News:Joey MacDonald received dehydration treatment after Friday's game and is apparently feeling fine as of Saturday morning, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Perhaps it was just the intensity of the 38-shot barrage that had Joey MacDonald feeling ill, but all tests for more serious issues all came back negative. He will return to Calgary as the Flames are packing it in for the season.
News:Joey MacDonald allowed three goals on 38 shots in Friday's loss to Chicago, his second-consecutive loss.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has allowed seven goals over his last two starts, but some of that can be attributed to the Flames' overall team ability. The good news is that MacDonald surrendered three goals on 38 shots on Friday after allowing four on just 20 in Thursday's loss to St. Louis.
News:Joey MacDonald will start in goal for the Flames' season finale Friday against the Blackhawks, Sportsnet reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has posted an 8-8-1 record over 20 games this season to go along with a .901 save percentage and 2.87 GAA. He will have the tough task of facing a potent Blackhawks offense in the team's final game on Friday.
News:Joey MacDonald made 16 stops in a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of St. Louis on Thursday.
Analysis: The Blues exposed every facet of the Flames' inexperience Thursday, so all the blame can't be placed on Joey MacDonald. Still, MacDonald will have to show more if he wants the opportunity to start with Calgary next year should Miikka Kiprusoff retire.
News:Joey MacDonald is slated to start Thursday's game against the Blues, FAN 960's Pat Steinberg reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald -- who made 34 saves on 35 shots in a win against the Wild on Sunday -- is back in nets for the Flames on Thursday, after Miikka Kiprusoff drew the nod in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Preds.
News:Joey MacDonald made 34 saves on 35 shots in a win against the Wild on Sunday.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has won four of his last five games, and he's let in two goals or less in those four victories. He's earned himself a contract with the Flames next season, but presumably as a backup.
News:Joey MacDonald will start in net Sunday.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald, who just signed a one-year contract with the Flames on Saturday, is 7-7 with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 18 games this season.
News:Joey MacDonald signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Flames on Saturday.
Analysis: The Flames picked up Joey MacDonald in February off waivers from Detroit. MacDonald is still the backup to Miikka Kiprusoff, though whether Kiprusoff returns to the Flames next season remains to be seen.
News:Joey MacDonald made 23 saves on 27 shots in a loss to the Wild on Monday.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald had put together three very good starts, all wins, in between this loss and the game in which he let in eight goals. However, MacDonald remains a 33-year-old journeyman just looking to secure a backup job for next season.
News:Joey MacDonald is slated to start Monday's game against the Wild, FAN 960's Pat Steinberg reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald, who has won his last three turns, will take aim Monday at a Minnesota squad in the midst of a three-game slide.
News:Joey MacDonald turned aside 28 shots Saturday, piloting the Flames to a 4-1 win over Edmonton. This is his third consecutive win, and nudges his season's log over .500 (7-6-1).
Analysis: We think he's on the verge of replacing Miikka Kiprusoff as the team's No. 1 netminder. Kipper has lost six straight decisions, and Joey MacDonald has now started three of the team's last four games.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Saturday's game in Edmonton, FAN 960's Pat Steinberg reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald gave up eight goals to the Oilers last Wednesday, but since then he has put together consecutive wins, stopping 68 out of 71 shots sent his way in the process.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Friday's game against the Coyotes, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald will return to the Calgary net for the second time in three contests after making 39 saves in a 3-1 win over the Avalanche on Monday.
News:Joey MacDonald made 39 saves on 40 shots to earn the win over the Avalanche on Monday.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald bounced back nicely after giving up eight goals in his last start. However, he still has a save percentage below .900 and a GAA over 3.00.
News:Joey MacDonald is in line to start Monday's game against the Avs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 reports.
Analysis: For Joey MacDonald, it will be his first start since giving up eight goals to the Oilers this past Wednesday, though working in his favor is that the Avs have dropped four straight games and are last in the NHL with 29 points to date.
News:Joey MacDonald gave up eight goals on 39 shots in a losing effort against Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The bigger news pertaining to Joey MacDonald, is that Miikka Kiprusoff was not sent packing as part of the Flames' trade deadline sell-off. As a result, MacDonald may only see a couple of starts before the end of the season.
News:Joey MacDonald will get the start in net on Wednesday for the Flames.
Analysis: It doesn't look like Miikka Kiprusoff is going anywhere, but if Kipper is part of a surprise deadline deal Joey MacDonald could see plenty of work to close out the season.
News:Joey MacDonald once again spelled Miikka Kiprusoff on Monday against the Oilers. He played 43:32 and made 13 saves on 14 shots.
Analysis: Kiprusoff has been awful this season, and is also potential trade fodder. This could lead to more playing time for Joey MacDonald, although he's only been marginally better.
News:Joey MacDonald made four stops in relief of Miikka Kiprusoff as the Flames fell to the Blue Jackets 6-4 Friday.
Analysis: Calgary is a mess right now, as it traded away its superstar in Jarome Iginla, had 27 giveaways Friday and its other premier player, Kiprusoff, has had a very rough season. With Kiprusoff struggling, Joey MacDonald may get an additional start or two down the stretch.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 27 shots in a win over Colorado on Wednesday night.
Analysis: With Miikka Kiprusoff getting the nod after a start Tuesday, Joey MacDonald backstopped the Flames to a win on a night where Jarome Iginla was a healthy scratch from the lineup and dealt to Pittsburgh. MacDonald's opportunities will come as part of games on back-to-back days, but otherwise he'll yield the bulk of the workload to Kiprusoff down the stretch.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Wednesday's game against the Avs.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald gets the nod Wednesday, in order to give Tuesday's starter, Miikka Kiprusoff, a breather after making four straight starts for the Flames.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 20 of 24 shots to take a 4-3 loss against Dallas on Monday night.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald didn't play particulraly well, giving up three goals in the first period and putting Calgary in a deep hole early. This is likely his last start for a while, as Miikka Kiprusoff should return for Thursday's game against Nashville.
News:Joey MacDonald will get the start Monday against Dallas, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Miikka Kiprusoff is in Calgary for the birth of his child, so Joey MacDonald will get the start Monday. MacDonald hasn't played terribly this season, with a 3-4-1 record and a 2.85 goals against average, but there are likely more reliable options available.
News:Joey MacDonald will be in between the pipes Monday when the Flames take on the Kings, Roger Millions of Rogers Sportsnet Calgary reports.
Analysis: After Miikka Kiprusoff was lit up for six goals on 22 shots Saturday against the Kings, Joey MacDonald gets the nod in the rematch. MacDonald came in to relieve Kiprusoff midway through the third period, and stopped the only two shots he faced.
News:Joey MacDonald made 19 saves on 21 shots in a loss to the Kings on Monday.
Analysis: With Miikka Kiprusoff back, Joey MacDonald's playing time will likely be limited, and his numbers don't indicate that he's a good fantasy option.
News:Joey MacDonald gave up a 3-0 lead to the Avalanche on Thursday, making 31 saves in a 5-4 loss.
Analysis: The Flames played a great first period but the wheels completely came off from there. Joey MacDonald had been playing well but was shelled in the final two periods Thursday. MacDonald should get another start or two before Miikka Kiprusoff returns but with the Flames so bipolar, it's hard to recommend starting him.
News:Joey MacDonald will get his seventh start of the season Thursday against the Avalanche, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Colorado is in a bit of a slump and Joey MacDonald played his best game of the season Tuesday, so if you're in a pinch, MacDonald is not a bad option.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 28 of 30 shots Tuesday but it wasn't enough as the Flames fell to the Wild 2-1 in overtime.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has proven to be a solid backup and has shown Calgary was right in signing him to take Leland Irving's place. In six games in relief of injured Miikka Kiprusoff, MacDonald is 3-2-1 with a 2.70 goals against average.
News:Joey MacDonald will get the start Tuesday against the Wild, the team's official website reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has played fairly well for the Flames, winning three of his five games. Miikka Kiprusoff is nearing a return, so MacDonald's days as a starter are numbered, but he should get the backup job once Kipper does return.
News:Joey MacDonald made 23 saves on 27 shots in a win over the Coyotes on Sunday.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has earned a win in three of his five games so far. He's probably earned the chance to be Calgary's starter until Miikka Kiprusoff comes back, and there's a good chance he'll be the backup once that happens.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Sunday's game against the Coyotes.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald will be making his second start in as many days for the Flames, given him a chance to build off Saturday's strong effort which saw him stop 30-of-31 shots in a 3-1 win over the Wild.
News: In his third straight start in relief of injured netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, Joey MacDonald stopped 30 shots Saturday to carry the Flames to a badly needed 3-1 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: This sparkling outing suddenly makes Joey MacDonald's season-long stats look respectable (2.55, .913) after a shaky start. We advise against any bandwagon-jumping; there's a reason why he's been a backup almost his entire career, and once Kiprusoff is healthy, MacDonald will go back to the end of the bench.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Saturday's game against the Wild.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald hasn't been great since landing in Calgary (3.09 GAA, .893 save percentage), but he should continue to get the bulk of the starts in goal. He'll make his third straight start Saturday.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 30-of-33 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Kings.
Analysis: The concern with Joey MacDonald is that the squad in front of him leaves plenty to be desired, but for those in deeper formats, he looks positioned to take a significant share of the starts until Miikka Kiprusoff is ready to return to action. Previous timetables suggested that Kiprusoff would be out at least another week, leaving a handful of additional starts up for grabs in Calgary.
News:Joey MacDonald will get the start in net Wednesday, according to the Calgary Herald.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald won his first game of the season Sunday as the Flames stormed back to beat the Stars in the third period. MacDonald wasn't particularly sharp in the win and is playing for an inconsistent Calgary team, so there are likely better options out there.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced to pick up his first win of the season Sunday against the Stars.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald was picked up off waivers to replace Leland Irving while the Flames wait for Miikka Kiprusoff to return from injury. This fact, combined with his play in two games this season, makes him a poor fantasy option.
News:Joey MacDonald will start Sunday against the Stars, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Picked up off waivers from the Red Wings earlier in the week, Joey MacDonald now has a legitimate chance at getting some run with No. 1 goalie Miikka Kiprusoff expected to miss the next two weeks with a knee sprain. The Flames demoted Leland Irving on Saturday following a recent string of poor performances, clearing the way for MacDonald to get a crack at regular duty.
News:Joey MacDonald allowed three goals on 21 shots in Friday's contest against St. Louis, playing 55 minutes in relief of starter Leland Irving.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald was claimed off of waivers from Detroit last week and will give the Flames goaltending depth while Miikka Kipprusoff is injured. Odds are MacDonald won't make too much of an impact in the Calgary crease, but he could see some starts with Kipper out if Irving falters.
