Islanders' Nilsson Start Monday Vs. Ducks
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News: Anders Nilsson
will start between the pipes Monday against the Ducks.
Analysis: Anders Nilsson
gets the nod for a fourth time in five games, despite losing each of the first three contests. The Islanders are struggling on defense, and their goaltenders aren't doing much to alleviate the issues.
News: Corey Crawford
(lower body) did not travel to Dallas for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While his injury isn't thought to be serious, Corey Crawford
will reportedly miss a minimum of one game. The Blackhawks evaluated their top goaltender Monday but failed to provide any information beyond ruling Crawford out for Tuesday. Kent Simpson was called up from the AHL on Monday, while Antii Raanta figures to get the nod against Dallas.
Ducks' Hiller Stops 35 In Win
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News: Jonas Hiller
stopped 35 of 37 shots on goal during a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Monday.
Analysis: Jonas Hiller
has looked good recently, with a combined save percentage of .939 over the course of his last four games. He'll need to keep it up to continue holding off rookie Frederik Andersen, who threatens to steal Hiller's starts if the veteran stumbles.
Isles' Nabokov Expected To Be Ready Thursday
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News: Evgeni Nabokov
(groin) is expected to join the team and possibly start Thursday versus Phoenix, according to Newsday.
It's unlikely that Evgeni Nabokov
will cure the Isles' woes, as he wasn't playing all that well before the injury, but he can certainly do no worse than Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson.
Hurricanes' Peters Loses Despite Strong Game
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News: Justin Peters
made 24 saves on 25 shots, but took the loss Monday versus the Canucks.
Analysis: Justin Peters
got a tough break here, as Eddie Lack blanked his team. His overall numbers have been good this season, but remains the backup as long as Cam Ward is healthy. Further, Peters will also have to contend with the potential return of Anton Khudobin to the mix.
Canucks' Lack Collects First NHL Shutout
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News: Eddie Lack
stopped all 31 shots he faced in a shutout win over the Hurricanes on Monday.
This was Eddie Lack
's first NHL shutout, and it came in his sixth NHL start. He's been a good backup, even if his appearances have been limited.
News: Curtis McElhinney
made 28 saves on 30 shots in a loss to the Penguins on Monday.
Analysis: Curtis McElhinney
is getting more playing time with Sergei Bobrovsky out injured. He has been good so far this year, but has a career .903 save percentage, so it doesn't seem likely he'll maintain this pace.
Sens' Anderson Lets In Four, But Wins
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News: Craig Anderson
made 25 saves on 29 shots in a shootout win over the Flyers on Monday.
Analysis: Craig Anderson
got the win, but it was another poor start in what's been a disappointing season. Robin Lehner has outplayed him easily, and that could limit Anderson's starts going forward.
Flyers' Mason Lets In Four In Loss
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News: Steve Mason
gave up four goals on 34 shots in a shootout loss to the Senators on Monday.
Analysis: Steve Mason
has let in four goals in each of his last two games, but his overall numbers are fine, as he still has a strong .927 save percentage and 2.33 GAA on the year.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury
stopped 32 of 33 shots Monday against the Blue Jackets, carrying a shutout into the the final minute of the third period.
He may have lost his concentration on the late goal after nearly scoring a goal of his own moments earlier. With the win, Marc-Andre Fleury
improved to 17-8-1, giving him a share of the NHL lead in goaltending wins; Corey Crawford also has 17.