Player Notes

  • Roberto Luongo confirmed Sunday vs Detroit
    Confirming an earlier report, Roberto Luongo will indeed take the crease in Sunday's match with Detroit.

    Advice: Your choices for goalie stats today are Luongo and Petr Mrazek of Detroit, so hopefully you're on the trigger. Should you have both netminders, it's worth noting that Luongo sports a .922 save percentage to go along with 10 Quality Starts this season. His record may be 7-8-3 but his underlying numbers are pretty darn good. Today, 10:36 am
  • Garret Sparks to make NHL debut Mon vs Oilers
    Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut Monday against the Oilers.

    Advice: It would appear that James Reimer is still unable to return to action, and that Jonathan Bernier will not be offered an immediate opportunity for redemption. Sparks meanwhile has been excellent for the AHL Toronto Marlies thus far, posting an 8-2-1 record with a 1.90 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Today, 10:04 am
  • Petr Mrazek starts vs. Panthers on Sunday
    Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes for Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has a 6-4-2 record with a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage this season. He's 1-1-2 in his last four starts. Today, 8:58 am
  • Bounces finally going Buffalo's way
    The Buffalo Sabres believe they're finally being rewarded for their hard work.

    Advice: "For us to score goals now and get rewarded for the hard work we're putting in in the last bunch of games here, it's nice to see the guys have some smiles on their face and to know that we're getting rewarded," goaltender Chad Johnson said. "We're getting the bounces now and we're getting the puck in the net, so that's going to lead to wins." Buffalo picked up a 4-1 win over the Preds on Saturday night. Today, 7:17 am
  • Laviolette says Saros was 'good' in NHL debut
    Preds head coach Peter Laviolette liked what he saw from rookie goalie Juuse Saros on Saturday night.

    Advice: "(Saros) was good; it seemed like everything was really in control and it's just unfortunate (the power play) happened," Laviolette said. "He had a couple of tough ones early. There was a couple of shots that came in real funny and hard, and he was able to make those saves. And then I thought he really settled into it after that." Nashville lost the game 4-1. Today, 7:07 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist irked at Bruins coach
    Henrik Lundqvist and coach Alain Vigneault are quite upset with the comments made by Bruins head coach Claude Julien Saturday.

    Advice: Lundqvist was knocked over by Brad Marchand in the crease and the Bruins coach said that he thought Lundqvist embellished the hit during Friday's game. "I thought it was kind of disrespectful the way he said it," said Lundqvist. "Diving has never been an option for me, never done it. I won’t do it in the future, either." Lundqvist was off Saturday as Antti Raanta was scheduled to start but he said that his head and neck were still sore. He may have not played if slated to. For the record, Marchand got two for goalie interference. Today, 5:10 am
  • Jonathan Quick makes 20 saves in OT win
    Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the Kings’ 3-2 overtime win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

    Advice: Quick and the Kings were down 2-0 entering the third period. He’ll be good for wins (11), but the truth is his ratios are nothing to be impressed about. He sports a 2.28 GAA and .917 SV%. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Scott Darling, Hawks blow lead, lose in OT
    Scott Darling blocked 33 shots in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings on Saturday night.

    Advice: Darling has helped the Blackhawks earn at least a point in three games in a row, but the last two games he and the Blackhawks have come up short after regulation. The Blackhawks blew a 2-0 third-period lead. Darling has been quite good lately, boasting a save percentage of at least .923 in four consecutive contests. He has a 2.58 GAA and .913 SV% this season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Anders Lindback busy, stands tall in 4-3 win
    Anders Lindback set aside 35 shots in the Coyotes’ 4-3 win against the Senators on Saturday night.

