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THE GOALIE EDGE: 11/12/2013

Posted by ray on Tue, 2013-11-12 14:28


ALL GOALIES CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT

The NHL’s top team rolls into sunny Florida, as the Anaheim Ducks will face a Panthers squad who are losers of their last 8 games. Frederik Andersen, the Great Dane Goaltender, has been stellar while Tim Thomas has not been at his best since returning from a leg injury. In those two starts for Florida, he posted a 3.56 GAA and .881 SP. OUCH! Andersen continues his magical season… After having his three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Colorado, Braden Holtby and the Washington Caps take the show home to face the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.  Alex Ovechkin and company should be stoked to get back in the winning column. Edge to Holtby…Jonathan Quick has won 5 of the last 6 starts for the Kings, while Ryan Miller was pulled in his last start after two periods in Buffalo’s lop-sided loss to Anaheim. The Sabre’s defense has been very porous, leaving Miller to hang out and dry on many occasions. The Kings should have their way tonight. Go Quick…. The Isles have been playing it smart by giving Kevin Poulin a bunch of starts in place of the struggling Evgeni Nabokov. Marek Mazanec gets his first career start after relieving Hutton in the last game.  We love Poulin tonight against the invisible Nashville offense…. Niemi gets the night off as Alex Stalock will be getting just his second career start. Stalock and San Jose are looking to stop their 5-game winless streak.  They are bound to win a game, right? Their opponent Calgary has fallen off after a good start, so expect a big bounce-back game from the Sharks… The matchup between the Devils and Rangers pit the best of all-time (Martin Brodeur), against the best right now (Henrik Lundqvist). This could be a mild shocker, as the proud Brodeur continues to roll, even against a surging Blueshirts squad….What could turn into another goaltending duel is Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes against Jaroslav Halak and the St. Louis Blues.  Phoenix is having a good start to the season behind Smith, whose metrics haven’t been great, whereas Halak has solidified his hold on the No.1 spot for the Notes.  Notes over Yotes…..Even without the loss of Superstar Steven Stamkos, it was going to be a tough night against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.  The Bolts may still be in shock over what happened yesterday, and now must find ways to replace the missing offense.  Ben Bishop has been stellar so far this season and will need to continue his All-Star season if the Lightning want to stay atop the Eastern Conference.  Price and the Habs should build on their win against the Islanders…The match between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators looks like it should be all Ottawa especially with Craig Anderson returning to net.  However, Steve Mason has been playing well in net for the Flyers since the beginning of the season and should continue.  Anderson needs to get into game shape so he may not be at the top of his game as he returns from an injury.  The Flyers are starting to turn their season around, take Mason….Ondrej Pavelec and the Jets head to Detroit to play the Red Wings.   Jimmy Howard has not been his steady self and has lost 3 in a row, 2 in overtime.  Although he has been average at best, but since you don’t know which Pavelec will show up tonight, if you have to, go with the Wings…. The Avs continue their dream season with a tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes.  Justin Peters continues to get the starts as Ward and Khudobin recover.  Peters has been playing better of late and has won 2 of his last 3, losing his last outing in OT to the Minnesota Wild.  Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche just seem to be clicking on all cylinders.  Avs should take the wind out of the Hurricanes.

 

FANTASY MUST-STARTS

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles @ Buffalo

Braden Holtby, Washington vs. Columbus

Jonas Hiller, Anaheim @ Florida

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis vs. Phoenix

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado @ Carolina

 

SLEEPER ALERT

Kevin Poulin, NY Islanders vs. Nashville

Steve Mason, Philadelphia @ Ottawa

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey @ NY Rangers

 

DAILY GOALIE PICKS

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