News: The Flames have claimed Joey MacDonald (back) off waivers from the Red Wings, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald, who had been cleared to play after being out with a back injury, gives the Flames some added goaltending depth with Miikka Kiprusoff currently banged up.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) has been waived by the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: A bulging disc in Joey MacDonald's back ended the goalkeeper's 2011-12 campaign early, and he hasn't yet appeared in a game this season. Rookie Petr Mrazek has been backing up Jimmy Howard since Jonas Gustavsson got hurt. If MacDonald clears waivers Monday, he will be assigned to AHL Grand Rapids.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) is hoping to be cleared Friday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: With back-to-back games against the Oilers (Saturday) and Kings (Sunday), Joey MacDonald's return could afford some rest for Jimmy Howard, who has been in goal for the Wings in all but one period this season.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) hopes to be cleared to play Monday or Tuesday, MLive.com reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has been sidelined since March 14 with a bulging disc, but will meet with team doctors Monday or Tuesday. If he is cleared to play, MacDonald will likely be sent down to AHL Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint. The Red Wings called up Petr Mrazek on Sunday to back up Jimmy Howard while MacDonald and Jonas Gustavsson (groin) continue to rehab.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) resumed skating earlier this week and is hoping to get back into game action in approximately two weeks, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Unfortunately for Joey MacDonald, he may end up on waivers once he's healthy, as the Wings signed Jonas Gustavsson to back up Jimmy Howard during the summer and have two young netminders in position to handle the workload at Grand Rapids. Nevertheless, being claimed by another club could lead MacDonald to backup duty at the NHL level again depending on where he ends up once he's ready to suit up again.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) will start the season on IR, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald hasn't been on the ice since August because of a bulging disc, but hopes to skate some time next week. While starter Jimmy Howard was injured last season, MacDonald won seven games in a row for Detroit before injuring his back on March 14. When Detroit acquired Jonas Gustavsson on July 1, MacDonald asked to be traded, but the Red Wings were unable to make a deal. When he returns, MacDonald will either be traded or placed on waivers and sent to AHL Grand Rapids.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) may need to have offseason surgery, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: The Wings are going to try a plan of rest, rehab and injections for Joey MacDonald first, but general manager Ken Holland said that it could be a case where MacDonald has surgery to repair the slightly bulging disc in his back.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) is out until at least the playoffs and may miss the rest of the season, according to the team's official site.
Analysis: With Joey MacDonald out for the near future, Ty Conklin has taken over duties as the No. 1 goaltender. Even if MacDonald were healthy, it's unlikely he would see much ice time as the Red Wings are still fighting for playoff position and want to get Jimmy Howard ready for the postseason.
Wings' MacDonald Feeling Better, Still No Timetable For Return
News:Joey MacDonald (back) says he is feeling better, but there's still no timetable for his return to practice, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The Red Wings' backup goalie has been pretty impressive this year, posting a 8-5-1 record and a skinny 2.16 GAA. The team was just 1-4-0 under Joey MacDonald in March, however, and while it's uncertain when he will return this season, his progress is encouraging.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) had an MRI on Monday, but early results indicate that he does not have a bulging disc, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: He had surgery to repair that problem back in 2006, so hopefully this ailment isn't quite as severe. Joey MacDonald will not play Wednesday against the Rangers, as the Wings are expected to use Ty Conklin or Jordan Pearce against the Rangers with Jimmy Howard (groin) nursing an injury of his own.
News: MacDonlad (back) is expected to miss Monday's game, the Red Wings' official site reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald missed Saturday's game against San Jose and is set to receive an MRI on Monday. He is listed as day-to-day.
News:Joey MacDonald (back) will undergo an MRI on Monday, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Before approaching the ice again, Joey MacDonald wants to make sure his back issue isn't related to the bulging disc he dealt with back in 2006. Consider him day-to-day beyond Saturday.
News:Joey MacDonald "tweaked his back" during the 4-0 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday and will not be available Saturday against the Sharks, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Jordan Pearce was recalled by the Wings on Thursday to join the team in San Jose and back up Jimmy Howard on Saturday. Beyond the weekend, Joey MacDonald's status is uncertain and he's currently considered day-to-day.
News:Joey MacDonald will get the start in net when Detroit faces Anaheim on Wednesday night, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald gave up three goals on under 25 shots in each of his last three starts, but has excellent numbers for the season. It would help his chances to get the win if Anaheim's Corey Perry (game-time decision) cannot play.
News: McDonald endured a tough loss Saturday as Detroit fell 3-2 to the Predators. He made 17 saves (.850) to drop his third decision in four games.
Analysis: This one's a tough call. Normally you'd jump on the opportunity to start any goalie on a team as powerful as the Red Wings, and while Jimmy Howard's groin mends, McDonald will get most of the starts. But his play has been indifferent lately, after his seven-game win February streak snapped. If you're in a tight race for wins, go ahead and start McDonald with confidence; the Wings' offense will win some games for him. But if your standings are sensitive in the composite categories, you'll have to endure some risk in that area. Of course, once Howard returns, McDonald's crease time, and fantasy value, will plummet.
News: MaDonald will start for the Wings against the Kings on Friday, according to MLive.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard (groin) is healing and hopes to be back in action early next week. Until then look for Joey MacDonald to give the club all the puck stopping they need to continue winning.
News:Joey MacDonald allowed three goals on 23 shots in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard on the shelf, Joey MacDonald figures to be the man in Motown, but had a rough outing on Tuesday despite being staked to an early 1-0 lead. Look for MacDonald to see the bulk of the starts for the Wings.
News:Joey MacDonald will start in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard staying behind in Detroit in hopes of returning Friday against the Kings, Joey MacDonald will start while Jordan Pearce serves as his backup for Tuesday's contest.
News:Joey MacDonald stepped in for an injured Jimmy Howard on Sunday against Chicago. He played 39:00 and made 12 saves on 13 shots. However, he did take the loss.
Analysis: If Howard misses any more action, Joey MacDonald will likely start for him, and he played very well the last time Howard was out.
News:Joey MacDonald will start against the Blue Jackets Tuesday, according to Shawn Mitchell of Blue Jackets Extra.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald hasn't played since February 19th when Jimmy Howard returned from a broken finger, but Joey has still won each of his last six outings an allowed more than two goals just one time.
News:Joey MacDonald turned away 28 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Columbus.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has been relegated to backup duty with Jimmy Howard returning to the lineup, but figures to see the odd start down the stretch, making him worth a spot start in deeper leagues when called upon by Detroit.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 31-of-33 shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald, the game's first star Sunday, is on track to sit Tuesday against Chicago, with Jimmy Howard slated to return from his finger injury.
News:Joey MacDonald will make his seventh consecutive start Sunday against San Jose, according to MLive.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald will be out to do two things against the Sharks - try to keep the Red Wings' 22-game home winning streak alive, and earn his sixth straight win in relief of the injured Jimmy Howard. With Howard's return from a broken finger now on the horizon, fantasy owners might as well take advantage of every start they can get out of MacDonald in the meantime.
News:Joey MacDonald will remain the Wings' No. 2 goaltender after Jimmy Howard (finger) returns to action, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Ty Conklin may ultimately be placed on waivers and sent to Grand Rapids (AHL) if he clears, but Joey MacDonald is 4-1 with a .930 save percentage and 1.72 GAA while filling in for Howard in February. Howard could be back as early as Sunday, so MacDonald's playing time will likely take a significant hit in the near future.
News:Joey MacDonald will start for the Winged Wheel Friday against the Predators, according to MLive.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald will make his sixth straight start for the Red Wings and he has won his last four decisions. Jimmy Howard is close to returning, but the Wings haven't missed a beat with Joey Mac in net.
News:Joey MacDonald will make a fifth straight start for the Wings Tuesday when they take on the Stars, according to MLive.
Analysis: The Wings will be going for their 21st straight victory at home which would set an NHL record. Joey MacDonald is no Jimmy Howard, but he has performed above expectations since he's stepped into the starting role.
News:Joey MacDonald won his fourth consecutive start for the Wings in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Stars. It was also Detroit's record-setting 21st straight home win.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has been money for those quick enough and astute enough to have snatched him off the free-agent pool or waiver wire. After Ty Conklin crashed and burned in the first game following Jimmy Howard's injury, MacDonald has been playing fairly well for anyone, let alone a career minor-leaguer. MacDonald has allowed just seven goals over the past four games, good for a 1.75 GAA. Howard could be back as early as this weekend, so the dream run could be nearing its end.
News:Joey MacDonald made 26 saves on 29 shots against Philadelphia on Sunday to pick up the win.
Analysis: There was reason for concern in Detroit when Jimmy Howard went down, but Joey MacDonald has more than held his own. He has probably earned the backup job for the Wings at the very least.
News:Joey MacDonald will make his fourth consecutive start Sunday against the Flyers, MLive.com reports.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald will be the main man between the pipes for the Wings until Jimmy Howard returns from a broken finger. He has played exceptionally well, with a 2-1-1 record, 1.57 GAA and .935 save percentage.
News:Joey MacDonald will start against the Ducks Friday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Analysis:Joey MacDonald has allowed a total of five goals in his three games with the Wings providing them with a nice boost in net given that starter Jimmy Howard is out with an injury.
News:Joey MacDonald will get his second start in a row Wednesday against the Oilers, mlive.com reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow goalie Jimmy Howard skated again Wednesday, but is still is not ready to face any shots due to his broken right index finger.
News:Joey MacDonald will start against the Coyotes on Monday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Ty Conklin struggled in his start against Edmonton on Saturday night and the Wings received a much better effort from Joey MacDonald in relief. As a result, the two goaltenders are likely battling for the starting role while Jimmy Howard recovers from a broken finger.
News:Joey MacDonald made 20 saves on 22 shots in his first start this season, taking a loss against Phoenix on Monday.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard is out a couple of weeks with an injury, and with Ty Conklin's struggles this season, Joey MacDonald could see a few starts for the Wings. However, it's obviously more of a gamble to give him a start compared to Jimmy Howard, so buyer beware.
News: McDonald saw his first NHL action of the season Saturday, and it came in a tough situation. With No. 1 netminder Jimmy Howard on the shelf with an injury, starter Ty Conklin coughed up three first-period goals to the homestanding Oilers. The Detroit coaching staff sent McDonald in for the start of the second, and he answered the call with 45 minutes of excellent play, surrendering a single goal late in regulation with the Edmonton goalie pulled for an extra attacker. The Red Wings eventually lost in a shootout, 5-4.
