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THE GOALIE EDGE 3/8/2014:

Posted by michael on Sat, 2014-03-08 17:45


ALL GOALIES ARE CONFIRMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED AT THE TIME OF PRINTING

Ten games on the NHL schedule today.  Ottawa will be at Winnioeg.  Craig Anderson is (LIKELY) to be in goal for the Senators while Ondrej Pavelec has been (CONFIRMED) for the Jets.  Anderson has struggled this year with a 3.08 GAA and a .907 SP.  He is 2-3 in his last 5 games.  Pavelec has struggled as well with a 20-23-5 record a 2.91 GAA and a .905 SP.  Tough call on this one but I like Anderson.  St. Louis is at Colorado and Ryan Miller has been (CONFIRMED) for the Blues while Semyon Varlamov has been (CONFIRMED) for tyhe Avalanche.  Miller has won 3 straight games since moving to St. Louis with a 1.67 GAA.  While Varlamov has had a solid season with 31 wins, have to like Miller in this game.  Mike Smith (CONFIRMED) will be in goal for Phoenix at Washington, who will play Jaroslav Halak (CONFIRMED).  Smith has had a tough season with a 22-18-10 record and a 2.71 GAA and a .914 SP.  He has won his last 2 games though.  Halak is 24-9-4, and we like him in this one.  Anton Khudobin (LIKELY) should be in goal for Carolina tonight against New Jersey.  After allowing 7 goals in his last game Cory Schneider will be on the bench for the Devils and Martin Brodeur (CONFIRMED) will be the goalie for New Jersey.  Brodeur's SP is under .900 so go with Khudobin.  The Bruins are at Tampa Bay in what will be a matchup of two of the best goalies in the NHL, Tuukka Rask vs Ben Bishop.  Rask has won 27 games while Bishop has won 29.  Bishop has lost 3 of his last 4 games so go with Rask.  Philadelphia will be at Toronto and Steve Mason has been (CONFIRMED) for the Flyers while Jonathan Bernier is (LIKELY) for the Leafs.  Bernier has gone 3-0-2 in his last 5 games so go with him.  Columbus will be at Nashville and Sergei Bobrovsky has been (CONFIRMED) for the Blue Jackets.  He is having a solid season with 23 wins a 2.59 GAA and a .915 SP.  He has won 3 of his last 4.  Pekka Rinne will (LIKELY) be in goal for the Predators.  He has lost 2 straight games since returning from an injury, so go with Bobrovsky.  Darcey Kuemper will (LIKELY) be in goal for Minnesota against Dallas.  Kuemper has been hot with 5 straight wins.  Expect Kari Lehtonen (LIKELY) to be in goal for the Stars, but go with Kuemper.  22 year old Joni Ortio (CONFIRMED) from Finland will be in goal for Calgary at Vancouver.  Ortio has played well in his only 3 games with a 2.02 GAA and a 2-1 record.  Eddie Lack has been (CONFIRMED) for Vancouver.  Lack has struggled with a 9-11-4 record, and he has lost 3 straight games, but go with him over the rookie.  Peter Budaj (CONFIRMED) will replace the injured Carey Price tonight for Montreal against San Jose and Antti Niemi (CONFIRMED).  We like Niemi in this game.

 

FANTASY MUST STARTS: 

Darcey Kuemper, Minnesota at Dallas

Eddie Lack, Vancouver vs. Calgary

Steve Mason, Philadelphia at Toronto

Antti Niemi, San Jose vs. Montreal

 

SLEEPERS:

Mike Smith, Phoenix at Washington

Craig Anderson, Ottawa at Winnipeg

 

DAILY GOALIE PICKS:

Steve:  (81-48)  Ondrej Pavelec

Ray: (73-56)  Martin Brodeur

Mike: (60-45)  Darcey Kuemper