Confirmed NHL Starting Goalies With Stats Thursday December 31st 2015
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New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
Thomas Greiss vs Chad Johnson (confirmed)
Thomas Greiss allowed three goals on 33 shots in a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs of Tuesday. With Halak injured for a good portion of the season so far, Greiss has really stepped in admirably for the Islanders. He will be a fantasy option as long as Halak stays on the shelf. He now has 10 wins in 17 games to improve his record to 10-5-2.
Linus Ullmark was in goal for Monday’s 2-0 loss to the Capitals. Robin Lehner is getting close to returning to the lineup, but until he is ready Johnson and Ullmark will continue to share starts.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings
Jeff Zatkoff vs Petr Mrazek (confirmed)
Jeff Zatkoff allowed one goal on 28 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Jets on Sunday. Zatkoff played well in relief of the injured Fleury but still couldn’t get the struggling Penguins a win. Zatkoff is now 2-4-1 on the season
Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek made 32 saves and was generally solid Monday night but he and the Red Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to the Wild in Minnesota. Mrazek’s proving to be a bit of a tough-luck goalie. On a lot of nights, his teammates have trouble scoring for him. His record after Monday’s loss is 11-7-3. His goals-against average is now 2.28 and his save percentage is .925
He blanked the Sabres on Monday with 31 stops. Holtby has posted a 16-0-1 record in his last 18 games with two shutouts, a 1.74 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage
ie Lack was terrific Sunday night kicking out 35 of 36 Chicago shots in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks, while Cam Ward defeated the Devils 3-1 Saturday night and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his last four starts
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced during Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings Monday night. Dubnyk was solid, making several first-rate saves. Not bad insofar as he wasn’t even supposed to start this game. Darcy Kuemper was scheduled to play couldn’t because of an upper-body injury. Dubnyk improved his overall record to a respectable 15-10-2. His goals-against average is now 2.37 and his save percentage improved to .917
Jake Allen stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Nashville on Tuesday. Allen is enjoying a great season, finally putting his stamp on the Blues starting goaltending position. The win improves his record to 18-8-2 in 29 games this season.
Corey Crawford allowed five goals but still got the win in Chicago’s 7-5 decision over Arizona on Tuesday. Anytime you allow five goals it’s never the finest performance but Crawford still picked up the much needed win for the Hawks. Crawford is having a great season with a 19-10-2 record to go with a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage in 31 games this season.
Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 28 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Coyotes. After a tough start to the season, Varlamov has responded well lately but still wasn’t good enough to lead his team to victory tonight. The Avalanche are playing again on Monday night, but Reto Berra is expected to start in goal. Varlamov is now 12-10-1 on the year.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced in the Predators’ 5-3 triumph over the visiting New York Rangers Monday night. Rinne hasn’t been quite as stellar as he has been in the past but his victory Monday gave him an overall record of 15-10-6 in 31 games and he is sporting a goals-against average of 2.38 and a save percentage of .910
The NHL has tabbed Antti Niemi as the second star of the week. He earned a 2-0-1 record with a 1.02 goals-against average, a .966 save percentage and one shutout. Niemi got his third goose egg of the season in a 20-save blanking of Chicago last Monday.
Jonathan Quick made 42 saves in the Kings’ 5-2 win over Edmonton Tuesday. Starting on back-to-back nights, the star goalie was as good as ever. He just came off a shutout of the Canucks the night before as well. He now has three wins against the Oilers this season and has allowed a combined seven goals in those games. The 29 year-old is arguably having one of the best seasons of his career with 20 wins already in 30 starts to go with a 2.20 GAA and .920 save percentage.
Karri Ramo allowed just one goal but the Flames were shutout 1-0 by Anahiem. Ramo continued his hot stretch of play, allowing just one goal on 21 shots but was the hard luck loser. The Flames did have their 12 game winning streak on home ice snapped with the loss. Despite the loss, Ramo improved his GAA to 2.68 to go with a 13-11-1 record in 25 games. The Flames look like a team on the rise as the second have the season looms ahead and Ramo could be a big part of it
John Gibson stopped all 14 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout of Calgary on Tuesday night. The Ducks were content to play defensive hockey for most of this game and Gibson was the clear benefactor. Gibson now has back-to-back wins and a 6-4-2 record to go with a stellar 1.81 GAA and .926 save percentage in 13 appearances this season. He has three shutouts in limited starts since getting called up. It hasn’t been goaltending that has held Anaheim back this season.
Cam Talbot allowed three goals on 14 shots before getting pulled in an eventual 5-2 loss to LA on Tuesday. This ends a nice stretch of starts for Talbot who was expected to be lead horse for the Oilers this season. His numbers are not good overall though as he is just 5-10-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .901 save percentage in 19 games. Anders Nilsson who has been the better goalie this year, came in and allowed two goals on 19 shots.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. Hellebuyck continues to be one of the surprises of the season. Many thought Pavelec and Hutchinson would be fighting for number one duties in Winnipeg, but Hellebuyck took advantage of injuries and made the job his own. Even with the impending return of Pavelec, we’d be shocked if the Jets sent Hellebuyck back down to the minors
Louis Domingue allowed three goals on 22 shots and was pulled in a 7-5 loss to Chicago on Tuesday. After three straight solid starts in his first call-up this season, he has come down to earth with two straight bad ones. He has allowed seven goals on 55 shots in those two games after stopping 99 of the first 107 he saw since Mike Smith got injured. He likely will still get the starts in the wake of Smith as Lindback allowed three goals on just four shots in relief and seems to have lost any confidence he might have had with head coach Dave Tippett
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