Analysis: It's unfortunate that a guy who plays this well must stare at a ledger that reads 0-0-1. McDonald isn't the answer to anybody's prayers in the crease, but with Conklin playing so poorly, it's foreseeable that McDonald might get more ice time until Howard's broken finger mends. If you do pick him up, don't expect miracles; but in reality, there are probably better fantasy options in your free-agent pool. He'll be 32 on Tuesday, and is extraordinarily unlikely to blossom into a star.
News: The Red Wings recalled Joey MacDonald on Friday, the team's official Twitter page reports.
Analysis: This call-up is due to Jimmy Howard suffering a broken finger Thursday night against Vancouver. Joey MacDonald played in 15 games last season for the Red Wings and posted a 2.58 GAA, and a 5-5-3 record. He will likely get a few starts in the near future, but he is unlikely to be a consistent fantasy option.
News:Joey MacDonald was returned to Grand Rapids (AHL) on Wednesday, the Red Wings' official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: He did not play in his callup to serve as the temporary No. 2 netminder behind Ty Conklin while Jimmy Howard was away from the team for the birth of his child.
News:Joey MacDonald was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), the Red Wings Front reports.
Analysis: Starter Jimmy Howard will miss Tuesday's game due to his wife delivering their first child, leaving Ty Conklin in the starting role. Joey MacDonald is back to provide a safety net for the Red Wings.
News:Joey MacDonald has been recalled by the Red Wings, the team's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: He'll back up Ty Conklin in Columbus on Tuesday as Jimmy Howard is unavailable following the birth of his first son.
News:Joey MacDonald has been placed on waivers, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: If he clears, he'll head to Grand Rapids (AHL) to add depth as the Wings are beginning the season with Ty Conklin as their backup to Jimmy Howard.
News:Joey MacDonald will complete with Ty Conklin for the backup goaltender spot during camp, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: While Conklin is the favorite to come away with the job, Joey MacDonald showed enough as Howard's backup down the stretch last season to get an opportunity for that role again if he plays well. Regardless of who wins the job, Howard is expected to start 60-65 games if he's healthy, so the Wings' backup has limited fantasy value outside of deep formats that heavily weigh goaltender victories.
News: MacDonald signed a two-year contract with Detroit on Monday, RedWings.NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Although his record (5-5-3) was not that great last year, MacDonald's GAA of 2.58 and save percentage of .917 indicate that he was mostly effective. He was especially good in a relief role, as his six appearances off the bench saw him stop 74 of 76 shots.
News: MacDonald is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday, MLIve.com reports.
Analysis: The Wings seem to be leaning against re-signing Chris Osgood, so it's possible that MacDonald will get another chance to back up Jimmy Howard this season after performing well in that role when Osgood was derailed by hernia surgery.
News: MacDonald is expected to start against St. Louis on Wednesday, DetroitRedWings.com reports.
Analysis: St. Louis is only 13-20-5 on the road, so you could presumably find a worse option than MacDonald for Wednesday. He has generally been quite sharp the past two months in limited action.
Thirty-Eight Saves In Loss For Red Wings' MacDonald
News: MacDonald made 38 saves on 41 shots in an overtime loss Monday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard hurt, and with a playoff spot locked up for Detroit, MacDonald might get a few starts the rest of the way. He's not a great option, but if you need a goalie he could be a good bet for a win in a pinch.
News: MacDonald will start Monday's game against Chicago, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard (shoulder) and Chris Osgood (hernia) both on the shelf, MacDonald will be the Red Wings' guy between the pipes for the forseeable future. The good news is, MacDonald has not allowed a goal in his last three appearances, stopping a combined 54 shots against the Maple Leafs, Penguins and Blue Jackets.
News: MacDonald came in for the injured Jimmy Howard on Saturday night and picked up the win.
Analysis: MacDonald wasn't peppered with shots, but he stopped all that came at him in the third period. He'll probably start Monday's game in Chicago.
News: MacDonald, just sent down to Grand Rapids a day ago, has been recalled by the Red Wings, according to James Mirtle of Globe and Mail.
Analysis: Chris Osgood has been placed on long-term IR, so perhaps MacDonald will be up the rest of the way and be in line for a start or two once the Red Wings are comfortable with their playoff position.
News: MacDonald has been sent back to Grand Rapids (AHL), the Red Wings' official site reports.
Analysis: With the need for another forward and Chris Osgood's improving health, MacDonald will rejoin the Griffins while Jan Mursak has been recalled to take over his roster spot and provide the Wings with added depth at forward.
News: MacDonald came in for Jimmy Howard on Monday against the Penguins. He stopped all 10 shots he faced, but the Wings lost in a shootout.
Analysis: MacDonald's playing time will come sparingly. If you are in a pinch and need a goalie, and if MacDonald has a favorable matchup, he might be worth a shot.
News: MacDonald, filling in on the second of back-to-backs due to Chris Osgood's injury, made 37 saves in a shutout win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Analysis: MacDonald's only other NHL shutout came back on March 27, 2009 -- against Detroit, as a New York Islander. At 31 years old, he's no man's prospect, and even with this shining moment, he has fairly minimal fantasy value outside of, well, the occasional spot start.
News: MacDonald is making a spot start Thursday against Columbus, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard will be back in the saddle Saturday against the Predators, but MacDonald is getting the call on the backend of games on consecutive days for the Wings.
News: MacDonald has been recalled from AHL Grand Rapids, according to the Red Wings' Official Twitter Feed.
Analysis: MacDonald returns to the Wings after a quick demotion and will available to suit up for Wednesday's game against Washington.
News: MacDonald has been sent back to Grand Rapids of the AHL, according to the Red Wings' Official Twitter Feed.
Analysis: Chris Osgood is at least close to a return, so MacDonald isn't needed around for now. He's gotten into a handful of games during Osgood's lengthy absence, and his GAA in 10 games of action is actually 30 basis points better than Howard's 2.77.
News: The Red Wings Wings have sent MacDonald back to AHL Grand Rapids, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: MacDonald will head back down to the minors to make room for fellow goalie Chris Osgood, who the Wings activated Monday.
News: MacDonald will start Saturday against Buffalo, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Head coach Mike Babcock is trying to keep Jimmy Howard a bit more fresh down the stretch this season, so MacDonald will make his first start since getting a victory over the Panthers last week.
News: MacDonald made 29 saves in a 4-3 win over Florida on Friday night.
Analysis: With a game on back-to-back days, MacDonald was given a rare opportunity to start in place of Jimmy Howard. If Chris Osgood is healthy enough to return later this season as expected, MacDonald's limited playing time would almost certainly disappear down the stretch. For now, he's an insurance policy for Howard owners looking to monopolize the Red Wings' goaltending situation.
News: MacDonald will start Friday against Florida, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard has started 10 of the past 11 games for the Wings, so he will get a night off with MacDonald getting the nod against the Panthers.
News: McDonald endured 29 Nashville shots Saturday, allowing three markers. But the last two were just gravy as the Predators shut out the Wings, 3-0.
Analysis: In one sense, he did his job; Jimmy Howard got a night off before Monday's game against the Rangers. Now it's back to the end of the bench for McDonald. One irony here is that McDonald's season-long composite numbers (2.63, .902) are slightly better than Howard's. But that fact won't get McDonald the starter's job; it merely illustrates the Red Wings' Achilles heel this season.
News: MacDonald is expected to start Saturday against Nashville, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard taking the first game against the Blue Jackets on Friday, MacDonald will get a rare start with the Wings being in action for the third time in four days.
News: MacDonald has been recalled by the Wings, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Jordan Pearce has been sent back to Grand Rapids to make room for MacDonald on the roster. With Evgeni Nabokov getting claimed by the Isles, MacDonald is set to return to his role as the primary backup to Jimmy Howard.
News: The Red Wings loaned MacDonald to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Since MacDonald was recalled on an emergency basis, sending him down Friday allowed the Red Wings to do so without passing him through waivers. MacDonald will likely be recalled again if the Red Wings don't end up with Evgeni Nabokov, but that decision won't be made final until Saturday. Jordan Pearce was recalled to take MacDonald's spot on the roster for the time being.
News: MacDonald stopped 25 of 28 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Detroit really needs Jimmy Howard to return from his knee injury. Thankfully for the Red Wings, that is due to happen Thursday, so MacDonald is once again ticketed for the bench.
News: MacDonald will start Tuesday's game against the Penguins, according to the Red Wings' official Twitter page.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard (knee) is not yet ready to return, so MacDonald will make his second start of the season. MacDonald gave up five goals Saturday against a sub-par Columbus offense, so be wary of starting him Tuesday against a more potent Pittsburgh lineup.
News: Despite a shaky start, MacDonald pulled up his pads Saturday to win 6-5 in OT over the Blue Jackets. He made 25 saves.
Analysis: He allowed a goal just 33 seconds in and then another at the 4:12 mark. But then he managed to pull things together until the 18:56 mark of the third when he gave up the tying goal; thankfully Johan Franzen scored the winner in OT. He's not the answer between the pipes in the Motor City so a trade may be needed if Jimmy Howard is out for long.
MacDonald: Wings' Only Option Until Injured Regulars Return
News: MacDonald will start Saturday against Columbus, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: With Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood both still out with injuries, MacDonald will likely start every game for the Wings for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, Thomas McCollum has been recalled from AHL Grand Rapids and will serve as MacDonald's backup.
News: MacDonald is expected to get Chris Osgood's share of the starts for the next six-to-eight weeks, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: "It's not going to affect things one bit," head coach Mike Babcock said. "Whenever Ozzie was supposed to start, I'm going to play MacDonald. Ozzie's, obviously, been hurt for a long time here and tried battling through it, and he wasn't able to. This is good news for him and good news for us; we'll be able to get him healthy and get him going." MacDonald may only see a handful of starts while Osgood recovers from sports hernia surgery, especially since Jimmy Howard has proven capable of handling a heavy workload before and given the Wings' favorable schedule with just six games remaining in January before a week off for the All-Star break.
News: MacDonald has been recalled from AHL Grand Rapids, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: MacDonald will back up Jimmy Howard for Monday's game in Colorado and perhaps longer, depending on how long Chris Osgood's groin injury sidelines him.
News: The Red Wings assigned MacDonald to AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday, according to the Red Wings' official Twitter page.
Analysis: MacDonald's demotion clears the way for Chris Osgood (groin) to return to the roster. MacDonald will bide his time in the AHL until the Red Wings have a need to recall him.
