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Goalie nods: Bishop, Enroth and Bernier all likely to start

Oct 8, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

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Quick roundup of some of the NHL’s more intriguing (and ongoing) goalie battles…

Tampa Bay

Looks as though Ben Bishop will get his second straight start tonight in Buffalo.

The NHL’s tallest netminder, Bishop was outstanding in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Chicago, making 37 saves as the Bolts were badly outplayed (outshot 39-16) yet still managed to escape with a victory.

Tampa Bay actually got outshot 12-0 in the first period, marking the first time since 1946 the Blackhawks held an opponent to zero shots in a single frame.

The decision means Anders Lindback — who was named Tampa’s opening-night starter — will sit for the second straight time. Lindback was OK in a 3-1 loss to Boston, but not great, making just 22 saves on 25 shots.

Buffalo

Jhonas Enroth will make his second straight start in place of the injured Ryan Miller.

Enroth, 25, made 31 stops on 34 saves in a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, this after Miller got the starting nod in the first two games of the year (losses to Detroit and Ottawa).

Miller had played brilliantly before getting hurt, making 77 saves on 80 shots, good for a .963 save percentage.

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston wouldn’t confirm that Enroth would be the starter, but the Swedish netminder was the first off the ice for the morning skate. It’s expected Miller will dress, and back up.

Toronto

Jonathan Bernier will get a chance to take a further stranglehold on Toronto’s starting job tonight at the Air Canada Center.

Bernier, who was stellar in relief of James Reimer during Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa, will be in goal when the Leafs take on the Avalanche tonight.

Bernier’s numbers on the season are tremendous (granted, it’s a small sample size). He’s 2-0-0 with a .979 save percentage and 0.64 GAA and has yet to allow an even-strength goal.

For the Avs, it’s unclear who’ll get the nod. There was some thought J.S. Giguere would make his season debut for Colorado, but the Globe and Mail reports Semyon Varlamov looks likely to get the start.

  1. mistercue62 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Well it didn’t take long for Jonathan Bernier to demonstrate that he is by far the superior of the two goaltenders ostensibly “vying” for the job as the #1 backstop pf the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve been saying this all along in a myriad articles comparing the respective talents (or flagrant lack thereof in Reimer’s case) of the two players. In each and every instance, I was subjected to an onslaught of insults, derision, denial and downright anger by the legion of delusional, yet surprisingly vocal ‘Reimer-lovers’ without a shred of analysis in any of their reactionary attacks! Well it gives me great pleasure to finally be able to say with all of the smugness and self-satisfaction that accompanies this exhortation, “I TOLD YOU SO”!!!!!

    • mathieug79 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      same here, but it was mostly on twitter. Bernier will be a stud in goal for many years to come!

  2. valoisvipers - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Would you care for some cheese with that whine?

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