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    • Antti Niemi gives up two in second in win
      Antti Niemi blocked 18 of 20 shots in San Jose’s 3-2 victory against the Blues on Saturday night.

      Advice: Niemi gave up both goals in the second period. He did just enough to escape with his seventh straight win. Niemi has a 2.42 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Alex Stalock get the start against the Ducks on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    • Jake Allen makes 27 saves as Blues fall in OT
      Jake Allen gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Blues’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose on Saturday night.

      Advice: The overtime loss halts a mini three-game winning streak, though Allen has gotten the Blues at least a point in four straight games now. He was 21 seconds away from winning in regulation. Even with Martin Brodeur around, Jake Allen has firmly entrenched himself as the top netminder. He has a 2.49 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Ryan Miller snaps 3-game skid, wins in OT
      Ryan Miller set aside 26 shots in the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win against Calgary on Saturday night.

      Advice: Miller needed a performance like this in a big way, as he had lost three straight and really hasn’t been all that great this season. Despite three shutouts, Miller has just a 2.65 goals-against average and .901 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Jonas Hiller makes 30 saves in OT loss
      Jonas Hiller made 30 saves as the Flames fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks on Saturday night.

      Advice: This effort should be plenty good enough to get Hiller the majority of the starts in the near future. Even though he hasn’t won since Nov. 18, Hiller has given up two goals in each of his last three starts. He has a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Pekka Rinne has rare off night in OT win
      Pekka Rinne was lucky to end up with a win after giving up five goals in the Predators’ 6-5 overtime victory against Minnesota on Saturday night.

      Advice: Rinne made just 22 saves in the win. To put this in perspective, he had given up five goals, total, over his last five games. Thus, we’ll let this one slide. Rinne still has a 1.87 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    • Darcy Kuemper pulled after first period
      Darcy Kuemper lasted just one period in the Wild’s 6-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

      Advice: Not what the Wild were hoping for here. Kuemper, who was sick earlier in the week, gave up three goals on 14 shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. He now has a 2.56 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Niklas Backstrom came in to play the rest of the game, making 27 of 30 saves. He has a 2.58 GAA and .901 SV%. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:18 pm
    • Carey Price makes 24 saves in win over Sens
      Carey Price set aside 24 shots in Montreal’s 4-1 win over the Senators on Saturday night.

      Advice: Things didn’t start off so promising for the Canadiens in this one as they fell behind 1-0 less than three minutes in after a shorthanded goal. Price held it together from that point forward, though. He has four wins over his last five games. Price sports a nifty 2.27 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    • Lehner's trend of subpar outings continues
      Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 29 shots in the Senators’ 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

      Advice: Lehner and Craig Anderson continue to share the job in net, but Lehner has now given up four goals in three of his last four starts. He has a 2.93 goals-against average and .909 save percentage this season. This type of timeshare makes both goalies risky to trust in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    • Bernier gives up touchdown to Flyers in loss
      Jonathan Bernier was blasted for a touchdown on 41 shots in the Leafs’ 7-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night.

      Advice: This is the type of performance that can sink a fantasy week, for those who play in head-to-head leagues. The Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and it was pretty much all downhill from there. Bernier gave up three in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. James Reimer came on for 10:28 and made a save on the only shot he faced. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:09 pm
    • Halak makes 20 saves for fourth straight win
      Jaroslav Halak blocked 20 of 21 shots Saturday night in the Islanders’ 3-1 win over the Lightning on Saturday night.

      Advice: Halak’s masterful season continues. It looked like he was going to wind up the loser as the Lightning couldn’t solve Andrei Vasilevskiy until late in the third period. Halak has now won four straight games. He is 18-6-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:54 pm
    • Jonathan Quick wins 14th in quiet start
      The Arizona Coyotes didn't really test Jonathan Quick's limits in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-2 win on Saturday.

