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From Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts column:

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13. The GMs vote for the Vezina. What are they going to do with the St. Louis goaltenders? As of Monday morning, the Blues are 17 goals better than second-place Los Angeles with a true tandem of Jaroslav Halak (43 appearances) and Brian Elliott (35). They've got 14 shutouts between them, most in the NHL since Tony Esposito's 15 in 1969-70. The last shared victory was 1981 (Richard Sevigny, Denis Herron, Michel Larocque), as the league created the Jennings Trophy to eliminate this phenomenon.

14. The last goalie to win the Vezina with fewer than 50 appearances was Patrick Roy in 1989 (48). Saw some suggestions on Twitter that Elliott should win it, after he whitewashed Phoenix for his eighth shutout of the year. Tough thing is: he won't play 40 games. How many goalies have won the Vezina without playing at least 40? Zero - unless it was shared. (Bill Durnan was closest, hitting that exact number in 1945-46. Of course, it was a 50-game season then.)

15. The Blue with the best chance for individual hardware is probably David Backes (Selke, will get my vote). One opposing exec recently pointed out how the captain plays all three forward positions extremely well. Another criminally overshadowed player is Alex Pietrangelo, but it's going to be tough to get Norris votes against Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara.

16. Last Thursday, Pietrangelo played a ridiculous 4:11 of the five-minute overtime in Los Angeles. His last shift (which included a power play) was 2:19. Maybe that's why he wears 27 - a tribute to Alex Kovalev's shift lengths.

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