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THE GOALIE EDGE: 4/4/2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-04-04 14:17


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

Peter Budaj will take on Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators while Carey Price will go up against Detroit tomorrow night.  You never know which Anderson you are going to get this year while Budaj has given steady performances as the Montreal Canadiens backup.  The Habs are 8-2-0 in last 10 while the Sens are just 4-5-1. Go Habs….

The winner in tonight’s showdown between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals will improve their shot at possibly making the playoffs with just a handful of games remaining after tonight.  Caps goalie Jaroslav Halak has lost 4 in a row and has not looked like the goalie he was while in St. Louis.  Cory Schneider, on the other hand, looks to be regaining the form he had prior to the Olympic break where he was stellar in net but not receiving goal support.  Schneider has gotten the Devils 5 points in his last 5 starts, losing in 2 shootouts and an overtime game to Minnesota.  Both teams playing spirited hockey, but I’ll give the edge to Schneider….

Buddy, I mean Matthew Hackett  will be in net for the Buffalo Sabres as they continue their road trip with a stop in Detroit.  The Red Wings have picked up their game lately winning 3 in a row and 6 of their last 10 to put themselves in good position to make the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year.  Jimmy Howard will protect the net once again for the Red Wings and should stretch the streak to 4….

Roberto Luongo returns to the net for the Florida Panthers as they take on very pesky Calgary Flames team.  Joey MacDonald gets the call as the Flames are playing the back end of two in a row.  Ramo has started 7 in a row and with back-to-back nights, MacDonald gets the draw.  The Cats have lost 4 in a row and are just 2-7-1 in last ten games, showing signs that their minds are elsewhere.  Stay warm with the Flames…..

Thomas Greiss of the Phoenix Coyotes will look to stop his personal, and the team’s, 3-game losing streak tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.  The Coyotes have slipped from the eighth playoff position during this losing streak while the Dallas Stars have gone on a run, winning 5 of their last 7.  The Oilers may prove the right elixir as they have lost 6 of last 7.  Look for Ben Scrivens to get the call for Edmonton…..

Columbus has probably the toughest schedule of all the teams battling to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference but catch a break tonight as both the Blue jackets and their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, played last night. Sergei Bobrovsky is coming off a 2-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers while the Hawks are coming off a 3-2 shootout against the Minnesota Wild.  Antti Raanta (LIKELY) will get the nod but Columbus has more at stake and this could be a letdown game for the Hawks…..

Anaheim is trying to keep pace with the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues and will host the Nashville Predators.  Jonas Hiller returns to the net after Frederik Andersen started the last 3 games.  Carter Hutton should be rewarded for his last start, a win against the Washington Capitals, but the Preds are going with Pekka Rinne even though there really is no reason to play Rinne the rest of the way.

FANTASY MUST STARTS:

Jimmy Howard, Detroit vs. Buffalo

Jonas Hiller, Anaheim vs. Nashville

 

SLEEPER:

Joey MacDonald, Calgary @ Florida

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus vs. Chicago

 

DAILY FANTASY PICKS:

Steve: (93-62) Sergei Bobrovsky

Ray: (89-65) Jimmy Howard

Mike: (70-50) TBA