As the NHL playoffs arrive, it's become quite clear that keeping the puck out of the net has evolved into an art form.

Goalies are spending more time on their knees, using their pads to cover more space than ever and, maybe above all else, becoming more agile. It's working, too, as the save percentage around the league in 2014-15 was a combined .911, which is among the best dating to 1982-83.

Not only that, but goaltenders stopped 875 of 1,253 shots in shootouts this season, the highest percentage since it was first instituted for the 2005-06 season.

It could make for some low-scoring playoff games once games begin Wednesday.

Said Winnipeg forward Drew Stafford: "These goalies are definitely raising their game and making it harder for scorers."