This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it's time to show some patriotism and give thanks for the goaltenders that hail from the United States (and could potentially represent the country in the next World Cup or Olympics). These guys may not play for your favorite team, but anyone curious about how their fellow countrymen are doing this season should continue on…
There are 15 American netminders to accrue NHL statistics this season: Craig Anderson, Ben Bishop, Jack Campbell, Mike Condon, Scott Darling, John Gibson, Connor Hellebuyck, Jimmy Howard, Keith Kinkaid, Zane McIntyre, Ryan Miller, Al Montoya, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider and Jeff Zatkoff.
Nine are either playing relatively inconsequential roles or suffered a long-term injury (Quick). Campbell and McIntyre haven't done much of consequence for the Kings and Bruins, respectively. Condon has taken over the Senators backup job and played well to the tune of a 1.76 GAA, while Kinkaid has a 2.24 GAA as the backup in new Jersey. Darling is 4-0-0 as the No. 2 in Chicago, albeit with a 2.94 GAA. Montoya got off to a quick start with Carey Price battling the flu early, but now sits at 3-3-1 with a 3.13 GAA.
Miller will always be remembered for his great showing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but has fallen off in his old age, and is off to a 2-7-0 start in Vancouver. Zatkoff got an opportunity when Quick went