Luongo gets the nod on Thursday vs. Philly.
Luongo allowed a single goal on 24 shots and stopped an absurd 15 of 20 shootout attempts in Tuesday’s marathon win over the Capitals. Bobby Lu has won two games in a row for the first time since October 17th and 20th. Over the last two games he has posted a 1.38 GAA and .945 SV%. He should be safe to deploy vs. the Flyers—he made 36 saves in a 2-1 win in their first meeting.
Mason starts between the pipes on Thursday.
Mason allowed two goals on 22 shots in the Flyers 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Mason has gone 2-1-1 with a 1.76 GAA and .936 SV% over his last four starts. He will take on a Panthers team who have alternated wins and losses in their last nine contests—they have averaged 2.44 G/PG over that span.
Pickard will start all three games this week.
Pickard allowed three goals on 42 shots in the Avs’ 3-2 OT loss to the Blues on Saturday. With four days off between games, Pickard will start tonight and he will also start both games of the back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday. He makes for an excellent waiver wire addition because he is the clear number-1 net minder with Semyon Varlamov out.
We've completed the puzzle, Fleury will start for the Penguins.
Fleury allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Penguins win over the Lightning on Monday. He was not expected to play tonight, but after testing negative for mumps, he will make his 24th start of the season. Fleury has gone 4-0-1 with a 1.78 GAA and .938 SV% in December. He takes on an Avs’ team who have lost five of six.
Ward gets the nod for the Hurricanes.
Ward allowed four goals on 29 shots in the Hurricanes loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday. Despite losing four in a row with a 2.80 GAA and .883 SV%, the Hurricanes will start Ward again tonight vs. the Maple Leafs. Toronto is red-hot right now and the Canes are clearly struggling, so look elsewhere tonight.
Bobrovsky gets the nod vs. the Capitals.
Bobrovsky stopped all 30 shots and two out of three shootout attempts in Tuesday’s 1-0 shootout win over the Red Wings. It was Bob’s first shutout of the season and his seventh straight victory. He has posted a ridiculous 1.63 GAA and .950 SV% over the seven-game span and he will look to stay hot tonight vs. the Capitals. He made 39 saves in a 3-2 OT win in Washington last Thursday.
Andersen was the first goalie off at the Ducks morning skate.
Andersen was yanked after he allowed four goals on 20 shots in the Ducks loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The loss snapped a seven game winning streak for Andersen. Seven in a row sounds good, but Andersen has a 2.67 GAA and .903 SV% over the eight game span—showing the Ducks are really winning in spite of Andersen, not because of him.
Brodeur will start for the Blues on Thursday.
Brodeur allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Blues 4-2 win over the Panthers last Wednesday. He has played well in his three appearances with St. Louis—he is 2-1-0 with a 2.64 GAA and .904 SV%. He takes on a Kings team who have surprisingly dropped five of their last six while averaging just 2.17 goals per game.
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