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Goalie nods: Halak starts again, Mason goes for Flyers

Mar 20, 2014, 3:44 PM EST

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News and notes from around the crease…

Caps riding Halak

Jaroslav Halak will make his seventh straight start on Thursday when the Caps take on the Kings in L.A.

Halak, who has all but taken Washington’s No. 1 gig and bolted Braden Holtby to the pine, was brilliant in his last outing, stopping 43 of 45 shots in a 3-2 win over the Ducks in Anaheim. The Slovakian netminder is now 4-2-0 since joining the Caps at the trade deadline, with a .931 save percentage and 2.35 GAA.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is likely to get the start.

Mason back in

The red-hot Philadelphia Flyers will go back to Steve Mason tonight against Dallas.

Mason, who will be starting for the ninth time in the last 10 games, got a rest on Tuesday (when Ray Emery beat Chicago), which came after winning back-to-back games against Pittsburgh over the weekend. The former Columbus ‘tender has stopped 69 of the last 74 shots he’s faced, and has seen his overall save percentage rise to .914 on the year as a result.

For the Stars, it looks as though Tim Thomas will get the nod in net.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Devils: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Cory Schneider (read more on Bryz here)

Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Carey Price

Bolts at Sens: Robin Lehner for Ottawa; Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay

Pens at Red Wings: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Jimmy Howard

Sabres at Oilers: Matt Hackett vs. Ben Scrivens

Panthers at Coyotes: Roberto Luongo vs. Mike Smith

Ducks at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.

  1. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Well, it’s pretty undisputable Halak has taken the starting job for Holtby. He’s earned it, as he’s played very very well, but it sucks to see Holtby get regulated to backup duty after him being such a good story and bright spot for the Caps the past two seasons. Hope he doesn’t request a trade like half of the rest of the team has in the offseason, although I sort of doubt that Halak is back with us next year.

    • bsaures - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Being a backup for the rest of the season may not be a bad thing. Halak at the moment is the better goalie and Holtby knows he hasnt gotten it done this year and may humble him a bit and encourage him to work even harder. I also dont see Halak coming back with there being opportunities in VAN, CAL, MIN, NYI, and evven BUF with less pressure from the backup compared to WSH.

  2. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Also, completely unrelated, but really nice story here about the Stars having a 9-year old hockey player from Philly with the same condition Rich Peverley has practice with them…PHT you should make a post about it, worth the read just for the feels:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=710447&navid=nhl:topheads

  3. stunzeed5 - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    1. I like Holtby
    2. That being said Holtby=Neuvirth
    3. Halak > Holtby
    4. Hope we re-sign Halak

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