News: Ondrej Pavelec
will start between the pipes against the Blues on Sunday, Brian Munz of TSN reports.
Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec
continues to see nearly all of the starts in net for the Jets despite allowing four goals on 27 shots Thursday against the Red Wings. He enters Sunday's matchup with a 7-7-2 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.25 GAA over 18 games.
Blues' Allen Starting Sunday
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News: Jake Allen
will start in net against the Jets on Sunday, Brian Munz of TSN reports.
Analysis: Jake Allen
allowed four goals on 30 shots Thursday against Montreal, ending his four-game winning streak. He will get a chance to start a new streak Sunday, facing the Jets in Winnipeg.
Avs' Pickard Makes 17 Saves For First NHL Win
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News: Calvin Pickard
stopped all 17 of the shots he faced for his first NHL win Saturday against Carolina.
Pikcard didn't start Saturday's game, but was called upon in the first period after starter Reto Berra was pulled. Berra gave up three goals on 10 shots, but Calvin Pickard
was able to step in and help the team comeback to defeat the Canes. With the way Berra has struggled this season, there is a chance Pickard could stick with the Avalanche once starter Semyon Varlamov (groin) returns from injury. The 22-year-old youngster is 1-2-0 this season with a respectable .913 save percentage and 2.66 GAA.
Stars' Lehtonen Holds Off Kings For Win
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News: Kari Lehtonen
was bombarded for 41 shots on goal Saturday against the Kings, but stopped 37 of them to escape with the victory.
Staked to a 4-0 lead early in the second period, Kari Lehtonen
nearly gave it all away before shutting out the Kings over final 9:16. Though Lehtonen was able to bring his record to three games over .500 with the victory, the Stars seem to be winning in spite of him than because of him. The netminder ranks 33rd among qualifying goalies in GAA (2.98) and 31st in save percentage (.906).
Flyers' Mason Holds Jackets To Two Goals In Win
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News: Steve Mason
claimed his fourth win of the season Saturday, holding the Blue Jackets to two goals on 22 shot attempts.
Analysis: Steve Mason
referred to the outing as the Flyers' best all-around effort of the season, as the team never trailed at any point and delivered sound play at both ends of the ice. The 22 shots represented the fewest amount that Mason had faced in his 11 full games this season.
News: Jaroslav Halak
notched his sixth victory in a row and ninth overall on the season Saturday against the Penguins, stopping 27 of 28 shots in the 4-1 win.
Analysis: Jaroslav Halak
's winning streak looked to be in jeopardy heading into the final period with the two teams deadlocked at 1-1, but the Isles' attack heated up thereafter, scoring three unanswered goals to pull away. The netminder's season numbers aren't quite elite, but he's starting to look like a highly dependable fantasy option behind an improved Islanders squad.
News: Thomas Greiss
took the loss Saturday against the Islanders, yielding four goals on 35 shots.
Called upon to relieve Marc-Andre Fleury for the back end of a home-and-home set with the Islanders, Thomas Greiss
was able to keep his team in the game for the first 40 minutes, but came unhinged in the third period. He allowed the Islanders to pot three unanswered goals, effectively turning a close game into a blowout. Saturday's outing was only the fourth of the season for Greiss, who doesn't figure to see much consistent action behind Fleury.
News: Nathan Lieuwen
was sent back to AHL Rochester on Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Nathan Lieuwen
was called up after Michael Neuvirth went on the disabled list so since Lieuwen is being sent back to Rochester it likely means Neuvirth is healthy again. In the AHL this season, the 23-year-old goalie has compiled a 3-4 record in 10 appearances.
Wings' Howard Folds On Saturday
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News: Jimmy Howard
surrendered three goals on 27 shot attempts in Saturday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
A couple of egregious turnovers by his defense proved costly to Jimmy Howard
, who saw his record dip to 8-4-4 with the defeat. The netminder probably deserves some leeway for the poor outing, as he's otherwise been dazzling with a 2.03 GAA and .922 save percentage over 16 outings.
Coyotes' Smith To Start Sunday
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News: Mike Smith
will the starting goalie Sunday against the Ducks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Mike Smith
has been outplayed by backup Devan Dubnyk this season, and although there is no sign of an imminent goalie controversy it is not sustainable for Smith to perform this poorly without losing playing time. He already seems to be losing the trust of coach Dave Tippett, who turned to Dubnyk for the start in three of the Coyotes' previous five games.