News: MacDonald is expected to accompany the Wings on their upcoming three-game west coast road trip after Chris Osgood suffered a groin injury in Monday's practice, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: While Osgood could be out for a couple of weeks depending on the extent of the injury, MacDonald may grab a spot start or two at some point if Jimmy Howard has any additional back trouble after getting scratched from his start against Calgary on Thursday night due to spasms. In any case, MacDonald's stay with Detroit may be extended, but his role won't increase unless Howard joins Osgood on the shelf.
News: The Red Wings recalled MacDonald from the AHL on Thursday, the Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Jimmy Howard had back spasms after Thursday's practice, so the Wings need MacDonald around to back up Chris Osgood until Howard is healthy.
News: The Ducks have acquired G Joey MacDonald from the Leafs in exchange for a seventh-round pick.
Analysis: MacDonald will be just the third goalie in Anaheim behind Jonas Hiller and Curtis McElhinney. Continue to ignore him in all Fantasy formats.
News: The Maple Leafs have sent G Joey MacDonald back to the AHL.
Analysis: MacDonald filled in a little while Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson, but both of them are back, or almost back, to full strength. Continue to ignore Joey Mac in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: Maple Leafs G Joey MacDonald allowed four goals on 23 shots Saturday before being yanked in a 7-2 loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: MacDonald's time as a starting goalie for the Leafs appears to be over for now with Vesa Toskala healthy. Continue to ignore him in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News:Joey MacDonald stopped 33 shots to pick up his first win with Toronto during a 6-3 rout of the Blue Jackets on Thursday. After Columbus pulled to 2-1 on Kristian Huselius' power-play goal five minutes into the second period, Toronto put the game away. Just over a minute later, Niklas Hagman passed cross ice to Mikhail Grabovski who found Jason Blake on another picture-perfect pass to make it 3-1. The Maple Leafs made it 4-1 shortly after when Alexei Ponikarovsky took a pass and was held up by a defender but kicked the puck to Phil Kessel for a quick shot resulting in his second of the night and 10th of the season. Toronto was up 6-1 before Columbus added two third-period scores.
Analysis: MacDonald's first win could be short-lived. He was expected to take over the starting netminder duties with Jonas Gustavsson needing more heart surgery, but Vesa Toskala is expected to return from a groin injury on Saturday, so MacDonald will once again fight for his starts. MacDonald has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice. The Maple Leafs TG is also a low-end option.
News: AM640 out of Toronto reports that Maple Leafs G Vesa Toskala (groin) is likely to come off IR and make a Saturday start at Boston.
Analysis: With Jonas Gustavsson (heart) out for probably a couple of weeks, Toskala could get plenty of action over the next two scoring periods. If you're in a deeper league and struggling for starts at the goalie spot, then Toskala might be worth a look. Of course, the Leafs aren't great, Toskala has a habit of getting hurt and he could share starts with Joey MacDonald, but there are worse options out there. The Leafs TG remains a low-end No. 2 option for now.
News: The Toronto Star reports that Maple Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson is going to have another procedure performed on his heart later this week. Gustavsson, who had minor surgery on his heart in training camp, is expected to miss anywhere from 2-3 weeks.
Analysis: Hopefully the docs can figure out what's wrong with The Monster's heart, as the Leafs' goalie situation is a complete mess right now. Vesa Toskala is already out hurt, so it looks like Joey MacDonald will fill in between the pipes for now. He will be nothing more than a No. 3 option for the time being, while Gustavsson should be stashed away in deeper leagues until later this month.
News: Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson was taken to the hospital with an elevated heart rate following the first period of Toronto's 3-0 victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday night. Gustavsson made eight saves before he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The Swedish rookie had minor heart surgery during training camp after he experienced a racing heartbeat. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said Gustavsson is expected to be fine. "We're just being ultra-cautious," Burke said. Joey MacDonald replaced Gustavsson to begin the second and stopped 18 shots to complete Toronto's first shutout of the season.
Analysis: Gustavsson had started games on consecutive nights for the second time this season. He made 28 saves against the Sabres on Monday night. It's hard to say when Gustavsson will be able to start again, so all Fantasy owners in deeper formats is wait for him to return. However, Gustavsson is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy option when healthy. MacDonald is hardly worth owning in Fantasy. The Maple Leafs TG is a low-end option.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goalie Vesa Toskala and forward John Mitchell on injured reserve and recalled goalie Joey MacDonald and forward Christian Hanson on Tuesday. Jonas Gustavsson is expected to resume the starting duties for Toronto with Toskala sidelined.
Analysis: MacDonald, who has spent most of the season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, has a 0-3-0 record with the Leafs this season. He posted a 3.35 goals-against average and .875 save percentage with the NHL club. MacDonald will fill in as the backup until Toskala is healthy, but he is not a recommended Fantasy start.
News: Maple Leafs G Joey MacDonald fell to 0-3-0 on the season when he allowed two goals on 24 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Canucks on Saturday.
Analysis: MacDonald was thrown into the mix in Toronto when both Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavson got hurt, but hasn't exactly played well. Gustavsson should be back in Fantasy Week 4 (Oct. 26-Nov. 1), so just continue to ignore MacDonald in all Fantasy formats. The Leafs TG is only worth owning in super-deep two-goalie leagues as a No. 3 option right now.
News: Maple Leafs goalie Joey MacDonald allowed four goals in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers. He stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.
Analysis: The Maple Leafs have yet to win a game this season and Ward is just filling in for an ailing Vesa Toskala out until at least Oct. 24. He has virtually no Fantasy appeal at this time and that's even if he does continue to start. Avoid the Leafs TG for now.
News: Toronto G Joey MacDonald made his first start of the season on Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche with Vesa Toskala, the normal starter, scratched. MacDonald didn't fare all that well against the Avs as he lost the game 4-1. He gave up four goals and managed to make 24 saves.
Analysis: MacDonald may have to remain in net for a few games with Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson hurting. MacDonald and the Maple Leafs TG will be low-end No. 2 Fantasy options at best, however, while he's in goal.
News: The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Maple Leafs G Vesa Toskala was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game vs. Colorado which what is being rumored to be a knee injury. Joey MacDonald will start in his place.
Analysis: Toskala has been awful so far this season, and there have been rumors that he isn't at 100 percent. Bench Toskala in all formats for now and just cross your fingers about his long-term prognosis. McDonald and the Maple Leafs TG will be low-end No. 2 Fantasy options at best while Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson recover from their respective issues.
News: The Maple Leafs have called up G Joey MacDonald from the AHL. He will fill the spot of Jonas Gustavsson, who landed on IR Thursday with a groin problem.
Analysis: MacDonald had his moments last season with the Islanders, but then had a rough second half filled with losses and injuries. MacDonald might get a start or two while Gustavsson is gone, but won't be worth worrying about outside of super-deep leagues unless he somehow ends up getting more action than Vesa Toskala.
News: The Maple Leafs assigned forwards Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin and Jiri Tlusty and goaltender Joey MacDonald to Toronto of the AHL.
Analysis: Bozak made a strong impression during camp, but Toronto still feels he needs some time in the minors. Tlusty and Kulemin have been grave disappointments since last season. MacDonald was always expected to open in the minors with Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson healthy. Keep these players out of active Fantasy lineups.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs placed G Joey MacDonald on waivers Tuesday with the intention of sending him to the AHL.
Analysis: MacDonald always looked like being the odd man out behind Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson, so this move isn't entirely surprising. Ignore him in Fantasy formats for the time being.
News: On Monday, the Maple Leafs signed free-agent goalie Joey MacDonald to a one-year deal after trading Justin Pogge to Anaheim. He was 14-26-6 with a 3.37 goal-against record and .901 save percentage in 49 games with the New York Islanders last season.
Analysis: While MacDonald did an admirable job at times in '08-09 for the injured Rick DiPietro, New York never intended to re-sign him. They opted to add Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron in the offseason as insurance for DiPietro. MacDonald, who believes he is cut out for the NHL, is now third on Toronto's depth chart behind Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson. He is not going to have much Fantasy appeal Draft Day. The Maple Leafs TG is still at best a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: TSN.ca reports the Maple Leafs are about to finalize a deal with free-agent goalie Joey MacDonald, who spent the 2008-09 season with the Islanders.
Analysis: While MacDonald did an admirable job at times in '08-09 for the injured Rick DiPietro, New York never intended to re-sign him. They opted to add Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron in the offseason as insurance for DiPietro. MacDonald, who believes he is cut out for the NHL, is now third on Toronto's depth chart behind Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson. He is not going to have much Fantasy appeal Draft Day. The Maple Leafs TG is still at best a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Islanders G Joey MacDonald might not be re-signed as an unrestricted free agent, but the career minor-leaguer believes he proved himself as an NHL goaltender filling in for injured starter Rick DiPietro this season. He went 14-26-6 with a 3.37 GAA and a .901 save percentage. "It's been a long haul. I got a lot of work, especially at the start of the season. It was good to prove to everyone and myself that I can stick in the NHL," the Nova Scotia native said. "A lot of teams need goalies who can do the job or give their starters a rest. You see some of the No. 1 goalies who started 70 games and got burned out, so we'll see if we can do a deal with the Islanders."
Analysis: While MacDonald believes he could be a starter in the NHL, his numbers say otherwise. He is likely to find a backup role with some team in 2009-10, but we don't envision MacDonald having a lot of Fantasy appeal Draft Day.
News: Islanders G Yann Danis started in goal during Sunday's 6-2 loss against the Bruins and stopped 11 shots before giving way to Joey MacDonald, who made 16 more saves. The Bruins took only 23 seconds to open the scoring. David Krejci broke in on a 2-on-1 with Michael Ryder and passed the puck over to his linemate, who quickly shot the puck past Danis. Boston struck again with 4:40 left in the first period. Danis made a pad save on Blake Wheeler's shot, but the rebound bounced out to an uncovered Phil Kessel, who simply put it in the open left side. The in the second Tim Thomas poke-checked the puck off Tim Jackman's stick on a short-handed breakaway, and Kessel wound up with his second of the game at 5:27, again on a power play. At that point, Danis was pulled for MacDonald. And the first shot MacDonald faced went past him into the net off the stick of Kobasew at 7:02. Kessel notched his hat trick on a one-timer at 12:53 of the third past McDonald.
Analysis: MacDonald was thrust into the starting goalie job early in the season as Rick DiPietro struggled to get healthy following knee surgery. When DiPietro needed more knee surgery, MacDonald was expected to finish the season as the Islanders' top goalie. He then had a rough second half with his own injuries and Danis came up from the minors to steal his job. MacDonald might or might not be back in 2009-10 as DiPietro's backup, so track his offseason progress before taking a flier on him Draft Day 2009.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 31 saves during a 6-1 loss to the Penguins Thursday. MacDonald actually held a 1-0 lead before Pittsburgh tied the game at 14:15 and finished it off by scoring five times over the next two periods. Surprisingly, MacDonald allowed just one power-play score. He has allowed six goals in each of his last two outings.
