Zatkoff Set To Serve As Pens' Postseason Backup
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News: Jeff Zatkoff
will serve as Pittsburgh's backup goalie in the playoffs, the Penguins' website reports.
Pens coach Dan Bylsma said that, while Tomas Vokoun will work with the team, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff
would get the bulk of practice time.
Bylsma Declares Jeff Zatkoff Pens' Backup Goalie
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Jeff Zatkoff is expected to serve as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup in the playoffs, according to the Penguins' website.
Analysis: Tomas Vokoun
will continue to work with the team in practices and optional skates, but the bulk of practice work in the postseason will go to Fleury and Zatkoff. Of course, things have a way of playing out and it wouldn't be surprising to see Vokoun back in the mix at some point.
News: Darcy Kuemper
(upper body) practiced Tuesday for the first time since March 31, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Since Darcy Kuemper
's had been off the ice for over two weeks, it's probably more likely than not that John Curry will get the call to back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 1. However, even once healthy, Kuemper may be the second goalie on the Wild's depth chart, considering the way Bryzgalov played at the end of the regular season.
News: Jeremy Smith
was recalled from AHL Springfield on Tuesday.
Analysis: Jeremy Smith
will be on hand as the third goalie for the Blue Jackets, but isn't expected to see any ice time during the playoffs.
Bolts' Bishop Out For Game 1
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News: Ben Bishop
(elbow) will not be available for Game 1 of the Lightning's series with the Canadiens, beginning Wednesday.
After failing to practice Tuesday, Ben Bishop
will cede at least the first start of the series to backup Anders Lindback. His availability for the remainder of the series is up in the air.
Ducks' Hiller On The Outs As Starting Goalie?
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News: Jonas Hiller
appears to have been passed on the Ducks' depth chart by rookie Frederik Andersen, who is expected to start Game 1 against the Kings, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Andersen enters the playoffs with wins in five of his last six regular season starts, while Jonas Hiller
has been abysmal since the Ducks' outdoors game against the Kings back in January. He's gone 5-7-2 since that time, and his struggles prompted coach Bruce Boudreau to choose another rookie goalie in John Gibson to make the final two turns on the Ducks' regular season schedule. Hiller's 20 games of playoff experience probably aren't enough to make up for Andersen's dramatically better play down the stretch.
All signs point to Frederik Andersen
getting the start for Game 1 of the Ducks' series with the Kings, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Although coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't address which of his three goalies would get the nod for Game 1, Frederik Andersen
looks like the top choice due to his strong finish to the season. He won five of his final six starts while going 20-5 on the campaign, leading all rookie netminders in wins. Andersen has been first off the ice for the last two practices and looks to have taken a leap over Jonas Hiller on the depth chart.
Niemi Unsure If He Starts For Sharks
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News: Antti Niemi
is not yet sure who will be between the pipes for the Sharks in Game 1 of their series with the Kings, according to CSN Bay Area.
It's not just us that coach Todd McLellan is keeping his starter a secret from it appears. Neither Antti Niemi
or Alex Stalock have been notified of a start and no one expects to know until Thursday after morning skate.
Bolts' Lindback Expected To Get Nod For Game 1
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News: Anders Lindback
is expected to receive the start Wednesday for Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round series with the Canadiens, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Ben Bishop (upper body) was absent once again from Tuesday's practice, suggesting the Lightning will prepare to proceed with Anders Lindback
as their primary goalie to open the playoffs. Lindback has historically provided mediocre numbers in goal during his time at the NHL level, but he may have restored some confidence during his three-game run as starter over the final week of the regular season. He earned the NHL's First Star honors for the week by picking up wins in all three contests, surrendering just two goals during that time and clinching home ice in the first round for the Bolts in the process.
News: Mark Visentin
was reassigned to AHL Portland on Tuesday.
With the Coyotes' season now complete, the team will reassign some of their younger players to the minors to log further action. Mark Visentin
made one start for the Coyotes after the team was eliminated from playoff contention, stopping 29 of 32 shots in a loss to the Sharks on Saturday.