Sharks' Niemi Likely Starting Saturday
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News: Antti Niemi
is expected to start Saturday's game against the Canadiens, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi
has struggled lately, posting an .887 save percentage over his last five games. While it's something to keep in mind, the Finnish netminder has a long history of success and figures to get back on track sooner rather than later.
News: Jaroslav Halak
will start Saturday's game against the Coyotes, CSN Washington's Rob Carlin reports.
As expected, Jaroslav Halak
will make his Caps debut against the Coyotes, in a matchup between two teams grinding for wild-card spots in their respective conferences. The Slovak netminder posted a 24-9-4 record, 2.23 GAA and .917 save percentage in 40 games (38 starts) behind the stout St. Louis defense this season. He'll have a tough time maintaining those numbers behind a shaky Washington blue line that has struggled on the PK all season. It's still unclear how the playing time will be divided between Halak and Braden Holtby, but a timeshare would make sense.
News: Henrik Lundqvist
stopped 22 of 24 shots during the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Friday.
Considering the amount of work Lunqvist had to put in for this one, he really wasn't as sharp as he has normally been. He gave up a late goal in the first and then one in the third before a late rally by the offense put the game away. In his defense, it was his fourth-straight start since returning from Sochi and his first win in that span.
News: Anders Nilsson
will start Friday's game against the Calgary Flames.
With Evgeni Nabokov getting the start Thursday, Anders Nilsson
always figured to handle the second game of the Isles' back-to-back. The Swedish goaltender played well in his last start but owns ugly numbers -- 2-3-2, 3.44 GAA, .888 save percentage -- for the season.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury
is expected to start Friday's game against the Ducks, NHL.com reports.
Jeff Zatkoff got the nod in the first game of the Penguins' back-to-back on Thursday, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury
as the probable starter for Friday. The Quebecois netminder has been shaky since the Olympic break, but it's hard to sit him given how frequently he wins.
News: Semyon Varlamov
will start Saturday's game against the Blues, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Semyon Varlamov
is having a fine year and has played well recently, but the Avalanche have struggled against the Blues this season, getting outscored 11-4 in a pair of losses.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky
will start Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com's Rob Mixer reports.
Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky
was pulled from his last start after allowing four goals on 18 shots to the Blackhawks, but the Russian netminder put together a nice run prior to Thursday's disastrous outing.
News: Craig Anderson
will start Saturday's game in Winnipeg.
Analysis: Craig Anderson
will start for the fourth game in a row, after surrendering four goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Flames. The Sens haven't been playing well lately, but the same is true of Saturday's opponent in Winnipeg.
News: Evgeni Nabokov
allowed three goals on 29 shots in Thursday's overtime loss to Edmonton.
He did well to get the game to overtime, only to see Taylor Hall end things halfway through the extra frame. Nabby has won just two of his last 11 starts and hasn't so much as posted a .900-save mark in a game since his Feb. 4 shutout of Washington.
Scrivens, Oilers Triumph In Overtime
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News: Ben Scrivens
overcame two first-period goals, made 32 saves and ended up with a 3-2 victory Thursday against the Islanders.
Analysis: Ben Scrivens
continues to post unimpeachable results since joining the Oilers. He may be on his third organization in two seasons, but if he keeps putting up anything resembling his current stats, he may be in Edmonton for the long haul.