Pucking Hockey Starting Goaltenders Confirmed 3-22-16
Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes
Chad Johnson vs Cam Ward
Johnson surrendered four goals on 31 shots in the Sabres loss in Toronto on Saturday. It was a rough outing for Johnson, who was starting on back-to-back nights. Johnson is 3-1-0 with a 2.13 GAA and .928 SV% in March and tonight he makes his third start vs. Carolina. The 29-year-old is 2-0-0 with a 1.44 GAA and .948 SV% in the first two meetings of the season.
Ward allowed two goals on 32 shots in the Hurricanes 3-2 shootout loss in Minnesota. Ward has lost two extra-time games in a row and now sits at 2-0-2 with a 2.36 GAA and .911 SV% in his last four outings. Tonight he will make his third start vs. the Sabres—Ward is 0-1-1 with a 3.43 GAA and .842 SV% in the first two meetings.
Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Steve Mason vs Sergei Bobrovsky
Bobrovsky gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Blue Jackets win over New Jersey on Saturday. Joonas Korpisalo started on Sunday, so they’ll come back to Bobrovsky tonight vs. his former team. Bob is 1-3-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .892 SV% since returning from a groin injury, but has been great in his career versus the Flyers—he is 4-1-0 with a 1.80 GAA, .940 SV% and one shutout in his first five starts vs. Philly.
Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens
John Gibson vs Mike Condon
Gibson allowed two goals on 29 shots in the Ducks win in Winnipeg on Sunday. The win snapped a three-game losing skid (0-2-1) for Gibson, who is now 6-4-1 with a 2.39 GAA and .906 SV% on the road this season. Tonight he faces a Montreal team that has lost four of his last five games while averaging just 1.20 goals per game.
Condon allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Canadiens loss to the Flames on Sunday. Condon has lost his last three starts while allowing a combined 11 goals on 92 shots (.880 SV%). Condon has struggled in the second half of the season and tonight he faces a Ducks team that has been surging since the All-Star break.
Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators
Braden Holtby vs Craig Anderson
Holtby was pulled after he allowed five goals on 26 shots in the Capitals loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Holtby is now 4-2-1 with a 2.46 GAA and .908 SV% in March and 19-6-3 with a 2.45 GAA and .916 SV% on the road this season. Tonight he faces an Ottawa team that has won three of their last four—Holtby stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 2-1 win in his first start vs. the Sens.
Anderson allowed three goals on 34 shots in the Senators loss in Buffalo on Friday. Since returning to the Senators crease on March 10th, Anderson has gone 2-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and .908 SV%. After Andrew Hammond started on Saturday, Anderson will get the nod tonight vs. the NHL-leading Washington Capitals. He has not faced the Caps this season and they surprisingly come in having lost three of their last five.
Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning
Jimmy Howard vs Ben Bishop
Howard allowed three goals on 26 shots in the Red Wings 5-3 win over the Panthers on Saturday. Even though Petr Mrazek (illness) is set dress tonight, Howard will get his third consecutive start. Howie has won two in a row while turning aside 50 of 54 shots (.926 SV%). Tonight will be his third start of the season against Tampa Bay—he is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .961 SV% in the first two.
Bishop stopped all 32 shots that he faced in the Lightning’s shutout win in Arizona on Saturday. Bishop has gone 4-2-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .945 SV% in seven starts in March. Tonight he will make his fourth start against the Red Wings—the 29-year-old netminder has gone 1-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .935 SV% in the first three meetings.
Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets
Ryan Miller vs Ondrej Pavelec
Pavelec allowed four goals on 36 shots in the Jets loss to the Blackhawks last Friday. Pavelec has lost four of his last five starts while posting a 3.25 GAA and .897 SV%. He has struggled, but tonight he draws a strong matchup vs. a Canucks team that has lost four in a row and been shutout in two straight. The matchup is there, but starting Pavelec comes with obvious risks.
Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild
Jonathan Quick vs Devan Dubnyk
Dubnyk allowed two goals on 31 shots in the Wild’s win in Chicago on Sunday. Dubnyk has won his last two starts while turning aside 60 of 64 shots (.938 SV%). Dubnyk has played very well in March, going 6-1-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV% in nine starts. Tonight he faces a Kings team that has won six of their last eight.
Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
Kari Lehtonen vs Scott Darling
Lehtonen stopped all 27 shots that he faced in the Stars 3-0 shutout win over the Islanders on Saturday. He has won two in a row and three of his last four while posting a 2.69 GAA and .889 SV%. Tonight marks his third start vs. the Blackhawks of the season—he has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .929 SV% in the first two.
Darling stopped 32 of 34 shots in the Blackhawks shootout loss to the Wild on Sunday. Darling has gone 1-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .941 SV% since taking over for the injured Corey Crawford. He has faced Dallas in relief twice this season, stopping 24 of 25 shots (.960 SV%). The Stars come in having gone 5-1-2 in their last eight contests.
Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes
Cam Talbot vs Mike Smith
Talbot stopped all 40 shots that he faced in the Oilers shutout win over the Canucks on Friday. Laurent Brossoit started Sunday, so Talbot will go tonight in Arizona. Talbot has won two in a row and has gone 6-2-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .945 SV% in March. Tonight will be his third start vs. the Coyotes and he comes in with a 1-1-0 record, 3.38 GAA and .889 SV% in the first two meetings.
Smith turned aside 33 of 35 shots in the Coyotes loss in San Jose on Sunday. Smith has played extremely well since returning to the Coyotes crease, going 2-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .972 SV% and one shutout. That shutout came against the Oilers, who he’ll face again tonight. That evening he turned aside all 44 shots and should make for a strong start again tonight.
St Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks
Brian Elliott vs Martin Jones
Elliott stopped all 19 shots that he faced to shutout the Canucks in his return to the Blues’ crease on Saturday. Elliott picked up right where he left off before suffering a lower-body injury on February 22nd. Elliott has gone 6-1-0 with a 2.08 GAA, .927 SV% and one shutout in his last seven starts. Tonight he faces a Sharks team that has won four of their last five.
Jones allowed one goal on 26 shots in the Sharks win over the Rangers on Saturday. James Reimer started on Sunday, so it will be Jones who faces the Blues tonight. Reimer has played very well in a Sharks uniform, but Jones has not slowed down either, going 4-2-0 wit ha 1.67 GAA and .939 SV% since the trade deadline. Tonight he faces a Blues team he is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .927 SV% against this season.
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