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THE GOALIE EDGE: 12/7/2013

Posted by ray on Sat, 2013-12-07 12:59


The Philadelphia Flyers, having won 3 of their last 4, head into Big D this afternoon to take on the Stars.  Steve Mason gets the start and will be up against Kari Lehtonen (LIKELY) who has started 18 of the last 19 games for Dallas.  Both goaltenders playing very well so toss a coin…Let’s hope that 13 is not a bad sign for Marek Mazanec (LIKELY) who will be making his 13th consecutive start for Nashville tonight against Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals.  Even though he has lost 4 in a row, Maz has been playing well as the Preds await the return of Pekka RInne. The Capitals offense may be a bit too much for Mazanec.  Holtby should be able to backstop the Caps to a win….The Winnipeg Jets are off to Tampa Bay to take on Anders Lindback and the Lightning.  Backup Al  Montoya takes the reins for the Jets, a team that has lost 6 of the last 9 so playing against the Bolts is going to be a tough task….Jonas Gustavsson, who is playing lights out this season, may be gaining the edge for the No. 1 goaltending job in Detroit.   Gustavsson will be facing a revitalized Florida Panther team, but the Cats have lost 5 of their last 7, and with the incentive to grab the starter’s role, the Monster may be too much for the Panthers to handle.  Tim Thomas should keep them in the game but Gustavsson is on fire….Craig Anderson gets another shot at keeping the starter’s job tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs who have been struggling of late.  Hit with a rash of injuries at the Center position, the Leafs have lost 9 of 13 heading into tonight.  Perhaps playing against an erratic Anderson will boost the Leafs’ offense.  Jonathan Bernier (LIKELY) is coming off an impressive 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas and should get the best of the Sens…Carey Price has been playing lights out all season long and it is starting to show in his record.  His metrics have been above average throughout the year so far and that should continue.  The Habs have a chance to share in the Conference lead if the Pens lose to the Boston Bruins in regulation.  Playing against the Buffalo Sabres, with Jhonas Enroth in net, should give them a very reasonable shot at that…Tuukka Rask (LIKELY) and the Boston Bruins are out to get right back in to the Conference battle for the top spot as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Marc-Andre Fleury and Rask will be on their game tonight as the battle between Yellow-and-Black should be a doozy.  The B’s at home have the edge….In a battle of cross-river rivals, Martin Brodeur will take his New Jersey Devils across the Hudson to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.  Always a rough and tough battle, the King has gotten the best of Brodeur and the Devils throughout his career and now with a contract extension that keeps Lundqvist on Broadway for the rest of his career, he will be stoked to continue his reign in fine fashion.  Rangers prevail….Another premiere matchup tonight as the Anaheim Ducks meet the Blues in St. Louis after beating the Chicago Blackhawks last night.  No letdown as Frederik Andersen will lead the team onto the ice against Jaroslav Halak who is having an excellent season as the undisputed No. 1 net minder in St. Louis.  There is no denying Andersen 7-1-0 record but the Notes will be tough to beat on home ice, especially if Halak continues to play the way he has been of late….If the Oilers bring their offense tonight against the Calgary Flames, Devan Dubnyk should have no problems against Reto Berrra (LIKELY)….The New York Islanders head to Los Angeles to take on Ben Scrivens (LIKELY) and the Los Angeles Kings.   Kevin Poulin (LIKELY) will be up against a team who has won the last two games against tough opponents in St. Louis and Anaheim, so the Kings could be in for a letdown.  The Isles can surprise here.



Braden Holtby, Nashville @ Washington

Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton vs. Calgary

Carey Price, Montreal vs. Buffalo

Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit vs. Florida



Steve Mason, Philadelphia @ Dallas

Kevin Poulin, NY Islanders @ Los Angeles

Steve (36-27) Carey Price 
Ray (33-29) Carey Price
Mike (31-26) Jonas Gustavsson