Analysis: MacDonald began the season as the Islanders' starting goalie since Rick DiPietro couldn't overcome a knee injury. When DiPietro eventually opted for season-ending surgery, MacDonald became the full-time starter before he went down with a groin injury. That opened the door for Yann Danis to steal time in net. MacDonald was never the same upon his return and also dealt with a knee injury of his own. MacDonald might be back in 2009-10 as a backup to DiPietro, but is going to have little to no Fantasy value on Draft Day. The Islanders TG has low-end Fantasy appeal without DiPietro.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald allowed six goals on 47 shots Tuesday after relieving Yann Danis in a 9-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
Analysis: MacDonald continues to share starts with Danis, but you shouldn't be worried about using him in any Fantasy formats at this critical point in the season.
News: The Washington Capitals scored five goals on Wednesday night in a defeat of the Islanders, 5-3, and New York goalie Joey MacDonald allowed four of them. He stopped 38 Capitals shots on the night but allowed four goals and took the loss. MacDonald actually had a lead in the 3rd period but Washington scored three times off him in the frame.
Analysis: MacDonald couldn't stop the bleeding Wednesday after putting up a solid effort through the first two periods. He was coming off a win against Detroit and his record falls to 14-25-6 on the year. He shares starts with Yann Danis and only has low-end Fantasy appeal because of it. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News:Joey MacDonald made 42 saves for his first NHL shutout, and Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey scored goals in the lowly New York Islanders' 2-0 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. MacDonald, making his 62nd appearance in an NHL career that began with the Red Wings in 2006-07, made 14 saves in the second period and 19 in the third. Marian Hossa, Valtteri Filppula and Pavel Datsyuk all hit posts or crossbars for Detroit.
Analysis: MacDonald just returned from a knee injury Wednesday and it appeared all that time off helped him clear his mind. MacDonald shut down the top scoring team in the NHL and made it look easy. For that, he likely earned another start. Still, he will share time with Yann Danis and has low-end Fantasy appeal. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald dressed as Yann Danis' backup during Wednesday's game against the Wild. He had missed the previous five games with a knee injury.
Analysis: MacDonald should get some starts down the stretch as long as he stays healthy, but that has been a big issue since the calendar turned to 2009. Danis seems favored in New York at the moment, so MacDonald has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald (knee) was not in uniform Saturday at Ottawa. He has missed the last five games and remains questionable for Wednesday against the Wild.
Analysis: MacDonald could have had an opportunity to do big things this season with the Islanders as Rick DiPietro was lost for the season early on. He has had his own injury problems however as Yann Danis has had most of the Islanders starts of late. MacDonald will get his starts down the stretch when healthy, but they could be limited. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice. Do not have him active in the upcoming scoring period as it is unknown if he'll be able to play on Wednesday against the Wild.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald (knee) was not in uniform Friday against the Hurricanes. He has missed the last four games and remains questionable for Saturday against the Senators.
Analysis: Injuries have been the downfall of MacDonald's season. He was playing well up until a groin injury in January that kept him out until early February. That allowed Yann Danis to sneak into net and steal the starting job away from MacDonald, who has been very ineffective since the injury. Now, he is day-to-day with another ailment. MacDonald will get his starts down the stretch when healthy, but they could be limited. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice.
News: On Sunday against the Blackhawks, Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald missed his third straight game because of a knee injury he sustained Tuesday in Toronto. Peter Mannino, who made 40 saves in a 4-2 win, was backed up by Yann Danis.
Analysis: Injuries have been the downfall of MacDonald's season. He was playing well up until a groin injury in January that kept him out until early February. That allowed Danis to sneak into net and steal the starting job away from MacDonald, who has been very ineffective since the injury. Now, he is day-to-day with another ailment. MacDonald will get his starts down the stretch when healthy, but they could be limited. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice.
News:Mikhail Grabovski's first goal in 18 games gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 overtime victory over Joey MacDonald and the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Islanders blew a chance to clear the puck from their zone and, after two teammates had whacks at the puck, Grabovski fired the puck in from the middle of the zone 50 seconds into overtime. The shot beat MacDonald, who was out of position after making a save. MacDonald, who 25 saves, blew a 2-1 lead in the third period when Alexei Ponikarovsky scored at 8:46.
Analysis: MacDonald is winless in three of his last four starts (1-1-2). He has allowed three or more goals in each outing. MacDonald hasn't really been sharp in net since returning from a groin injury in early February and that has allowed Yann Danis to step up as New York's top goalie. MacDonald will get his starts down the stretch, but maybe just one a week at this rate. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice. The Islanders TG isn't much better.
News:Joey MacDonald made 35 saves for the Islanders during a 7-3 rout of the Devils Saturday. MacDonald led 3-0 after one period and the closest New Jersey would get was 3-1 and 4-2. It was MacDonald's first win in three starts.
Analysis: MacDonald hasn't really been sharp in net since returning from a groin injury in early February and that has allowed Yann Danis to step up as New York's top goalie. MacDonald will get his starts down the stretch, but maybe just one a week at this rate. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice. The Islanders TG isn't much better.
News:Tim Stapleton's shootout goal in the third round past Joey MacDonald led the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Islanders tied the game with 3:07 left in regulation when Jon Sim's shot from the right circle appeared to deflect off a Maple Leafs player and over Vesa Toskala's glove. MacDonald battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits, but couldn't pull out the win in a shootout by allowing two goals. He made 29 saves in regulation and overtime.
Analysis: MacDonald has allowed 10 goals in his last two starts and is making it easy for coach Scott Gordon to turn to rookie Yann Danis in net. MacDonald is still in the mix for starts, but at this pace he is playing himself out of the competition. Continue to treat him as a low-end Fantasy option until further notice. The Islanders TG isn't much better.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald stopped 24 shots during a 6-2 loss to the Hurricanes Thursday. MacDonald never led in the game and allowed five straight goals after pulling into a 1-all tie. MacDonald has just two wins in his last 20 appearances dating back to December.
Analysis: MacDonald is battling Yann Danis for time in net down the stretch, so he has to keep the bad starts to a minimum. Until MacDonald can start reeling in the wins, he has low-end Fantasy appeal. The Islanders TG isn't much better.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 35 saves in regulation then stopped both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the shootout as New York edged the Penguins 3-2 on Monday afternoon. The win ended a six-game losing streak.
Analysis: MacDonald played well Monday, and his performance earned him the first star of the game. Whether it will earn him another start in the current goalie rotation with Yann Denis is another thing, however. Both of those guys and the Islanders TG have very little Fantasy appeal at this time, simply because their team is so poor.
News:Newsday reports Islanders coach Scott Gordon said he doesn't plan to have a goalie rotation between netminders Yann Danis and Joey MacDonald. "I'm going to look at the schedule, and I'll probably do more of a matchup thing," Gordon said. "There's no rotation or anything like that. It's going to be a feel thing. A bad or mediocre performance doesn't mean I wouldn't come back with a guy. It's going to be a situational thing."
Analysis: It's not a surprise that Gordon is going to use the hot hand when necessary as he evaluates his goalie situation heading into 2009-10. Either Danis or MacDonald will be around next season to backup a healthy Rick DiPietro, who is out for the season following knee surgery. Since there is no telling if Danis or MacDonald will start on a nightly basis, they both have low-end Fantasy appeal. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald faced 49 shots against the Devils on Wednesday, letting only three of them get past him in a 4-2 loss. That was the most shots on goal MacDonald had faced all season and he was able to block the majority of them. The loss drops MacDonald's record to 11-23-4 on the season.
Analysis: The Islanders defense clearly didn't show up in front of MacDonald on Wednesday, allowing the Devils to basically fire at will. MacDonald is currently competing with Yann Danis for starts for the Islanders and Wednesday's performance could actually give him a leg up considering how many shots he faced. However, he is only a low-end flier at the moment. The Islanders TG is also a low-end option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports with the fewest points in the NHL, the Islanders already will be playing for future jobs over their final 30 games. But an official competition is shaping up for the right to back up starting goalie Rick DiPietro next season -- a job that often entails a heavy workload because of the former All-Star's frequent trips to the injured list, including his ongoing knee issues. Joey MacDonald opened this season as DiPietro's understudy and seemingly earned a new contract for 2009-10 with solid nightly play in starting 36 of 42 games before the All-Star break. But third-stringer Yann Danis has allowed three or fewer goals in seven of his last eight starts entering Tuesday's home game against Los Angeles, and he appears to have gained the trust of head coach Scott Gordon. "One thing about Yann, I think he's taken it a step further than what Joey did," Gordon said. "Not that Joey didn't play well, but certainly, Yann, from a level of consistency, has been able to play like a guy that's a true No. 1. That's reflective of his numbers...to consistently give up less than three goals is what you expect a No. 1 guy to do, and that's the type of performance he's been able to give us."
Analysis: The Islanders don't seem ready to commit to one goalie over the other just yet, so it makes it hard on Fantasy owners to start either Danis or MacDonald. Then again, if you are forced to start an Islanders' goalie, then you are in bigger trouble than you would like to be. Consider Danis or MacDonald nothing more than a low-end Fantasy fliers until further notice. The Islanders TG also has low-end value.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made his first start since pulling his groin against the Rangers on Jan. 13, taking a 3-2 loss to the Panthers on Thursday. He made 26 saves in the game. He has not won since New Year's Eve when he beat the same Panthers team.
Analysis: Danis has been filling in for Rick DiPietro who is done for the year and MacDonald who missed six games. MacDonald will likely take back the starting job when's he is 100 percent healthy, which hopefully isn't too far away. However, he won't be much more than a No. 3 option as the Islanders are one of the worst teams in the league. The Islanders TG is obviously a low-end option.
News: Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, who has been out since Jan. 13 with a groin pull, came off injured reserve Tuesday and served as a backup to Yann Dannis against the Lightning. He missed an eighth straight start, but Newsday reports MacDonald figures to jump in net later this week when the Islanders go on a two-game road trip to Florida. "When I came back from the All-Star break, I felt a lot better," MacDonald said. "We weren't quite sure how it was going to be going down in butterflies and stuff like that. But the last couple days, I pretty much did everything you could possibly do to it, and it feels real strong."
