Description: What has gotten into Coyotes goalie Mike Smith?
Insight: OK, we shouldn't get too excited, but he has looked good in his last two games since the break. Smith posted a .929 save percentage on Tuesday and then allowed just one goal on 25 shots versus the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Unfortunately, Smith only won one of those games.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is playing pretty well replacing the injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky in net.
Insight: McElhinney made 25 saves on Tuesday and another 28 saves on 31 shots Thursday. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets were able to score enough to win Thursday as Columbus lost, 3-2. McElhinney is 5-7-1 this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby shut out the Penguins again on Wednesday.
Insight: Holtby and the Capitals have faced the Penguins twice this season and have shut them out both times, outscoring them 7-0. Holtby made 27 saves in the shutout and picked up his 23rd victory of the season.
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin picked up a victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin made 28 saves and allowed just two goals as Carolina won, 4-2. Khudobin is just 6-8-2 this season but his other numbers, 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage are better than Cam Ward's totals. Therfore, if owners have to own a Hurricanes' netminder, it should be Khudobin.
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin will start on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin went into the break having allowed two or fewer goals in each of this last six starts. He has a 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage in 16 games this season. If owners need goalie help, Khudobin could provide some.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will not attend the All-Star Game due to a lower-body injury he suffered Wednesday night.
Insight: Bobrovsky doesn't have a timetable to return. It would have been cool to see Bobrovsky in front of the home crowd in Columbus for the All-Star game, but he really doesn't have All-Star worthy numbers. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky really struggled on Wednesday.
Insight: Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 12 shots in about 28 minutes of ice time versus the Jets. Bobrovksy has been up-and-down this season but has been very disappointing overall. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh rallied from down, 2-0, to tie the game and send it into overtime. Despite picking up another point, the Penguins really could have used the victory. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games, two of which were in overtime or in a shootout. Fleury is 22-9-5 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Description: Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith continued his below average season on Tuesday versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Smith made 45 saves but also allowed six goals. Judging by the amount of work, owners can't completely blame Smith because the Arizona defense is one of the worst in the league. With a subpar goalie and bad defense, Smith should be left on the waiver wire.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta will get the nod Tuesday versus Arizona.
Insight: Chicago plays Wednesday night as well, with Corey Crawford likely starting that contest against Pittsburgh. Raanta is an intriguing daily option, as he owns a 6-3-0 record with a 1.96 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is doubtful for Saturday's game versus the Islanders.
Insight: It appears as though the Candiens will have to play for the top seed in the Eastern Conference without their top goaltender. Check back later, but more than likely, Dustin Tokarski will receive the start.
Description: Devils goal Cory Schneider left Friday's game after taking a shot close to the head in the first period according to the Star Ledger.
Insight: Anaheim's Matt Beleskey took a shot that hit Schneider in the collarbone and head area. NJ.com speculated that Schneider may have a head injury. He did not return to the game. In one period, Schneider stopped 14-of-15 shots, and New Jersey went on to lose, 5-1.
Description: Jets goalie Matt Hutchinson returned to the net on Friday and made 31 saves in a victory over the Blackhawks.
Insight: Winnipeg started former starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec on Thursday, and he made 46 saves in a, 2-1, victory over the Stars. Therefore, Hutchinson owners wanted to see him have a good game to avoid another goalie controversy. Hutchinson stopped 31-of-33 shots to improve to 13-4-2 on the season.
Description: Nashville backup goaltender Carter Hutton played alright in his first start since team doctors ruled starting goaltender Pikka Rinne out for three-to-five weeks with a knee injury.
Insight: Hutton allowed three goals but made 31 saves in a, 4-3, victory. Also, if you are going to allow three goals, two of them might as well be against one of the best players in the league in Alex Ovechkin.
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller recorded his second straight shutout on back-to-back nights.
Insight: Miller shutout the Flyers, turning aside all 30 shots on Thursday, and he stopped all 28 shot attempts from the Hurricanes on Friday. Miller has now not allowed a goal in seven periods. Miller is 22-9-1 with five shutouts this season.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed only two goals, but he and Columbus lost, 2-1, on Friday.
Insight: It looked like it might be another long night for Bobrovsky, who allowed two second period goals, but he finished by stopping 24-of-26 overall. With the loss, Bobrovsky fell to 15-14-2 this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in a victory over the Blues on Thursday.
Insight: Mrazek allowed a goal with under a minute to go that tied the game for the Blues, but Detroit was able to win in overtime. Mrazek is 7-3-1 with solid numbers backing up Jimmy Howard. If you need a goalie, you could do worse than Mrazek.
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in the, 4-2, victory over the Panthers on Thursday.
Insight: Varlamov allowed two goals to win his 11th game of the season. He doesn't have a great record, 11-9-5, or a good GAA, 2.74 heading into Thursday, but Varlamov had a very respectable .921 before taking the ice versus the Panthers. He has also won five of seven this month.
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask shutout the red hot New York Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Ok, so the Rangers aren't exactly red hot. They have been shutout for six straight periods now, but the Rangers had won 13 of 14 prior to the two straight shutouts. Rask stopped 30 shots on his way to his second shutout of the season.
Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery barely made it out of the first period as he allowed three goals on the first 12 shots of the game on Thursday.
Insight: The Canucks tagged Emery for two first-period goals and then another within the first two minutes of the second period. At that point, backup Rob Zepp replaced Emery, who is now 7-8-1 this season.
Description: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk's first game with the Minnesota Wild was a good one.
Insight: Dubnyk stopped all 18 shots he faced, and the Minnesota offense exploded for seven goals to beat Buffalo, 7-0. As important as the strong goaltending was for Minnesota, the Wild's defense was much better, although the Sabres aren't exactly an offensive powerhouse. Either way, fantasy owners who rolled the dice with Dubnyk in his first start in Minnesota, are extremely pleased.
Description: Canadiens Dustin Tokarski will start on Thursday against the Senators.
Insight: Carey Price won Wednesday night, 3-2, over the Blue Jackets, so he will get the night off. Tokarski hasn't played much this season, but when called upon, he has been solid. Tokarski is 4-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.23 GAA.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start on Thursday against the Bruins.
Insight: Talbot played the third period of the, 3-0, loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, so Alain Vigneault will stick with the hot hand. Talbot stopped all 12 shots he faced in the period. This will be his ninth start of the season.
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will miss the next three games and All-Star Weekend due to a knee injury, the team announced.
Insight: Carter Hutton should see most of the work between the pipes, but he Predators did call up Marek Mazanec. Rinne has been fantastic this season, going 29-6-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage. Hutton is 0-3-2 this season while Mazanec was 8-10-0 last season.