ALL GOALIES CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT TIME OF PRINT
The first game on the slate tonight features Marc-Andre Fleury (10-2) of the Pittsburgh Penguins against Henrik Lundqvist (4-6) of the NY Rangers. Both goaltenders have been playing well of late, with Lundqvist turning around his play after an early season horror show. After a tough 2-1 loss to hot rookie G Frederik Andersen of Anaheim last time out, expect the King to continue his fine play against the Pens. This one is too close to call, but I’ll give the edge to the home team Rangers…..Expect Al Montoya to grab another start in goal, this time against his hometown Chicago Blackhawks, after his stellar play in the Jets victory against the Detroit Red Wings. With another fine effort, there could be a goaltending controversy brewing in Winnipeg, as his numbers outshine starter Ondrej Pavelec’s. The Jets may also want to avenge the 5-1 loss they took at home against them just a few days ago. Corey Crawford is a lock as Chicago wants to clean their palate of the sour taste leftover from their 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday….How can you go against one of the hottest goaltenders on one of the hottest teams in Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche? You just can’t. Plus the Avs are playing at home against the Nashville Predators, who will be starting rookie Carter Hutton (LIKELY) as he continues to man the crease as starter Pekka Rinne’s continues his recovery from his hip infection, which may actually be an E. coli infection. The Preds lack an elite scoring forward but Colorado has been playing so well since the start of the season, it wouldn’t matter if they did, indeed, have one. Safe to go with Varlamov on home ice….Does red-hot Phoenix G Mike Smith (LIKELY) get the call in the second game of back-to-back nights? Does Jonas Hiller get to start even though sensational rookie Frederik Andersen (LIKELY) is fast becoming a fan favorite? It may be a bit of a letdown for the Coyotes after they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout last night. Go with the Ducks no matter who starts in net.
Corey Crawford, Chicago vs. Winnipeg
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado vs. Nashville
DAILY GOALIE PICKS
Steve (18-15) Semyon Varlamov
Ray (16-17) Semyon Varlamov
Mike (15-17) Semyon Varlamov