Analysis: Danis has done an admirable job in the absence of both Rick DiPietro, who is out of the season with knee issues, and MacDonald, but likely will slide into a backup role once MacDonald is at 100 percent. The two could battle for PT the rest of the season, but MacDonald will get a chance to remain the starter since he had that role before getting injured. The Islanders aren't going to contend down the stretch, so consider MacDonald a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News:Newsday reports that Islanders G Joey MacDonald worked on the ice Monday before practice but isn't ready to test his strained groin yet.
Analysis: McDonald was expected to return the first week of February, but that is looking unlikely considering he hasn't even really tested his injury yet. Ignore him in Fantasy Week 17 (Jan. 26-Feb. 1) and maybe even the following week too.
News:Newsday reports a NHL source indicated that injured Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, who is on IR with a groin injury, is progressing faster than expected and could return the first week of February. MacDonald, who was injured Jan. 13, was originally expected to return in mid-February.
Analysis: With the news of Rick DiPietro expected to miss the rest of the season, the Islanders really could have used good news when it comes to MacDonald, who has started most of their games in net this season. MacDonald is likely to regain his starting job when healthy, but we can't expect the world from him. MacDonald is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie.
News:The Sports Xchange reports that Islanders G Joey MacDonald is expected to be out 2-to-4 weeks with his strained groin.
Analysis: MacDonald has been the Islanders' starting goalie for most of the season since Rick DiPietro has had trouble staying healthy. He has had a few bright moments, but now he's out for a while. Continue to hold on to him in deeper formats that start two goalies if you can afford to, but he's a low-end No. 3 Fantasy option at best.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald sat out of Thursday's game against the Bruins with a strained groin he suffered in Tuesday's game against the Rangers. MacDonald limped off toward the dressing room just 5:11 into the Tuesday's game and backup Yann Danis was pressed into action. Danis was up with the team to cover for the injured Rick DiPietro. The Islanders have signed Wade Dubielewicz from Russia to cover for MacDonald's absence.
Analysis: The goalie situation on the Island is pretty bad right now as they are starting their third-best option in the system with Yann Danis. There's no timetable for MacDondald's return but he may not be back before the All-Star Break. He is likely an injury risk for Fantasy Week 16 (Jan. 19-25).
News: The Islanders recalled goalie Yann Danis from Bridgeport (AHL) Tuesday to back up Joey MacDonald, and he was forced into immediate action when MacDonald limped off toward the dressing room just 5:11 into the game against the Rangers. MacDonald, who stopped all three shots he faced, was diagnosed with a strained groin. He will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Analysis: MacDonald was already filling in for the injured Rick DiPietro (knee), who missed his fourth straight game Tuesday. MacDonald has been the Islanders' starting goalie for most of the season since DiPietro has had trouble staying healthy. He had a few bright moments, but MacDonald's recent run has been dim. He remains at best a No. 3 Fantasy goalie when healthy.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 36 saves during a 5-2 loss to the Flames Thursday. MacDonald fell behind 2-0 before New York tied the game 16:03 into the second period. Then the wheels came off for MacDonald as he allowed Calgary to finish the game out with three goals. MacDonald lost his third straight start.
Analysis: MacDonald has just won once in his last 15 outings. Lucky for him is that New York is still trying to slowly work Rick DiPietro back into action after missing a good chunk of the season with injury. MacDonald should be a true backup in the weeks to come, so continue to view him as a low-end Fantasy option. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald couldn't hold a two-goal lead during Monday's 3-2 loss to the Oilers. MacDonald was solid in the first period as he stopped all seven shots he faced. New York also jumped out to a 2-0 lead. MacDonald then allowed Edmonton to tie the game in the second and surrendered the game-winning goal to Andrew Cogliano 9:58 into the third. All three goals were at even strength.
Analysis: MacDonald has just won once in his last 14 outings. Lucky for him is that New York is still trying to slowly work Rick DiPietro back into action after missing a good chunk of the season with injury. MacDonald should be a true backup in the weeks to come, so continue to view him as a low-end Fantasy option. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: The Islanders made it interesting late in the 3rd period against the Sharks on Saturday night but San Jose got the better of G Joey MacDonald in the 5-3 win. MacDonald needed to stop 46 shots against the high-scoring Sharks and stopped 42 of them but allowed one goal too many.
Analysis: MacDonald falls to 11-19-4 with the loss and the Islanders have now fallen three of the last four times out for him as the starter. The Islanders finally have Rick DiPietro back but he's an injury risk and MacDonald will still see regular starts. Still, Macdonald is a low-end flier in Fantasy. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 27 saves and allowed two goals in a 4-2 win over the Panthers on Wednesday, snapping an 11-game winless streak. It was just the second time in his past 12 games that he had allowed less than three goals in a game. It was MacDonald's 11th win of the season. He has now subbed for regular G Rick DiPietro three straight games. Macdonald was helped out by two Mike Comrie goals in the second period.
Analysis: The losing streak had to stop some time. MacDonald remains day to day with a strained groin, so MacDonald's days are numbered. However, DiPietro has been a constant injury risk this season so even when he does come back, MacDonald may not be on the bench for long. Still, Macdonald is a low-end flier in Fantasy. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald couldn't survive a four-goal outburst by the Rangers in the third period Monday and ended up with the loss in New York's 5-4 win. MacDonald, in net for the injured Rick DiPietro (groin), carried a 2-1 lead into the third before the Rangers scored twice in the first 2:08. The Islanders tied the game at 2:35 but New York scored the next two goals to take the lead for good. MacDonald made 32 saves in the loss.
Analysis: And the winless streak continues for MacDonald. He hasn't won since Nov. 29 and is winless in his last 11 outings (0-9-2). DiPietro is only day-to-day with a groin strain, but MacDonald is expected to start for the time being. He remains a low-end Fantasy flier. The Islanders TG also has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald ended up taking a 4-3 loss in a shootout Saturday against the Sabres, allowing both of the penalty shots he faced in the shootout to score. In the process, Macdonald made 34 saves. He has now lost four starts in a row and eight out of his last nine.
Analysis: With Rick DiPietro back in action this past week, MacDonald won't be starting with the same frequency he had been. At best, MacDonald is a flier option for leagues that use averages. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald allowed three goals in a 4-2 loss to the Thrashers on Tuesday. The loss was MacDonald's third straight and 7th loss in his last eight decisions. In those three games, Macdonald has allowed only eight goals.
Analysis: Once regular Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro returns, Macdonald will go back to being a backup, which is where he belongs. MacDonals is a No. 3 option at best until DiPietro comes back. After that, he'll be nothing more than a flier option. The Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald allowed only one goal against the Predators but his counterpart Pekka put up a shutout. MacDonald has lost seven straight games but this is the fewest goals he has allowed during that stretch. In fact, the second fewest he has allowed before this was three, and that was only once.
Analysis: Normal G Rick DiPietro is about a week away from returning to the Islanders lineup and that's fine by the team's fans. MacDonald has been basically awful with the exception of Saturday's performance and will undoubtedly go back to being second string when DiPietro returns. MacDonald is a stopgap option at best and the Islanders TG is a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 35 saves during a 4-1 loss to the Wild Friday. MacDonald had a 1-0 lead for most of the second period before Stephane Veilleux tied the game with less than 57 seconds left. Minnesota scored three goals in the third period to run away with the win.
Analysis: MacDonald is now winless in his last seven outings (0-6-1). He is slumping while Rick DiPietro is about a week away from returning from a knee injury. MacDonald's time as a stopgap Fantasy option is almost up, so Fantasy owners need to prepare. The Islanders TG is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald lost his sixth straight start on Tuesday night against the Capitals, 5-4. MacDonald allowed all five goals but did stop 35 shots against Washington's offense. However, it was two goals from Alex Ovechkin that caused him to lose the game.
Analysis: Ovechkin will get the better of many goalies but MacDonald has allowed 25 goals over his his 6-game losing streak. That's not good since Rick DiPietro is still injured and Yann Danis doesn't look much better. The Islanders seem to be in trouble until DiPietro can return and are probably in trouble even when the elder statesman comes back. Consider MacDonald a stopgap Fantasy option for the time being. The Islanders TG is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: G Joey MacDonald allowed three goals and had 32 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. It was a better performance by MacDonald who got rocked against Pittsburgh in his last game, allowing four goals in only 20 minutes. This was MacDonald's fifth straight losing effort.
Analysis: MacDonald has now lost five straight starts and is giving up way too many goals lately. That's not good since Rick DiPietro is still injured and Danis doesn't look much better. The Islanders seem to be in trouble until DiPietro can return and are probably in trouble even when the elder statesman comes back. Consider MacDonald a stopgap Fantasy option for the time being. The Islanders TG is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: New York Islanders G Joey MacDonald ran into a juggernaut in the Pittsburgh Penguins offense on Thursday. And Sidney Crosby didn't even score in the game. MacDonald was yanked after allowing four goals on 19 shots over 20 minutes on the ice in the 9-2 Penguins win. Yann Danis came on in relief and did not fare much better. In fact, he was worse giving up five goals on 19 shots.
Analysis: MacDonald has now lost four straight starts and is giving up way too many goals lately. That's not good since Rick DiPietro is still injured and Danis doesn't look much better. The Islanders seem to be in trouble until DiPietro can return and are probably in trouble even when the elder statesman comes back. Consider MacDonald a stopgap Fantasy option for the time being. The Islanders TG is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald stopped 33 shots during a 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs Monday. MacDonald never led in the game and allowed just one power-play score. He was in a 2-all game before Jason Blake and Jeremy Williams salted the game away. It was a third straight loss for MacDonald.
Analysis: MacDonald has lost five of his last six starts and has allowed four or more goals in each of those outings. He is falling apart here after being such a great replacement for Rick DiPietro, who still isn't expected back from knee surgery until late December. Consider MacDonald a stopgap Fantasy option for the time being. The Islanders TG is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The Thrashers took only 17 shots on net Saturday against the Islanders, but he allowed five of those shots to get past him in a 5-1 loss. It was the second straight game Macdonald has lost, in which he has given up nine goals.
Analysis: Macdonald has now lost four of his last five starts, but has started 16 straight times. His hot streak appears to be over and Rick DiPietro is creeping up behind him, almost over his hip surgery. Hold on to Macdonald as a flier goalie, but nothing more.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald took a 5-2 loss on Thursday to the Washington Capitals, giving up 4 goals but turning away 42 shots. The loss evens his record at 10-10-2.
Analysis: MacDonald has now lost 3 of 4 games, but has made 15 straight starts. His hot streak may be coming to an end and we could see DiPietro back in there pretty soon as he is almost recovered from his hip surgery. For now, hold on to MacDonald as a No. 3 or flier goalie. The Islanders' TG is a No. 3 option at best as the Islanders are at the bottom of the Atlantic Division.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald, who started his 14th straight game, stopped 19 shots for the win against the Senators on Saturday night. MacDonald allowed two goals in the 4-2 victory.