    Advice: Lindback gave up a goal in each period. As long as Mike Smith can stop pucks at an average rate, Lindback isn't likely to get a lot of time between the pipes. Lindback has a 2.58 GAA and .911 SV% this season. He's not worth considering in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Craig Anderson has ugly night in 4-3 loss
    Craig Anderson stopped only 15 shots in the Senators’ 4-3 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

    Advice: That won’t get the job done. This was easily his worst outing of the season. Anderson had won four games in a row and helped Ottawa earn a point in six straight. Anderson has long been underrated, and this year is no different. He has a 2.78 GAA and .916 SV%. He's a sneaky-good number-two option. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Jones bounces back, makes 25 saves in win
    Martin Jones made 25 saves in the Sharks’ 5-1 win against the Flames on Saturday night.

    Advice: Jones was in cruise control for much of this game, with both shots eluding him in the third period. After giving up four goals in his last outing, Jones bounced back nicely in this one. He has a 2.14 GAA and .925 SV%. He should remain a strong option moving forward. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Jonas Hiller a liability again in loss
    Jonas Hiller was roughed up for five goals in the Flames’ 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

    Advice: He made only 24 saves. Hiller had not drawn a start since Oct. 28. He has allowed at least four goals in five of his eight games played this season. Hiller has a 3.67 GAA and .861 SV%. Suffice to say, stay far away. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov not great, but still wins
    Semyon Varlamov kicked aside 25 shots in the Avalanche’s 5-3 win against the Jets on Saturday night.

    Advice: Varlamov nearly did his part to lose the Avalanche the game. They started with a 3-0 lead, then he gave up two goals in a row and then one after the Avs made it 4-2. Varlamov has a 3.20 GAA and .890 SV%. He should be much better than this. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Hutchinson struggles yet again in loss to Avs
    Michael Hutchinson yielded four goals on 24 shots in the Jets’ 5-3 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

    Advice: The final goal came with Hutchinson pulled. The Avs scored three unanswered goals to start the game, creating a major advantage 25:55 in. Hutchinson has one win over his past nine appearances. He has a 3.09 GAA and .901 SV%. The Jets should let Connor Hellebuyck get a long look. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Antti Niemi shrugs off slow start, wins in OT
    Antti Niemi made 23 saves in the Stars’ 4-3 overtime win against the Wild on Saturday night.

    Advice: Not his best outing, but he got the job done. That’s all we can really say about this one, though. Niemi settled down after giving up three goals through the first 21:11 of the game. He has a 2.58 GAA and .910 SV% this season. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Bernier not getting it done, gives up 4 again
    Jonathan Bernier yielded four goals on 23 shots in the Maple Leafs’ 4-2 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.

    Advice: If you want to know why the Maple Leafs lost this one, look no further than Bernier, who continues to do his best Swiss cheese impression this season. He was making his first start since Nov. 15. Bernier has not won this season, and he’s given up at least four goals in three consecutive starts. He is 0-8-1 with a 3.27 GAA and .888 SV%. Does that sound like someone you want on your roster? Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Thomas Greiss stops 29 in win against Bolts
    Thomas Greiss made 29 saves in the Islanders’ 3-2 win against the Lightning on Saturday night.

    Advice: Greiss was the busier netminder (31-22 shots), but he stood tall, giving up a goal in each of the first two frames. The Islanders clawed back from a 2-0 deficit. He has a 2.24 GAA and .927 SV% this season. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Carter Hutton day-to-day with LBI
    Carter Hutton will be out of Saturday's match against Buffalo with a lower body injury.

    Advice: No word on the type or severity of Hutton's dubious lower body injury, but we'll keep you posted. Juuse Saros will make his NHL debut in his place. Hutton has stopped 92 of 101 shots in three games this season. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Steve Mason blanks NYR on Saturday
    Steve Mason stopped all 24 shots he faced in Saturday's 3-0 win over the New York Rangers.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that Mason has collected a shutout against the Rangers. He made an incredible save on Rangers forward Dominic Moore in the first period. Mason has a 4-7-4 record with a 2.78 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage this season. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Tokarski could get start Saturday v Devils
    Don't be surprised if Dustin Tokarski gets his first start of the season against the Devils Saturday night.

    Advice: Mike Condon led the Habs to a 3-2 shootout win over the Devils Friday night in the first of a home-and-home series this weekend. It looks like the perfect time to give Tokarski a start. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 7:03 am
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