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THE GOALIE EDGE: 11/7/2013

Posted by ray on Thu, 2013-11-07 14:14


The King gets the night off as Cam Talbot gets the nod against Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets.  This game has letdown written all over it as the Rangers played and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.  Expect some of the ex-Rangers on Columbus to have some extra zip in their step tonight knowing the Rangers played last night.  Blue Jackets over Blueshirts…Kevin Poulin in net for the Islanders on the road against Justin Peters and the Carolina Hurricanes.  Poulin actually has the better numbers so expect the young net minder to get some more starts over the next few games, especially if he wins tonight.  Peters and the Canes did manage to end their 5-game losing streak, but it was against the somehow, inept Philadelphia Flyers.  Lightning won’t strike twice in Carolina.  Pullin’ for Poulin….Josh Harding gets another start on way to possibly solidifying the No. 1 spot in Minnesota.  He’s got a tough assignment against the powerhouse Washington Capitals and Braden Holtby, but The Wild’s defense and Harding’s goaltending will make it difficult for the Caps after having played the Islanders, Panthers and Flyers.  Harding….Robin Lehner gets the call for Ottawa as starter Craig Anderson gets another night to recover.  The Sens have struggled lately, winning only twice in past 8 games, and are facing Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens, who are having some troubles of their own, losing 3 in a row.  Look for Price and the Habs to rebound after a tough loss to St. Louis last time out.  This has the makings of a nail-biter as the two Canadian clubs are desperate for a win.  Edge to Price…..Can the Dallas Stars make it a 3-game road sweep?  Not if Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings have any say, and I think they will have plenty.  Kari Lehtonen played lights out in Ottawa and in Boston, stealing the extra point in the shootout in both games.  Don’t see that happening again.  Go with Howard….The Edmonton Oilers will be facing red-hot Tampa Bay Goalie, Ben Bishop, and will have the services of Taylor Hall back in their lineup.  Devan Dubnyk (LIKELY) is not having the kind of start the Oilers had been banking on, and even though he did get the win last game out versus Florida,  he will have a much tougher time on the West Coast of Florida.  Bishop has been too solid, go with the Bolts…This will be St. Louis backup goalie Brian Elliott’s third start of the season and it will be against Reto Berra and the Calgary Flames.  The Flames are trying to settle their goaltending issues and while they do that, St. Louis will be making it a little more difficult for the Elliott shutout the Panthers on Friday, this could be another…Scott Clemmensen gives young talent Jacob Markstrom another break but has been no help to the Florida Panthers who have lost 9 of their past 10.  This could be the game where the Bruins’ offense comes to life.  Remember that November two years ago when the B’s offense woke up and they ended up only losing one game that month?  Of course they lost their 1st two games already this month.  Tuukka Rask gets the start and the win… Ray Emery is the starter because of his 1-0 shutout of the same New Jersey Devils.  Martin Brodeur gets the start for the Devils.  Not much offense to talk about for either team, but some day, the Flyers will break out in a huge way.  Can today be that day?....Jhonas Enroth and the Buffalo Sabres head to southern California to take on the Los Angeles Kings after their surprising 5-4 SO victory over the San Jose Sharks. Expect Jonathan Quick to rebound from the Kings loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.  With a few days of rest and practice, Kings Slay the not-so-mighty Buffalo….And in what should be a terrific nightcap, the Vancouver Canucks head to San Jose pitting two strong teams from the Western Conference against one another.  Roberto Luongo (LIKELY) faces Antti Niemi (LIKELY) in what could either be a barn burner or a tightly contested affair.  The Sharks have lost 3 in a row while the Canucks are coming off a tough 3-2 SO loss in Phoenix.  This one is too tough to call.



Tuukka Rask, Boston vs. Florida

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles vs. Buffalo

Brian Elliott, St. Louis vs. Calgary

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay vs. Edmonton

Jimmy Howard, Detroit vs. Dallas



Ray Emery, Philadelphia vs. New Jersey

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus vs. New York Rangers



Steve (18-16) Tuukka Rask

Ray (16-18) Jonathan Quick

Mike (15-18) Brian Elliott