Analysis: MacDonald made good after losing two straight games before Saturday's contest. The usual backup to Rick DiPietro has played very well since taking over the top job, so don't let this little two-game losing streak worry you too much. He remains a low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie, while the Islanders TG is more of a No. 3 option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald was pulled from a 7-2 loss to the Islanders on Friday after giving up four goals on 31 shots. He is now 9-9-2 on the year.
Analysis: The move to pull MacDonald was probably more of a tactic to keep him fresh for Saturday's game vs. Ottawa than a reflection on the way he played. At 4-1, the game was pretty much over, so the Isles wanted to give MacDonald a break. The usual backup to Rick DiPietro has played very well since taking over the top job, so don't let this little two-game losing streak worry you too much. He remains a low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 Fantasy goalie, while the Islanders TG is more of a No. 3 option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald stopped 25 shots on Wednesday but could not hold an early lead over the Penguins. Pittsburgh scored four times in the 3rd period -- Evgeni Malkin had three of them -- against MacDonald as he turned a 3-1 lead into a 5-2 loss. MacDonald only allowed four goals in the game as the last came on an empty net situation.
Analysis: MacDonald's record falls to 9-8-2 on the season for the Islanders with the Wednesday loss. He had won two straight and five of his last six coming into Wednesday so he remains pretty hot for New York. He's been good enough for Fantasy owners to start thinking about starting him as a No. 2 option in all leagues that start a pair of goalies. The Islanders TG remains more of a No. 3 option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 23 saves and stopped both Montreal shootout chances as New York edged the Canadiens 4-3 after a shootout. MacDonald has now won five of his last six starts and is 9-7-2 on the season.
Analysis: Many people were worried about the Islanders once Rick DiPietro went down with an injury, but MacDonald has been one of the best NHL stories so far this season. He has only allowed more than two goals twice in his last seven starts and is starting to make Fantasy owners start thinking about starting him as a No. 2 option in all leagues that start a pair of goalies. The Islanders TG remains more of a No. 3 option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald earned a victory on Saturday night, 4-2, over the Buffalo Sabres. MacDonald stopped 35 shots and allowed just two goals against the Sabres offense. Buffalo scored on Derek Roy's shot to make it 3-2 in the 3rd period but the Islanders put the game away and secured the win over MacDonald.
Analysis: MacDonald sees his record go over .500 as he improved to 8-7-2 on the season with the win. He lost his last outing but has won four of his last five starts for the Islanders. MacDonald remains more of a No. 3 Fantasy goalie while he fills in for Rick DiPietro. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News:David Clarkson and Travis Zajac scored 10 seconds apart past Joey MacDonald late in the first period in the Devils' 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday. "It's always tough when you give up a couple of quick ones," MacDonald said. "They made two great tips. They dropped the puck and they came right down again and got another one." MacDonald made 28 saves as he allowed two power-play scores and one short-handed tally. The loss ended a three-game winning streak.
Analysis: MacDonald allowed all of six goals in his previous four games, so it's not like he has been awful in net since replacing Rick DiPietro (knee). In fact, he has won five times in November and came into Friday's game with a solid 2.08 GAA this month. MacDonald remains more of a No. 3 Fantasy goalie while he fills in for DiPietro. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News:Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, but couldn't stop Frans Nielsen in a shootout as the New York Islanders and Joey MacDonald beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Monday night for their season-best third straight victory. Nielsen scored on the first shot of the tiebreaker, and MacDonald turned aside all three Vancouver shooters -- ending the game with a poke check against Alex Burrows. MacDonald stopped 31 shots through overtime. He allowed his only goal to Pavol Demitra 49 seconds into the game.
Analysis: MacDonald has won three straight starts and hasn't allowed more than two goals in his last four outings. He is making the Islanders' faithful forget about starting goalie Rick DiPietro, who could still be a month away from returning. MacDonald remains more of a No. 3 Fantasy goalie while he fills in for DiPietro. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald was able to hold off a frantic Ottawa 3rd period rally on Saturday night to win 3-2. MacDonald was up 3-0 when he allowed Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza to score back-to-back goals. He held on and stopped 38 shots for victory.
Analysis: MacDonald improved his record to 6-6-2 on the season for the Islanders. He's won two straight and has allowed three goals over those two matchups. He has been a nice stopgap option for Rick DiPietro, but the wins are still going to be hard to come by playing for the Islanders. MacDonald remains more of a No. 3 Fantasy goalie at this time. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News:Joey MacDonald made 29 saves to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Ottawa took advantage on the power play to take an early 1-0 lead when Filip Kuba scored his first goal in 16 games on the Senators' first shot. Kuba, who leads the Senators with 14 assists, one-timed Jason Spezza's pass from the left side, driving a slap shot past MacDonald from the high slot 1:53 in. However, MacDonald made then 29 straight saves to shutout the Senators the rest of the way as New York rallied for the win.
Analysis: MacDonald made his sixth straight start for the Islanders. He has started eight of nine games since No. 1 goalie Rick DiPietro was injured. MacDonald won for just the first time in four starts Wednesday. He has been a nice stopgap option for DiPietro, but the wins are still going to be hard to come by playing for the Islanders. MacDonald remains more of a No. 3 Fantasy goalie at this time. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald allowed two goals on 31 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday afternoon. He is now winless in his last three starts.
Analysis: MacDonald picked up two wins in Fantasy Week 5 (Nov. 3-9) and Fantasy owners who took a flier on him in that period were richly rewarded. But now MacDonald is back to losing games again, and you should expect more of that this season as the Islanders are one of the worst teams in the NHL. He will hold on to the No. 1 job until Rick DiPietro (knee) returns, but he really is only worth starting in super-deep leagues as a last-ditch No. 2 Fantasy option. The Islanders TG should also not be used.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald allowed three goals but went into overtime tied at 3 against the Penguins on Saturday night. MacDonald stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime but allowed Petr Sykora to slip one by him in the shootout and the Penguins won the game 4-3.
Analysis: MacDonald's record now stands at 4-5-2 on the season. He's started four straight games and is the team's No. 1 option until Rick DiPietro can return from knee surgery. He's allowed 11 goals since taking over and is 2-1-1 in the four games. Treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option in larger leagues in the meantime. The Islanders TG is still a low-end Fantasy option.
News:Tobias Enstrom had the deciding goal with 8:31 remaining to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat Joey MacDonald and the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night. MacDonald, coming off consecutive victories, failed to hold a 3-1 lead that Frans Nielsen and Trent Hunter provided with a pair of goals in a 17-second span midway through the second period. Slava Kozlov and Jason Williams each scored in the first 1:17 of the third to force a 3-all tie before Enstrom made it 4-3 with a slap shot outside the left circle. MacDonald made 23 saves in the loss.
Analysis: MacDonald should have had his third straight win Thursday, but just lost focus after two very good periods of hockey. Whether the Islanders like it or not, MacDonald is their starting goalie until Rick DiPietro recovers from another knee surgery. Treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option in larger leagues in the meantime. The Islanders TG is still a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald kept the red-hot Rangers scoreless for two periods on Tuesday night but couldn't shut them out. Still, allowing just one goal and stopping 35 shots, the MacDonald picked up the victory against the other team from New York.
Analysis: MacDonald improves his record to 4-4-1 on the season. He's currently subbing for injured goalie Rick DiPietro and has assumed the starting job for the time being with DiPietro out 4-to-6 weeks following knee surgery. He's now won two straight games since taking over and they have come against two very good teams. MacDonald remains a viable stopgap Fantasy option and the Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald blew a three-goal lead Monday against the Blue Jackets, but was bailed out in overtime by a Chris Campoli goal during a 4-3 win. MacDonald, subbing for injured Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro (knee), was on track for his first NHL shutout, but those hopes were dashed when Marc Methot scored and R.J. Umberger followed 1:12 later in the first five minutes of the third. Umberger then tied the game with a wrist shot at 11:02 of the third period. MacDonald, who also had an assist in the game, made 31 saves in the win.
Analysis: MacDonald has assumed the role of Islanders' starting goalie with DiPietro out 4-6 weeks following knee surgery. MacDonald desperately needed a win after going winless in his previous three starts. The fact he almost blew a big lead didn't help his cause, but rookie Yann Denis is not a serious threat so MacDonald remains a viable stopgap Fantasy option. The Islanders TG is also a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald, who replaced Rick DiPietro in the net for the second straight game, stopped 25 shots during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers Thursday. Jeff Carter hammered in a rebound from the front of the left circle on a power play with 24 seconds left in the extra session. Mike Richards took the initial shot.
Analysis: MacDonald has now lost his last three outings and has dropped to 2-5-0. Despite some subpar outings, MacDonald will remain in net as long as DiPietro is out with a lower-body injury. He is on IR, but remains just day to day. Continue to treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option. The Islanders TG remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald started for the first time since Oct. 16 Monday against the Rangers since Rick DiPietro was out again with an undisclosed injury. MacDonald made 35 saves in a 4-2 loss. The Rangers scored just 1:15 into the game and took the lead for good on a Ryan Callahan goal 16:16 into the second. MacDonald is now 2-4-0.
Analysis: MacDonald started for DiPietro to begin the season after DiPietro was slow to recover from offseason surgery on his knee and hips. He is dealing with an unrelated lower body injury at this time and the Islanders don't have a timetable for his return. Therefore, MacDonald could once again see a few starts. Continue to treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option. The Islanders TG remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The Islanders fell, 4-3, to Carolina on Saturday and needed two goalies to pick up the loss. Rick DiPietro started in goal and stopped 10 shots before being pulled for Joey MacDonald to start the second period. MacDonald took the loss while stopping 14 shots.
Analysis: MacDonald has been starting over Dipietro as he's been working his way back from offseason knee surgery. Neither looked very good on Saturday. Continue to treat MacDonald as a stopgap for Dipietro until the former starter gets more consistent in the nets. The Islanders TG remains a low-end option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald started his fourth consecutive game in place of Rick DiPietro (knee) during Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against the Lightning. MacDonald could not hold a 2-0 lead in the third period, but was bailed out when Trent Hunter scored the game winner 51 seconds into the extra frame. MacDonald made 33 saves in the win.
Analysis: MacDonald was able to rebound Thursday after allowing seven goals in a loss to Buffalo Monday. He continues to start in place of DiPietro, who is working his way back from offseason knee surgery. Treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option in deeper leagues until DiPietro is back in net full time. The Islanders TG remains a low-end option.
