Fantasy Top 30 Goalies: Giving Thanks To Backups – Yahoo Sports

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Pickard, a 22-year-old rookie, is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Colorado. Owned in just six percent of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, he made 72 consecutive saves over the span of 108:28 minutes before finally allowing a power-play goal to Jonathan Toews in the second period of a 3-2 loss Tuesday to Chicago. He’s not only the first goalie in NHL history to earn his first two wins in relief in consecutive games, but he accomplished this while the Avalanche are missing some key players, including John Mitchell , Erik Johnson , Jamie McGinn , and Ryan Wilson . Combined with the likes of more reliable assets like Martin Jones ( Los Angeles Kings ), Dustin Tokarski ( Montreal Canadiens ) and Thomas Greiss ( Pittsburgh Penguins ), Pickard is a perfect example of a growing trend across the League. Regardless of age or experience, backups and third-stringers are performing well enough to create a more even distribution of playing time. And that’s something to truly be thankful for if you ever run into injury issues with your own starting goalies. Name Jaroslav Halak , New York Islanders During his current eight-game winning streak, the red-hot Slovak has posted a 1.21 goals-against average, a .953 save percentage, and three shutouts. On the season, he is a perfect 5-0 in games that go past regulation, including 3-0 in the shootout. TRENDING DOWN Cam Ward , Carolina Hurricanes Just when you thought Ward was starting to turn a corner this season, he goes and loses four of his past five games, allowing 14 goals on 154 shots. He is now just 2-6-0 with a .891 save percentage on the road. KEEP AN EYE ON Martin Brodeur , UFA Due to Elliott’s week-to-week lower-body injury, the Blues have invited Brodeur to practice (via a tryout) with the team starting Friday. source:–nhl.html

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Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings - 11/29/2014

Hopefully hes not out long. The goaltender remained down for a lengthy period of time before testing out his leg with trainer Ray Barile. After several minutes and a long discussion with Barile, Elliott reluctantly limped down the tunnel to the Blues locker room. Jake Allen took over in goal. Its real tough, said defenseman Barret Jackman. He will get evaluated tomorrow and we will see how bad it is. Hes been playing unbelievable for us. Jake did a good job coming in, too. He wanted to stay. I dont know what was said between him and Ray, but probably precautionary, him coming out. Before exiting the game, Elliott stopped all 16 shots he faced. Should Elliott be out for any length of time, the Blues may be forced to maneuver their roster a bit. source:

Elliott exits Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury | St. Louis

Patrick Kane ‘s score in the third period to extend his goal streak to four games was impressive, but the final 30-plus minutes were mostly an exercise in futility. For the Blackhawks, who have routinely put up dominant possession numbers and unreasonably low shooting percentages, this was really the perfect matchup to break out. The Oilers aren’t as bad as their records indicates, but goaltending has been a major issue for the team this season, and Saturday’s performance didn’t build much confidence. The Blackhawks entered Saturday taking over 37 shots per game, easily the highest in the league, but their shooting percentage was 7.4 percent — 28th in the league. An offense led by guys like Kane, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews was going to start finding the back of the net more regularly, and on Saturday, that’s precisely what happened. The team only got 30 shots, but a 23.3 shooting percentage certainly swayed the results. Chicago doesn’t one of the best records in the league yet, but it’s climbing the standings, and few teams have played better of late. Not as if you needed a reminder, but the Blackhawks are indeed for real this season. All the NHL Scores Coyotes 4, Sharks 3 (SO) Three things we learned 1. Isles turn it around. A day after blowing a lead to Pittsburgh on the road, the Islanders rebounded against the Penguins to get a 4-1 win at Nassau Coliseum. source:

Jordan Nolan scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for Los Angeles. It was the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals, won in seven games by the eventual Cup champion Kings. Trailing 2-0, the Kings got on the board at 5:53 of the second period when defenseman Jake Muzzin’s slap shot from the left point hit the shaft of Nolan’s stick and fluttered between Crawford’s pads. It was the first goal in 14 games this season for Nolan, who would have been a healthy scratch if not for Marian Gaborik’s upper-body injury. Chicago regained its two-goal margin at 8:14 of the second on a rush in which four players touched the puck in the Kings end. Richards converted Michal Rozsival’s pass at the left of the net for his sixth goal and third in two games. Richards failed to score a goal for the New York Rangers during last season’s Stanley Cup finals. Carcillo opened the scoring at 1:52 of the first, batting in his own rebound after the Kings won a faceoff in their zone and turned over the puck. Just 28 seconds after serving Crawford’s tripping penalty, Kris Versteeg took the puck away from Quick and Matt Greene behind the net and found Richards at the left of the crease for a one-timer that beat Quick with 2:01 left in the first. NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez missed his seventh straight game because of an upper-body injury. … This was the sixth time this season that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both failed to get a point for the Blackhawks, and the first time the team won (1-4-1). source:–nhl.html


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