The Red Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on a one-year contract extension worth $1.85 million.
Gustavsson has spent the last two seasons as the Red Wings back-up while earning $1.5 million. He gets a raise heading into 2014-15 after turning in a 16-5-4 record with a 2.65 GAA and .907 SV%. Jimmy Howard is the Red Wings clear number-1, but The Monster was as steady a number-2 as there was last season. Should Howie struggle again next season, Gustavsson's fantasy value will once again be on the rise.
After Howard was a very late scratch on Thursday, the Monster gets another crack at the Bruins. Despite losing Game 4, it's tough to put any blame on goaltending and the Wings should have a good opportunity to win with Gustavsson in net.
Gustavsson allowed five goals on 26 shots in a loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. The win snapped a three-game winning streak for The Monster. The Wings need one point to clinch a playoff spot, but it won't come easy tonight in Pittsburgh.
Gustavsson will start for the Red Wings on Saturday.
Gustavsson stopped 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 win over the Lightning last Sunday. Jimmy Howard has really turned things around lately, which has limited The Monster's starts. However, Gustavsson has been solid when called upon this season, going 16-4-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .912 SV% in 24 starts. He made 30 saves in a 4-1 win over Montreal the only time he faced them this season.
Gustavsson allowed four goals on 25 shots in a win over the Devils on March 7. He has not played in the last 12 games, but will start in a crucial game tonight vs. the Lightning. The Monster is 15-4-3 with a 2.54 GAA and.912 SV% this season. He makes for a reasonable Sunday spot-start.
Gustavsson (groin) will return as Jimmy Howard's backup Thursday.
Gustavsson has missed the last five games with a groin injury, but will return to his back-up role tonight. The Red Wings are going to lean on Jimmy Howard down the stretch, but should he falter, Gustavsson will be there to pick up the slack.
Gustavsson starts the second game of the back-to-back for Detroit.
Gustavsson stopped 37 of 38 shots in a win over the Senators last Thursday. The Red Wings are coming off of a disappointing OT loss to the Avs last night, so Gustavsson will look to right the ship tonight vs. the Devils. The Wings blew a third period lead against New Jersey on Tuesday, they will look to finish things out with two points tonight with 'The Monster' between the pipes.
Gustavsson starts the second game of the back-to-back.
Gustavsson stopped all eight shots before departing with dizziness vs. the Canucks on Feb. 3. 'The Monster' is 13-4-3 with a 2.55 GAA .911 SV% this season. Tonight marks his second start against the Senators this season, he stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 4-2 win in December.
Gustavsson gave up five goals on 28 shots in a 5-0 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday. 'The Monster' finished January with a 2-1-1 record, 3.36 GAA and .893 SV%. He has not been great as of late, but draws a good matchup tonight vs. a Canucks team who have lost three in a row.
Gustavsson allowed four goals on 37 shots in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers on Sunday. Despite Jimmy Howard being activated on Monday, 'The Monster' will make his fourth straight starts will Howie gets some more rest. He will need to be in top-form tonight with the Red Wings without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg vs. the Flyers.