News:Joey MacDonald started his third consecutive game for the Islanders on Monday against the Sabres as top goalie Rick DiPietro (knee) was again on the bench as the backup. However, it didn't go all that well as MacDonald stopped 28 shots in a 7-1 loss. MacDonald allowed just one first-period goal before Buffalo exploded for four scores in the second. Outside of an injury, Islanders coach Scott Gordon was not pulling MacDonald. "I can tell you right now, I'm not a strong believer in pulling our goalie to change momentum," Gordon said. "I don't want them looking over their shoulder to the bench. It's a way for Joey to find a way to battle, whatever the situation."
Analysis: MacDonald actually looked pretty good in his first two starts with a 1-1-0 record and 2.00 GAA. But he fell apart Monday and now might be the opportune time for New York to bring back DiPietro, who is working his way back from offseason knee surgery. Treat MacDonald as a stopgap Fantasy option in deeper leagues until DiPietro is back in net full time. The Islanders TG remains a low-end option.
News: Islanders backup goalie Joey MacDonald made the early offense stand up Saturday night in the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. With No. 1 netminder Rick DiPietro watching from the bench as the backup for the second straight night as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery, MacDonald made 24 saves. MacDonald was sharp again, as he was in New York's 2-1 loss Friday at New Jersey when he made 27 saves but was outdueled by Martin Brodeur. In just his 19th NHL game, MacDonald made two fine saves against Andy MacDonald and denied Keith Tkachuk's breakaway chance in the second period, eliciting chants of "Jo-ey, Jo-ey." Other than that, he wasn't heavily tested as St. Louis managed only six shots in each of the first two periods. He improved to 4-9-3 in the NHL.
Analysis: MacDonald is only a temporary fix for New York until DiPietro is back on his feet. Continue to treat MacDonald as nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Islanders TG remains a low-end option as well.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald got the start in net Friday against the Devils over starter Rick DiPietro, who had only played in one preseason game while working his way back from knee surgery. MacDonald made 27 saves in a 2-1 loss. Patrik Elias provided the game-winning goal 29 seconds into the second period on a bang-bang play in front of the net. Brian Gionta sent a pass across the crease that Elias nudged toward MacDonald while the two bumped. The rebound lay in the crease for a second and that's all Elias needed to find it and backhand it into the net.
Analysis: MacDonald did a pretty good job in net Friday against the Devils and might have earned himself a few more starts so the Islanders can rest DiPietro. MacDonald is only a temporary fix for New York until DiPietro is back on his feet. Continue to treat MacDonald as nothing more than a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Islanders TG remains a low-end option as well.
News:The Sports Xchange reports there wasn't much golf for Rick DiPietro this summer. Not much skating, either. Not after undergoing his second hip surgery (one on each side) in as many years late last season, and also a clean-up procedure on his left knee early this summer. The All-Star goaltender is pushing hard to be fully rehabbed by the Islanders' season opener against New Jersey, but there is no guarantee the team's most important player -- by far -- will be ready in time. "I'm not so worried about being 100 percent for training camp, I'm more worried about being ready October 10," DiPietro told Newsday. "I'm really optimistic and hell bent on being there for the first game (against the Devils)."
Analysis: With 13 seasons remaining on his landmark contract, DiPietro undoubtedly is being counted on as the face of the franchise for years to come, assuming he can stay on the ice. He also missed significant time late in the 2006-07 season with concussions. The Islanders have contemplated lessening his workload this season, but unproven Joey MacDonald is slated to replace departed Wade Dubielewicz as Dipietro's understudy under first-year coach and former goalie Scott Gordon. "I've said it before, but I want to play every game," DiPietro said. "We'll see what they have in store, but all I can control is trying to play well and force their hand." MacDonald last played in the NHL in 2006-07 with Boston and Detroit. He was 3-7-0 with a 3.12 GAA and .894 save percentage. It's no wonder New York needs DiPietro healthy. MacDonald remains nothing more than a handcuff Fantasy option for DiPietro owners.
News:Zach Parise deflected in Johnny Oduya's shot 29 seconds into overtime for the Devils, who clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Parise won it with the Devils' 47th shot at third-string goalie Joey MacDonald. "He was great," Devils G Martin Brodeur said of MacDonald. "He didn't give up many rebounds. He didn't go out of the net too much. He controlled his own game very well. It's tough when you play that well and face that many shots and lose, but it's good for us." MacDonald finished with 45 saves.
Analysis: MacDonald looked solid in making just his second NHL appearance of the season. He got the call over Wade Dubielewicz, the No. 1 backup for injured starter Rick DiPietro, who is expected to play both ends of a season-ending home-and-home series against the New York Rangers on Thursday and Friday. MacDonald likely won't have a starting job in 2008-09 and can be ignored in all Fantasy formats at this time. The Islanders TG remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Islanders G Joey MacDonald made 22 saves Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers, his first appearance of the 2007-2008 season. MacDonald was called up Tuesday to replace the injured Rick DiPietro.
Analysis: MacDonald will back up Wade Dubielewicz for the rest of the season and isn't worth worrying about, especially as he plays for the sorry Islanders. The Islanders TG should also be ignored until next season.
News: Bruins G Joey MacDonald stopped 37 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Thrashers Saturday. He now has two losses in his last six appearances.
Analysis: MacDonald has been in net for the Bruins last four games. He made three starts during that stretch. Despite getting more PT, he is just a low-end Fantasy option in the deepest of leagues at this time.
News: Joey MacDonald allowed two goals on Tuesday in Ottawa, as he picked up a win in a rare start.
Analysis: MacDonald was rewarded for a strong effort over the weekend and it paid off for the Bruins. Look for him to see another game in the crease on Thursday against Pittsburgh.
News: Bruins G Joey MacDonald stopped 35 shots on Saturday against the Rangers in a 2-1 shootout loss, just a week after he was called in to relieve Tim Thomas against the Rangers and allowed four goals on 11 shots before Thomas had to come back in to finish the game. Boston lost that game 7-0 to start a four-game losing streak. MacDonald has made just three starts and four appearances for Boston since being claimed off waivers from Detroit in February.
Analysis: Thomas continues to get the bulk of starts in Boston, leaving MacDonald only useful in leagues that use averages as a scoring system.
News: Bruins G Tim Thomas gave up three goals on 15 shots before being yanked during Saturday's 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers. His replacement, Joey MacDonald, finished with seven saves on 11 shots and gave way to Thomas in the third.
Analysis: Thomas had won his previous two starts before Saturday's game. He remains a solid No. 2 Fantasy goalie, whereas MacDonald should only be used in the largest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Joey MacDonald had 25 saves for the Bruins in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers Saturday. MacDonald had been a backup in five of six previous games since being claimed off waivers from Detroit on Feb. 24. The Flyers shelled him for 33 shots when they beat the Red Wings, 6-1, on Feb. 12.
Analysis: The 27-year-old MacDonald was 1-5-1 with Detroit before being released. He is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period.
News: Joey MacDonald stopped 26 shots in his first career start with Boston and the Bruins inched a little closer to a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. "Timmy has been playing unbelievable," MacDonald said after giving Thomas his first night off since Jan. 20. "I just have to come in and make sure the team has a chance to win."
Analysis: Acquired on waivers from Detroit on Feb. 24, MacDonald was on top of his game right away in his ninth career start. The 27-year-old, who was 1-5-1 with Detroit before being released. He is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period.
News: The Bruins claimed goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers from Detroit on Saturday.
Analysis: MacDonald was 1-5-1 with the Red Wings this season. He mostly filled in when Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood were out with injuries. He could serve as Tim Thomas' backup in Boston, but that probably will still be Hannu Toivonen's job. Only use MacDonald in larger leagues if he becomes the team's backup.
News: Joey MacDonald allowed six goals on 33 shots in Monday's game at Philadelphia, as he got another start in place of the injured Dominik Hasek (wrist) and Chris Osgood (finger).
Analysis: MacDonald might be back to the bench, as Hasek missed what was supposed to be his second of two games. He might remain a decent play in larger Fantasy leagues for Wednesday's game at Dallas if Hasek is not ready, but coach Mike Babcock might also give Jimmy Howard a look.
News: Joey MacDonald allowed four goals on 20 shots in Sunday's game against the Flames, but it was good enough to pick up his first NHL win. He was getting the start with Dominik Hasek (wrist) and Chris Osgood (finger) out of the lineup.
Analysis: MacDonald might have some short-term Fantasy appeal in the largest of Fantasy leagues which average points per game in a scoring period, as he is expected to start Monday's game at Philadelphia.
News: Backup goalie Joey MacDonald started his fifth game of the season for the Red Wings, who gave Dominik Hasek the night off. MacDonald last started Jan. 20 in a 3-1 loss to Colorado and has yet to win in the NHL.
Analysis: MacDonald rarely gets a start and is not worth using in any Fantasy league despite this solid effort.
News: Red Wings G Joey MacDonald got the start on Saturday against the Avalanche allowing two goals on 30 shots in a 3-1 loss.
Analysis: MacDonald continues to get very few chances to start and is still not a recommended Fantasy option.
News: Red Wings G Joey MacDonald got the start on Saturday against the Sharks allowing three goals on 35 shots in a loss.
Analysis: MacDonald is not a recommended Fantasy option, especially when Chris Osgood returns to backup Dominik Hasek.
News: Red Wings G Joey MacDonald was not sharp on Saturday allowing six goals on 27 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Predators.
Analysis: MacDonald is not a recommended Fantasy option, especially when Chris Osgood returns to backup Dominik Hasek.
News: Chris Osgood allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period of Thursday's game at San Jose before being pulled. Joey MacDonald allowed two goals on 15 shots in his NHL debut.
Analysis: MacDonald serves as the backup to Osgood when Dominik Hasek gets a rest. The team does not want Hasek sitting on the bench to avoid possibly having his groin tighten up.
News: Joey MacDonald has made the Red Wings out of training camp as the third goaltender. "If one of the other goalies gets hurt, we feel Joey can come in and play well," general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit News.
Analysis: MacDonald is not someone to consider in Fantasy leagues, even if Dominik Hasek or Chris Osgood suffer an injury. The goaltender of the future, Jimmy Howard, is still likely the No. 3 goaltender on the organizational depth chart despite this move. It was simply done because MacDonald does not have any options and the team did not want to risk losing him to waivers.
News: The Red Wings recalled MacDonald from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Tuesday, according to the Detroit News.
Analysis: MacDonald will serve as Curtis Joseph's backup while Dominik Hasek and Manny Legace are battling injuries.