Halak, Blues 908:07 1,220:41 74.4%
Braden Holtby, Capitals 998:56 1,351:34 73.9%
Jimmy Howard, Red Wings 999:00 1,356:32 73.6%
Kari Lehtonen, Stars 895:08 1,228:17 72.9%
Steve Mason, Flyers 877:15 1,207:40 72.6%
Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche 850:29 1,203:36 70.7%
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers 881:33 1,264:47 69.7%
Ryan Miller, Sabres 942:08 1,396:50 67.5%
Devan Dubnyk, Oilers 925:08 1,394:04 66.4%
Jonathan Bernier, Maple Leafs 820:33 1,277:09 64.2%
Craig Anderson, Senators 850:29 1,338:16 63.6%
Evgeni Nabokov, Islanders 800:13 1,327:16 60:3%
Martin Brodeur, Devils 727:10 1,284:16 56.6%
Justin Peters, Hurricanes 663:17 1,265:53 52.4%
Jonas Hiller, Ducks 752:52 1,451:53 51:9%
Tim Thomas, Panthers 650:33 1,341:55 48.5%
Carter Hutton, Predators 496:04 1,274:43 38.9%
Reto Berra, Flames 456:00 1,338:27 34.1%

(Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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