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THE GOALIE EDGE: 1/9/14

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-01-09 14:28


St.Louis could be without a few key scorers in Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie, but their balanced scoring depth has been a huge key during their 6-game winning streak. It’s Jaroslav Halak’s turn in net tonight against an inferior Calgary team, which has played the Blues tough in splitting two one-goal matchups. The added motivation of gaining traction in the never-ending goaltending carousel in St. Louis over the streaking Brian Elliott should provide plenty of motivation for a big Halak showing. Go Blues.. On a 3-game winning streak, Minnesota will again play without Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. Not with-standing their shocking win in Los Angeles, the Wild go up against the Phoenix Coyotes and a now-healthy Shane Doan. Coming off a 6-0 demolishing of Calgary behind the shutout win from Thomas Greiss, the ‘Yotes might be ready to start rolling. Mike Smith (LIKELY) has been struggling with a 2.89 GAA, but coach Dave Tippett will go back to him. Edge to Phoenix…Coming off an impressive 3-2 effort against the Sharks, the Predators need to keep up the intensity against an unbeatable Anaheim Duck’s team, who are 14-1-0 in their last 15 games. Frederik Andersen gets the nod as his numbers have been solid with a 1.98 GAA and a .927 SP. The Ducks have too much firepower and the Preds don’t. Love Andersen in a great spot-start.... Our upset special will take place in Tampa, where Philip Grubauer and the Capitals will end their losing streak against an overmatched Anders LindbackBen Bishop would have given the ‘Bolts a clear edge, but we just don’t see Lindback filling in this void in goal successfully if Bishop is out long-term. The “writing will be on the wall” tonight as the Caps win this one.

 

FANTASY MUST-START

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim @. Nashville

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis @ Calgary

Mike Smith *, Phoenix vs. Minnesota

 

SLEEPER ALERT

Philip Grubauer, Washington @ Tampa Bay

*: NOT CONFIRMED

 

GOALIE DAILY PICKS

Steve: (55-36):  Frederik Andersen

Ray: (50-39): Jaroslav Halak

Mike: (43-32): TBA