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THE GOALIE EDGE: 3/20/2014

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-03-20 13:37


Coming off a 6-0 blanking of the New York Islanders, Ilya Bryzgalov gets his second start in a row for the Minnesota Wild as he takes on the New Jersey Devils.  Cory Schneider gets a turn in net for the Devils who are in desperate need of a win.  Schneider looks to get both his team and his personal performance back on the winning track…Tim Thomas (LIKELY) goes for the Dallas Stars against a Philadelphia Flyers’ team that has been surging up in the standings ever since their start of the season slump.  Steve Mason draws back in net after Ray Emery gave Mason a rest against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.  The Flyers are soaring whereas the shine has been lost from the Stars who have lost 3 in a row.   Flyers should continue to roll…The Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price are coming off a big win against the Colorado Avalanche and look to make it 4 in a row tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Sergei Bobrovsky will look to keep the Jackets in playoff position as they are holding onto the 8th spot, tied with Washington in points and Detroit a point behind.  Bobber is 3-2-1 in past 6 but Price is rounding into form.  Hot Habs should pull this one out…Robin Lehner got lit up against the New York Rangers for 8 goals in his last start and now will face a surging Tampa Bay Lightning team that has Steven Stamkos back in full swing.  The Sens are truly missing Craig Anderson in net as Lehner has lost 3 in a row in his place.  Ben Bishop (LIKELY) will go for the seventh straight game even after starting last night’s game.  Bolts might be too much for a fragile Lehner….Marc-Andre Fleury gets back in the crease for the Pittsburgh Penguins in tonight’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings after Jeff Zatkoff started the past 2.  Jimmy Howard draws in for the Wings who are looking to leapfrog into a playoff spot with a win tonight. Without their superstars in the lineup, Howard needs to come up huge tonight.  Tough task as Fleury will look to get back on track after sitting…Matthew Hackett gets his first start of the season tonight as Buffalo heads into Edmonton to face Ben Scrivens and the Oilers.  The Oilers seem to have solidified their goaltending with the arrival of Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.  The Oil should beat a spiraling Sabres team that has lost 7 in a row….Roberto Luongo (LIKELY) and the Florida Panthers are coming off a spectacular game against San Jose and looks to keep it going against a hot Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes who have won 4 of their past 5.  Tough to think Luongo and the Cats will duplicate that performance as they have been inconsistent all year long….Jaroslav Halak (LIKELY) and the Washington Capitals are fighting for a playoff spot while Jonathan Quick (LIKELY) and the Los Angeles Kings are looking to right the ship after 3 straight losses.  Quick will be up to the task tonight….Last but not least we have two Western Conference teams tied with 97 points trying to catch the St. Louis blues going head to head tonight.  Jonas Hiller (LIKELY) leads his Anaheim Ducks team into San Jose to take on Antti Niemi and the Sharks.  The Sharks have been swarming of late with a 7-2-1 record while the Ducks are paddling hard to stay near the top.  Both teams coming off losses so this should be a doozy of a nightcap.


Carey Price, Montreal vs. Columbus

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay @ Ottawa

Mike Smith, Phoenix vs. Florida

Ben Scrivens, Edmonton vs. Buffalo



Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota @ New Jersey



Steve: (86-54) Carey Price

Ray:  (81-59) Ben Scrivens

Mike:  (65-47) Steve Mason