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THE GOALIE EDGE: 11/9/2013

Posted by ray on Sat, 2013-11-09 11:17


Steve Mason is back in the nets for the Philadelphia Flyers who are taking on the Edmonton Oilers, who just signed Ilya Bryzgalov this morning.  It’s too soon for Bryzgalov to get the start so look for Devan Dubnyk to get the call. Dubnyk has been erratic in his play this year, therefore the goalie signing.  Mason was skipped over in the last game as Emery got rewarded for his prior shutout of the Devils.  Look for Mason to continue his stellar play and the Flyers to begin their resurgence….Robin Lehner gets the call again as starter Craig Anderson gets a little more time to recover.  The Senators are taking on the newly Head Coached Florida Panthers who have been struggling this season.  Tim Thomas is back in the nets for the Cats but will need to shake off some rust.  Look for a better contested affair from the Panthers but Lehner has been playing too well and the Sens have the home-ice advantage….In a must-see matchup, The Lightning travel to Detroit to take on Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings.  Tampa Bay has been splendid behind starter Ben Bishop (LIKELY) who has won 10 of his 12 starts.  This will be a true test for both teams as Howard has been far from his normal, steady self.  After his last outing where the Wings let the Stars tie the game late and then subsequently lost in the shootout, Howard will look to correct that.  The Wings always rise to these occasions and being the home team helps.  Howard in a great battle….Another great matchup to watch tonight is the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins.  The Leafs are coming off a shootout win versus the Devils in last night’s game after having a few days off.  It will take a little time for the Maple Leafs to get rolling again and facing Tuukka Rask is no easy task.  James Reimer (LIKELY) will get the start but the Bruins and T-Rask will be too much for the Leafs to handle on the back end of back-to-back nights….The Chicago Blackhawks travel to BIG D to take on the Stars who are coming off a very successful mini road trip where they beat Ottawa, Boston and Detroit.  Home cooking is usually the answer but the Stars, behind Kari Lehtonen, will find their hands full against Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.  The Hawks will be the ultimate in uninvited guests….The Islanders are in need of a win, having lost 6 of their last 9.  The Columbus Blue Jackets are in need of a win, having lost 5 in a row and 9 of their last 12.  Evgeni Nabokov will need to have a good outing to stave off backup Kevin Poulin from stealing some games for the veteran. Sergei Bobrovsky is not playing up to last year’s Vezina run, but his numbers aren’t too bad.  It’s just that the Jackets are having trouble scoring lately.  One team will get a much needed victory while the other will still be looking for answers.  Isles will score enough for the win….Another team having trouble scoring is the Carolina Hurricanes.  Their task doesn’t get any easier as they take on Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild.  Justin Peters gets the nod one again as the team bides their time as Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin heal from their injuries.  The Canes just need to score, but they may have to wait another day.  Wild…..The Penguins travel to St. Louis to take on Jaroslav Halak and the Blues.  Pens starter Marc-Andre Fleury and Halak had questions to answer in the pre-season and they both have responded like true professionals.  Fleury at 10-3-0 has quieted his playoff performance chatter while Halak is solidifying his hold on the No. 1 spot with an 8-2-1 record.  Will be a tough battle, with the Notes taking it on home-ice….The Phoenix Coyotes have won 5 of 6 and 7 of their last 9 and it’s mainly on the shoulders of starter Mike Smith.  Although his numbers haven’t been spectacular, the team is playing well in front of him. Washington has been playing well of late, winning 4 in a row.  Michal Neuvirth (LIKELY) is giving starter Braden Holtby the night off in this one as they have the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night.  However, the Caps are no road-warriors and may be looking ahead, so take the Desert Dogs in this one…In the nightcap, Roberto Luongo (LIKELY) and the Vancouver Canucks travel to Los Angeles to take on Jonathan Quick (LIKELY) and the Kings.  Quick is coming off a 2-0 shutout win of the lowly Sabres,so this will be a much truer test.  Quick’s play has been hot-and-cold and the Canucks are coming off a 4-2 win over the Sharks, so the edge to the visiting Canucks in this one.



Robin LehnerOttawa vs. Florida

Tuukka Rask, Boston vs. Toronto

Mike Smith, Phoenix vs. Washington

Corey Crawford, Chicago @ Dallas



Steve Mason, Philadelphia vs. Edmonton



Steve (20-16) Robin Lehner

Ray (18-18) Robin Lehner

Mike (17-18) Corey Crawford