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THE GOALIE EDGE: 12/10/2013

Posted by steve on Tue, 2013-12-10 17:04

After two weekend defeats at the hands of New Jersey and Washington, the Ranger’s Henrik Lundqvist will get a shot to start justifying his new long-term contract against the offensively inept Nashville Predators. After a hot start, Marek Mazanec has struggled mightily so the Preds will turn back to Carter Hutton in goal. Yes, the one with the 3.28 GAA and a.892 SP on the road. Great start tonight for the “King” as he looks to get back on track, even though the loss of defenseman Marc Staal to possibly another concussion does not help.. All you need to know for Boston’s road matchup against Calgary is that former Flame’s captain Jarome Iginla returns to his long-time home after leaving via free agency last season and the “Killer B’s” should play their heart out for him. With Reto Berra in the crease for Calgary, the task shold get easier for Tuukka Rask and company. Score one for “Iggy” and the Bruins..The return of Pavel Datsyuk should accomplish two things tonight for Detroit: 1) Help Jimmy Howard restore some legitimacy to his game and pick up the “duke” and 2) don’t suffer the embarrassment of losing to Florida two straight. Goals accomplished, as Howard should prevail... San Jose has been falling short lately in the win column and  now they get to face the New York Islanders, losers of 10 straight games. A perfect recipe for success, as Antti Niemi has a huge edge in this matchup.

Henrik Lundqvist, NYR vs. Nashville
Antti Niemi, San Jose vs. NYI
Tuukka Rask, Boston @ Calgary
Jimmy Howard, Detroit @Florida

Cam Ward
, Carolina @ Edmonton
Steve: (38-27) Lundqvist
Ray: (35-29) Brodeur
Mike: (33-27) Rask