Confirmed NHL Starting Goalies Monday December 21st 2015
12/21/15 Starting goalies for all of your fantasy hockey and sport handicapping tips. Confirmed NHL Starting Goalies Monday December 21st 2015
Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders
Frederik Andersen vs Jaroslav Halak
Halak made 28 saves on 29 shots, but still walked away on the losing end of a 1-0 shutout loss in Arizona on Saturday. Louis Domingue shut the door on the Isles offense and Halak suffered his second straight loss. Halak is now 3-2-1 with a 2.25 GAA and .924 SV% in December and he should make for a strong start tonight vs. a Ducks teams that ranks last in the NHL in scoring.
St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers
Allen allowed one goal on 28 shots in the Blues win over the Predators on Thursday. Allen has won four of his last five outings while posting a 1.41 GAA and .946 SV%. After Brian Elliott started on Saturday, the Blues will go back to Allen tonight in Philly. Allen comes in at 6-2-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .927 SV% on the road this season.
Mason surrendered two goals on 37 shots in the Flyers 3-2 shootout loss in Columbus on Saturday. Despite the loss it was another strong outing for Mason, who has now stopped 71 of the last 73 (.973 SV%) shots that he has faced. Tonight it looks like he will make his third straight start—he would face a Blues team that has won three in a row.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
Korpisalo made 30 saves on 32 shot attempts in the Blue Jackets win over Philadelphia on Saturday. It was his first win of his NHL career and it was done in impressive fashion. He has posted a 2.94 GAA and .909 SV% in three starts and tonight he will face a Penguins team that will be without Sidney Crosby and that has lost five in a row while averaging just 1.20 goals per game.
Murray stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Penguins 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in his NHL debut on Saturday. Murray fell behind 2-0 just 15 minutes into the game, but was able to close the door for the remaining 45 minutes, but it still wasn’t enough. He draws a solid matchup tonight vs. a Blue Jackets team that has won two in a row, but have lost five of their last seven.
Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
Braden Holtby vs Cam Ward
Ward stopped 37 of 38 shots in the Hurricanes 2-1 over the Penguins on Saturday. Starting on back-to-back nights, Ward was sensational, earning his 10th win of the season. Wards 3-1-0 with a 2.79 GAA and .903 SV% in December and tonight will be his second start vs. Washington—in their first meeting he surrendered four goals on 34 shots.
Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators
Tokarski stopped all four shots that he faced after replacing a struggling Mike Condon on Saturday. Without Carey Price, the Canadiens have struggled as of late, but look for Tokarski to get back in goal in Nashville. Tokarski has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .893 SV% with the Habs this season—he will face a Predators team that has lost six of nine.
Rinne allowed two goals on 22 shots in the Predators win over the Wild on Saturday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Rinne, who is now 3-4-2 with a 2.46 GAA and .903 SV% in December. Despite his recent struggles, Rinne makes for an excellent start tonight. He will face a Canadiens team that has lost seven of their last eight games.
Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Dubnyk allowed three goals on 39 shots in the Wild’s loss in Nashville on Saturday. Dubnyk has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .919 SV% since returning from a groin injury. Tonight he will make his third consecutive start and his second start against Dallas this season—he allowed three goals on 36 shots in an overtime loss in Dallas on November 14th.
Lehtonen surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the Stars loss to the Flames on Thursday. Lehtonen is 2-1-0 with a 2.86 GAA and .898 SV% in December and tonight he will face the Wild for the second time—he was victorious in the first meeting and he comes in with a 7-0-0 record, 2.00 GAA and .931 SV% on the road this season
Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche
Varlamov stopped 39 of 40 shots in Colorado’s win over the Oilers on Saturday. Varlamov has won six straight starts while posting an impressive 0.99 GAA, .970 SV% and one shutout. The 27-year-old has turned things around in a big way, leading all NHL goalies with seven wins in December. Tonight he will go for a career-high seven-game winning steak against the 11-13-7 Maple Leafs.
Bernier stopped all 26 shots that he faced in the Maple Leafs shutout won over the Kings on Saturday. It was an impressive way for Bernier to record his first win of the season. Bernier has had a brutal year, but maybe Saturday will jump start his season.
Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers
Connor Hellebuyck vs Cam Talbot
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