      Advice: Quick only needed to stop 15 out of 17 shots to improve his 2014-15 record to 14-8-5. He's been putting up nice individual stats with a .923 save percentage and three shutouts, too. He's now won two straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:46 pm
    • Rangers wanted multiyear deal with Talbot
      The Rangers were hoping to sign Cam Talbot to a multiyear extension, prior to the one-year deal he signed Friday.

      Advice: Talbot is 27 years old, so a longer extension would certainly diminish the chances of him doing so elsewhere. "He did want the one-year security," agent George Bazos said. "Part of the issue was, at times the Rangers wanted more years. From our standpoint and from his standpoint, he does want to become a No. 1 goalie and that’s why we didn’t want to tie up more than one year." Talbot has a 2.34 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this year, in seven games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:33 pm
    • Pavelec likely to start Sunday v Flyers
      Look for Winnipeg to continue it's alternating goalie rotation.

      Advice: That means that Ondrej Pavelec will get the start Sunday night against the Flyers. Michael Hutchinson has been outstanding as Pavelec's partner in the Jets' net but will get the night off after playing in Winnipeg's last game. As both Pavelec and Hutchinson are very capable NHL goalies we expect the job share to continue well into the new year before coach Paul Maurice settles on a single netminder. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:23 am
    • Red Wings hope Jimmy Howard's back Tuesday
      The Detroit Red Wings are hoping that Jimmy Howard will be able to return from his lower-body injury on Tuesday, although they still need him to undergo testing.

      Advice: Howard left last night's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders after the first period. The good news is that the holiday break could give him extra time to heal if he has any setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:53 am
    • Berra needs to pick up game to stay in NHL
      Although it is likely that phenom Calvin Pickard will return to the AHL next week when Semyon Varlamov returns to action, Reto Berra will be challenged to keep his spot on the Avalanche long term.

      Advice: Colorado coach Patrick Roy is not very happy about sending Pickard back to the minors based on the way the 22-year-old has played. However, the Avs have invested $1.4 million in Berra to be Varlamov's back up this season and will give him a little longer to improve his game. That said, Roy won't wait forever. He will want to see Berra competing harder in practices or else he could turn to Pickard as the club's second netminder. Stay tuned. This could get interesting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:50 am
    • Still no timetable for Semyon Varlamov
      Patrick Roy said that there's no specific timetable for Semyon Varlamov's return from a groin injury.

      Advice: Roy also noted that Calvin Pickard can still be with the team during the holiday freeze because he was an emergency call up. Varlamov is 4-6-5 with a .909 save percentage this season while Pickard has put together some strong work in going 4-5-2 with an impressive .934 save percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 am
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    • Reimer likely starter Sunday v Hawks
      Look for James Reimer to get the start against the Blackhawks Sunday night.

      Advice: He will likely play the second game of back-to-back contests this weekend as Jonathan Bernier will start against the Flyers Saturday night. Reimer has played very well in limited action in December stopping 74 of 78 shots. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:58 am
    • Bishop taking live shots in practise Saturday
      Ben Bishop (lower-body injury) is taking live shots in practice Saturday morning.

      Advice: Perhaps Bishop will be able to return to action Tuesday for Tampa's last game before the Christmas break. If not it is still a good sign that his recovery has gone well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:44 am
    • Karri Ramo does not have the mumps
      Karri Ramo tested negatively for the mumps.

      Advice: That was good news as Ramo was only suffering from an illness. He skated with the team on Friday and could return to the cage as early as Saturday in Vancouver. He is 8-5-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .903 save percentage. With the Flames in a seven game tailspin, coach Bob Hartley could go back to Ramo. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:09 am
    • Tuukka Rask makes 25 saves but takes loss
      Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots but it wasn't enough in the Bruins 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Friday.

      Advice: Rask was the tough luck loser again in the net which is becoming the all too common theme for the Bruins who have had trouble scoring this season. Rask is win-less in four straight starts now and owns a 12-10-3 record on the season. Rask has just two wins in his last 8 starts overall and carries a 2.50 goals against average and .914 save percentage into his next start. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:50 pm
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