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THE GOALIE EDGE: 12/6/2013

Posted by ray on Fri, 2013-12-06 14:52


The Colorado Avalanche will look to rebound from the shellacking they took from the Edmonton Oilers as Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets his turn in net for the Avs against Karri Ramo and the Calgary Flames.  Ramo has won his last two starts and is playing with more confidence since Reto Berra started 8 in a row. Expect a better effort from the vet JS Giguere and the entire Avs team….With the way Jimmy Howard has been playing of late, I wouldn’t be surprised to see tonight’s starter for the Detroit Red Wings, Jonas Gustavsson, see more starts in the next few weeks.  Cory Schneider has played well for the New Jersey Devils, winning three of the last four starts-the last one a loss in SO.  I see the Devils rebounding from two tough losses in arrow to defeat the Red Wings who will be without the services of Henrik Zetterberg and possibly Pavel Datsyuk again….Niklas Backstrom (LIKELY) gets the nod against Curtis McElhinney and the Columbus Blue Jackets.  In the last ten games, the Blue Jackets have alternated wins and losses and if the pattern continues, this would be a loss.  Eh, screw the pattern, Minnesota should win regardless…Two of the top teams in the Western Conference are going head-to-head tonight as the Anaheim Ducks head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks who lost a close one to Minnesota last night.  Jonas Hiller gets the call and Antti Raanta (LIKELY) should get the start for the Hawks. The Hawks are tough at home and Raanta is looking to get his 3rd NHL victory under his belt, winning his first 2 starts ever.  Edge to the home team…Mike Smith goes against Roberto Luongo (LIKELY) in Vancouver.  The Phoenix Coyotes are trying to start a winning streak against a team coming home from a 4-game road trip.  The Yotes just might catch the Nucks at a good time…The Sharks will be coming out in a frenzy against the Carolina Hurricanes because of the beating they took at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.  Alex Stalock (LIKELY) should get his 4th NHL start since Niemi was in net last night.  The Canes also played last night with Justin Peters in net, so Cam Ward (LIKELY) should get the start.  I can’t see the Sharks losing on back-to-back nights.



Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Colorado @ Calgary

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota @ Columbus



Mike Smith, Phoenix @ Vancouver

Steve (36-26) Alex Stalock
Ray (33-28) Cory Schneider
Mike (30-26) Roberto Luongo