Blackhawks' Crawford Back In For Game 3
, G, CHI
News: Corey Crawford
will be back in the crease for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Wild, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After delivering victories for the Blackhawks in the first two games of the series, Corey Crawford
will unsurprisingly remain in the crease as his team looks to extend its playoff winning streak against the Wild to nine games. Should he struggle as the series shifts to Minnesota, Crawford probably would still have to worry about getting replaced by Scott Darling as the Blackhawks' primary netminder, but for now, coach Joel Quenneville will ride Crawford while he's playing well.
News: Braden Holtby
denied all 30 shots in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Braden Holtby
has been stellar this postseason as he's posted a .948 save percentage in nine games and he's kept getting better as he's now at .958 in the second round. The offense in front of him was only able to muster one goal, so the shutout was crucial to preserve the win and grab the series lead. The Caps will likely need another big performance out of Holtby to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Wednesday's Game 4.
News: Henrik Lundqvist
turned aside 21 of 22 shots but was on the losing end of Monday's Game 3 against the Capitals.
Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist
had another strong outing, but his mates couldn't find the back of the net as they were dealt the loss despite the King's fifth one-goal game of the playoffs. The one goal that did find it's way in came off a deflection from behind the net, but the Rangers will lean on Lundqvist to be just as solid again if they want to tie up the series in Wednesday's Game 4.
Flames' Ramo To Start Game 3
, G, CGY
News: Karri Ramo
will remain in goal for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Analysis: Karri Ramo
replaced Jonas Hiller as the Flames' starter in Game 2, stopping 31 of 33 shots in the loss. Although the Flames find themselves down 2-0 in the series, Ramo's strong performance in defeat Sunday will allow him to pick up another turn in net. Coach Bob Hartley has shown an inclination to ride the hot goalie this season, and it doesn't look like he'll plan on changing those tendencies anytime soon.
News: Frederik Andersen
stopped all 30 shots he's faced in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Flames.
Analysis: Frederik Andersen
is having a fantastic start to the second round, stopping 53 of 54 shots through two games. While he's been rock-solid, Anaheim has erupted for nine goals in Round 2, relieving some of the pressure off the 25-year-old. With a whopping .930 save percentage in the playoffs, expect Andersen to continue his strong play as the Ducks look to eliminate the Flames and move on to the Western Conference Final.
Wild's Dubnyk Saves 27 In Loss
, G, MIN
News: Devan Dubnyk
stopped 27 of 30 shots in Sunday's Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Devan Dubnyk
is not solely to blame for the loss as the offense in front of him mustered just one goal, but he's now allowed seven goals in the two games against the Blackhawks. While he had some great outings against the Blues in the first round, Dubnyk's playoff production overall hasn't been able to match his stellar regular season as he's sporting a .906 save percentage compared to his .936 mark after joining the Wild.
Bishop Stops 27 In Tampa Game 2 Win
, G, TB
News: Ben Bishop
made 27 saves in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Canadiens.
He was busy enough, but the Habs were stunningly undisciplined, spending far too many minutes in the penalty box. Their lines were a bit of patchwork quilt because of it, so they never really got in a groove agains Big Ben. The Bolts now return to Tampa Bay with a 2-0 series lead.
Habs' Price Allows Six In Defeat
, G, MON
News: Carey Price
allowed six goals on 24 shots in Sunday's Game 2 loss to the Lightning.
Easily the worst outing of the playoffs for Carey Price
, as he had mostly carried his brilliant regular season into the postseason to this point. The Bolts have given him fits all season long as he's 0-5-2 with 24 goals allowed in seven starts, but he'll need to figure out it quickly to keep Montreal in the series.
News: Andrew Hammond
has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2014-15 season, the Ottawa Citzen reports. The Masterton trophy is awarded to the player who represents sportsmanship, perseverance, and a dedication to hockey. Hammond is now the third Ottawa Senator nominated for an NHL player trophy this year joining teammates Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson.
Analysis: Andrew Hammond
's miracle worker performance this year made the obscure goaltender into a household name. The Hamburglar's 14-1-1 regular season run vaulted the Senators into the playoffs, bumping out the perennial favorite Bruins. Hammond's disappearance from the playoffs in Game 3 versus Montreal does not diminish the young goaltender's growth and accomplishments as reinforced by the Masterton nomination. All signs point toward the free agent becoming a number one goalie for either the Senators or a team eager to have a proven workhorse goalie on their roster.
News: Jason LaBarbera
will be the backup goalie Sunday against the Flames for Game 2, the Orange County Register reports.
Teammate John Gibson will miss the game with the flu, and Frederick Andersen will get the start. Andersen seems firmly established as the starter at this time, which really limits any fantasy value for Jason LaBarbera