Sens' Anderson Still Not Ready To Play
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News: Craig Anderson
(hand) will not be available for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Craig Anderson
seemed to be trending toward a return by facing a number of shots during practices the last few days, but there's still no clear timetable for when he might be able to play. While the lack of clarity regarding Anderson's return date is undoubtedly an annoyance for fantasy owners, the Senators have done just fine without him. In the absence of Anderson and No. 2 goalie Robin Lehner (concussion), the Senators have stumbled into a hot goalie in Andrew Hammond, who has won four straight starts while posting a 0.75 GAA.
News: Andrew Hammond
will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Sharks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Andrew Hammond
has been the story of the NHL since taking over as the Senators' No. 1 goalie just over a week ago. After posting middling numbers at AHL Binghamton, Hammond has won his first four NHL starts, posting a 0.75 GAA and .976 save percentage. The matches haven't come against the dregs of the league either; he's posted shutouts his last two times out on the road against the Ducks and Kings. He'll try to continue his California dominance against the struggling Sharks, who will counter with Antti Niemi in goal.
Carolina's Ward To Get Nod Saturday
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News: Cam Ward
will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
The Hurricanes elected to rest Cam Ward
on Friday against the Capitals so he could be honored in a pregame ceremony for his 500th career appearance in the NHL, which he made in Tuesday's win over the Flyers. Though Anton Khudobin spun his first shutout of the season in Friday's win, Ward won't be bypassed for a start, as he's been quite excellent in his own right of late. Ward has won his last three starts while conceding a total of five goals, though none of the teams he faced during that stretch were as strong as the squad he'll match up with Saturday.
Isles Tap Johnson For Saturday Start
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News: Chad Johnson
will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes.
After Jaroslav Halak received the nod a night earlier against Calgary, Chad Johnson
will draw the cushier matchup of the back-to-back against the Hurricanes, who sport the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. After struggling for much of the earlier portion of the season during his spot starts, Johnson has righted the ship in February. In his four turns this month, he's gone 2-1-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .953 save percentage.
Rangers' Talbot: 30 Saves In Loss
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News: Cam Talbot
made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night. He allowed three goals.
It's just his first regulation loss in his last 10 starts, a span where he has gone 7-1-2. He's held the fort well while Henrik Lundqvist has been on the shelf. Continue to roll him.
Flyers' Mason Makes 34 Saves In Win
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News: Steve Mason
made 34 saves in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
It was his first start since returning from injury, although he was pressed into action Thursday in relief. Get him back in your blue paint if you regularly rely on him.
News: Jonathan Bernier
allowed three goals on 22 shots in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Canadiens.
One of those goals had the distinct stink of Limburger cheese; unfortunately, it stood as the winner. There are several reports of teams scouting Jonathan Bernier
in advance of Monday's trade deadline, so we don't even know if he'll still be in blue and white by the beginning of the week.
Habs' Price Is Right In Shutout Win
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News: Carey Price
made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season in Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Maple Leafs.
He has 12 wins in 14 starts since the All-Star break. Can you spell Hart Trophy? You know what to do.
News: Semyon Varlamov
will get the start Saturday against the Wild.
He gave up four goals on 36 shots but escaped with a win in Friday's game against the Stars. Semyon Varlamov
has now won three of his last four games despite giving up 13 goals over that span, so there are reasons to be cautious about relying on the Avs' goalkeeper in daily formats.
News: Curtis McElhinney
made 17 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Devils on Saturday night. He allowed just one goal.
He got no support from his mates, who peppered Cory Schneider with pucks, but just couldn't solve him. Sergei Bobrovsky is back from the IR, so expect Curtis McElhinney
to be picking splinters out of his pants starting immediately.