The Net Effect

10/19/2010 4:40 PM -  David Satriano

Pittsburgh Penguins: Including last night’s game, Brent Johnson has started four of the Penguins’ last five games. He is 4-0-0 with a 1.32 GAA and a .953 SV%.  Johnson allowed two goals on 36 shots to the Senators Monday night in a 5-2 win, picking up his fourth win of the season. Compare that with Marc-Andre Fleury’s numbers: 0-3, 3.41 GAA, .853 SV%, and Johnson could see some extended playing time. Fleury allowed four goals on 14 shots to the Maple Leafs last Wednesday, and hasn’t played since.

Ottawa Senators: Big surprise here: Pascal Leclaire is injured again. After playing just two minutes of a game last week against the Hurricanes, Leclaire left the game with a groin injury. The Sens have called up Robin Lehner to be the new backup goalie, with Brian Elliott set to take the starts. Leclaire has played more than 40 games just once in his career (54 in 2007-2008), and has shown that once again he is too frail to be a viable fantasy option. Elliott, meanwhile, did himself no favors last night allowing five goals to the Penguins on 22 shots, before being replaced by Lehner halfway through the second period. Lehner stopped all 10 shots he faced.

Boston Bruins: Tim Thomas has started the past two games for the Bruins, winning both. Thomas is also slated to be between the pipes on Tuesday night. He is 2-0-0 while stopping 60 of 61 shots overall. The Bruins have only played three games thus far, including two in Europe. Tuukka Rask started the first game of the season on October 9. He allowed four goals in a 5-2 loss to Phoenix, but hasn’t played since. This situation should become clearer as the Bruins play more games.

Nashville Predators: With the injury to Pekka Rinne last week, backup goalie Anders Lindback has seen all the starts, going 2-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and a .921 SV%. While those are very good numbers, it’s Rinne’s team now that Ellis is no longer with Nashville.  Rinne, who has been out with a back injury was expected to start Tuesday against Calgary. He’s started 49 and 54 games the past two years respectively, and that number should increase again this year if he manages to stay healthy. If not, Lindback has shown he’s capable of filling in.

Other situations to watch:
Atlanta Thrashers:
Ondrej Pavelec has been cleared to practice with the team, though it is unsure when he will return. When he does, he will probably be eased in, but Chris Mason will probably get some days off.

Chicago Blackhawks: Through the first four games, Marty Turco and Corey Crawford had gotten two starts each for the Blackhawks, but since then Turco has started three in a row. With three games in four nights this week, Crawford should be in line for at least one of those starts.

New York Islanders: While Rick DiPietro remains healthy for now, Dwayne Roloson has been playing well. Each goalie has made three starts, with Roloson posting the better numbers thus far.

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