Player Notes

  • Kari Lehtonen stops 32 of 35 in Stars' OT win
    Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 35 shots in the Stars’ 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks on Saturday night.

    Advice: Dallas looked like the sure winners until the Canucks tied the game in regulation on the power play with 1:32 remaining. Lehtonen gave up a goal in each period. He has a 2.84 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Eddie Lack's 36 saves not enough in OT loss
    Eddie Lack set aside 36 shots in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss against Dallas on Saturday night.

    Advice: The Canucks only led one time in this game, after Chris Higgins’ second-period power play goal put them ahead 2-1. Lack has generally been pretty solid since taking over the number-one job when Ryan Miller went down with an injury. He has a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Varlamov makes 35 saves in win vs. Sabres
    Semyon Varlamov blocked 35 shots in Colorado’s 5-3 win against the Sabres on Saturday night.

    Advice: Colorado jumped out to a 4-0 lead by 6:56 in the second period, then the Sabres made things somewhat interesting by pulling within 4-1 and 5-2 in the third period. Varlamov has a 2.58 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Lindback hits the showers after first period
    Anders Lindback was pulled after the first period after giving up two goals in the Sabres’ 5-3 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

    Advice: Lindback faced 12 shots before hitting the showers. He has a 3.25 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Matt Hackett was worse in relief, giving up three goals on 10 shots. He has an ugly 4.32 GAA and .884 SV%.
    Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Quick gives up two, lasts one period in loss
    Jonathan Quick lasted one period in the Kings’ 4-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night.

    Advice: Quick gave up two goals on nine shots. He had actually been rolling with a 3-1-0 record during a spurt in which he gave up a total of seven goals. Quick has a 2.28 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Martin Jones stopped nine of 10 shots he faced in relief.
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Sergei Bobrovsky wins fifth game in a row
    Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Blue Jackets in their 4-2 win against the Blues on Saturday night.

    Advice: The Blue Jackets really had no business winning this game, so they can point to Bobrovsky for giving them a chance. He stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period. Bobrovsky has won five games in a row, and now sports a 2.74 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Keep rolling him out there.
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Brian Elliott roughed up again in 4-2 loss
    Brian Elliott had a lousy night in net, giving up three goals in the 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

    Advice: He faced only 16 shots. Elliott has allowed seven goals over his past two games and he’s been very hot and cold lately. It would not be surprising to see Jake Allen get the start Monday at the Canucks. Allen has a 2.18 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Carey Price gives up two on 23, wins in OT
    Carey Price blocked 21 shots in the Canadiens’ 3-2 overtime win against Florida on Saturday night.

    Advice: Price has the Vezina Trophy pretty much locked up at this point. He has helped the Canadiens earn at least a point in four consecutive games. Price is tied with Pekka Rinne in wins with 41, but he leads the league in goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.937).
    Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • James Reimer stops 22 shots in 4-3 OT win
    James Reimer made 22 saves in Toronto’s 4-3 overtime win against the Senators on Saturday night.

    Advice: Reimer wasn’t all that good in this game; in fact, he would’ve lost had Toronto not come back to tie up the game with 1:24 remaining. He gave up two goals on nine shots on the first period. Reimer has a 3.23 goals-against average and .902 save percentage this season.
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Keith Kinkaid gives up three on 32 shots
    Keith Kinkaid allowed three goals on 32 shots in the Devils’ 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

    Advice: Kinkaid was seeing his first action since March 20 when he gave up a goal in a win against the Sabres. He has a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage this season. New Jersey has its goaltending situation figured out; now comes the scoring part.
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Chris Driedger is backing up Craig Anderson
    Chris Driedger is the backup netminder for the Senators on Saturday night.

    Advice: Andrew Hammond is out with an injury and Craig Anderson is getting the start. Driedger stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief against the Rangers on Thursday. He had a .891 save percentage in two games in the AHL and sported a .885 SV% in 40 games in the ECHL.
    Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Goalie Tuukka Rask fine after dehydration
    The Boston Bruins say goalie Tuukka Rask is fine after leaving a 4-2 win against the Rangers Saturday afternoon because he apparently was dehydrated.

    Advice: Bruins coach Claude Julien said Rask is all right and would travel with the Bruins for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday. Rask could start against the Hurricanes, Julien said. "It looks like it might have been a case of dehydration, so he’s scheduled to travel with us," the coach said. "He’s scheduled to be with us and he should be fine for [Sunday]." Rask, who left 10 seconds into the second period with Boston leading 3-0, had informed the Bruins during the first intermission that he wasn’t feeling well. "Yeah, we just found out at the beginning of the second," Julien said. "He went in there and when he came off that’s why I went to him and said, ‘Are you still having those symptoms?’ He said, 'Yeah,’ so I said, ‘Well, let’s get you out of here and put [Niklas Svedberg] in,’ who did a good job by the way." Rask had 14 saves; Svedberg, 16.
    Yesterday, 5:10 pm
  • Two losses in a row for Ben Bishop
    Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 4-0 to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

    Advice: That's two straight losses for Bishop, who slides to 36-13-4 on the season after allowing three goals on just 22 shots.
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Thomas Greiss gains ninth victory of 2014-15
    Thomas Greiss beat his former team as the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Greiss is 9-5-3 with a .913 save percentage and 2.51 GAA this season. He hasn't received the sort of reps to really prove himself in 2014-15 but should be able to land another backup gig this summer.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Steve Mason loses beyond regulation again
    The Philadelphia Flyers keep leaving points on the table as they dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Steve Mason's record says it all: 15-17-11 despite a sparkling .927 save percentage. Mason ranks among the biggest reasons to feel more optimistic about Philly's future, especially since he's only 26.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Michal Neuvirth stuck on one win with NYI
    Michal Neuvirth could not help the New York Islanders turn things around as the Anaheim Ducks won 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Neuvirth is now 1-3-1 with unimpressive numbers as a member of the Islanders after giving up three goals on 24 shots.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Ducks clinch spot with Frederik Andersen win
    Frederik Andersen helped the Anaheim Ducks secure a playoff berth by beating the New York Islanders 4-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Andersen stopped 29 out of 31 shots to improve his 2014-15 record to 33-11-5. He's now won three of his last four games, possibly swinging the always-busy Ducks goalie battle back in his direction.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Pekka Rinne helps NSH clinch playoff spot
    The Nashville Predators clinched a playoff spot with a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, so it was fitting that Pekka Rinne was in net.

    Advice: Rinne improved to 41-15-4 on the season after stopping 25 out of 28 shots. He's now on a four-game winning streak and is two victories from tying his career-high of 43 wins from 2011-12.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Pavelec to start against Hawks Sunday
    Ondrej Pavelec will get the start Sunday against Chicago.

    Advice: Pavelec does not have a great record against the Hawks but coach Paul Maurice is going with Pavelec who has been on a roll. It will be his 7th consecutive start.
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Andrew Hammond not on ice Saturday
    Andrew Hammond is not on the ice practising with his teammates Saturday morning.

    Advice: It looks as if the Hamburglar does in fact have some type of injury. Look for Craig Anderson or Chris Driedger to get the start against the Maple Leafs Saturday night. Consider Hammond day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
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