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Raja
02-22-2011, 10:04 AM
Disclaimer: All of the following are based on my (hopefully) unbiased opinion and are in no way statistical fact. Factors going into my decisions include goalie skill, match up, career stats vs, and recent trends. How many goalies start reflects how much I write about them, usually. If you disagree about anything feel free to voice your opinion!

C = CONFIRMATION: All confirmations are listed below or click here (http://goaliestatus.com/)

Must Start
C Rinne @CLB: Rinne has had a few rocky starts recently, so he might have to move down if the trend continues. Still though, even with 3 poor starts he's got a great 2.03gaa and .935sv% this month.
Niemi @DET: 11-2-1 in his last 14, there seems to be no slowing the Sharks down now. He earned his 3rd shutout in an 8 game span against Colorado last game.
Luongo vs MTL: Luongo has won 7 of his last 9, and allowed 2 or less in 6 of them.
Thomas @CGY: One more start and he's moving down. 15 goals allowed in his last 4, something you couldn't say about Thomas for a very long time.
Backstrom @EDM: Backstrom has been incredible since returning from injury. I would have made him Must Start anyways, but the 16-2-1 record and awesome stats against Edmonton certainly help.

Good Start
C Bryzgalov @PHI: 7 wins in a row, Bryzgalov is studding it up. What ever injury problems he had earlier in the season seem gone for sure.
C Bobrovsky vs PHX: Bobrovsky has won 8 of his last 11. Boucher's veteran presence is helping Bob just as much as he's pushing Boucher himself.
C Reimer vs NYI: Reimer continues to impress, improving his numbers from last month. He's coming off a shootout shutout loss, but Ottawa isn't tough to beat these days. He's only started 13 games but already has 2 more wins than Gustvasson and only 3 behind Giguere.
Howard vs SJS: It seems Howard is among a list of several resurgent goalies, winning 4 straight, and allowing 2 or less in 6 of his last 7. Is it a coincidence the turn around occurred immediately Datsyuk returned? Probably not.
C Hedberg @DAL: When I heard Brodeur was healthy I prematurely dropped Hedberg because I figured he'd get starts again, and I'm really hoping that happens soon, but he hasn't given them a reason to. Jersey has been white hot, as I'm sure all of you know.
Kiprusoff vs BOS: I found it pretty surprising when I saw that Kipper is the league leader in wins since the lock out in a blurb during the Heritage classic. Him and the team have been great since Sutter left.

Toss Up
C Montoya @TOR: It appears all Montoya needed was a chance, as he's performing far beyond recent expectations, but exactly like his draft position (6th overall). Can he keep it up?
C Ward vs NYR: Ward's struggle continues, but he's better this month than last month which is a plus. If he can replicate December numbers for a decent stretch he should end with a good year.
C Mason vs NSH: Bronchitis didn't seem to phase Mason, who seems to be putting up good numbers again, ish. Would you believe it if I told you he's got a 2.41gaa and .926sv% this month? He had similar numbers in November though, so don't get too excited.
C Price @VAN: Price let in 7 goals in his first meeting against Vancouver, but shut them out in his 2nd game. His last 2 starts haven't been great either, but outdoor games shouldn't count towards the regular season.

Weak Start
Lundqvist @CAR: Whatever happened to Lundy in the last month needs to stop. He's gone 3-6-1 in his last 10, allowing 3 or more in 8.
C Conklin vs COL: He's been decent and had a shutout recently, but St.Louis goaltending seems to be a mess with Halak gone, and even he wasn't doing well. Johnson is better than Shattenkirk defensively, so expect some more high scoring games to get wins.
C Lehtonen vs NJD: Throw Lehtonen in with Ward and Lundy, another goalie who went from scorching hot to ridiculously cold. He's won 1 of his last 8.
Khabibulin vs MIN: 2 great starts in a row, and Dubnyk gets the start after. Have they finally realized Khabi needs long breaks to continue solid play?

Don't Start
C Budaj @STL: We'll see who wins the trade tonight as Stewart/Shattenkirk square off against Johnson. Considering how bad Budaj has been it's surprising Elliott isn't getting a chance.

bearcats
02-22-2011, 12:05 PM
http://twitter.com/gmacsports/status/39818295460896768#

price

http://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/39818194285760512#

hedberg

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/stars/post/_/id/8237/dallas-stars-injury-update-2

lehtonen

http://twitter.com/SWhyno/statuses/40093915650600960

bryzgalov

http://twitter.com/lkorac10/status/40088305601220608#

conklin

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_17447340

budaj

http://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/40075243724873728#

BOB

http://twitter.com/KatieStrangNYI/status/40088374274555904#

Montoya

http://twitter.com/jonas640/status/40070980416176128#

reimer

http://twitter.com/TReedDispatch/status/40078830349729793#

s mason

http://twitter.com/ice_chip/status/39729928295419904#

ward

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/116633943.html

Backstrom probable

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/02/red_wings_expect_low-scoring_g.html

howard likely

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks/2011/02/21/nichol-stays-home-on-this-road-trip-and-other-notes/#more-5183

niemi likely

http://twitter.com/AGrossRecord/statuses/40092551377727488

lundqvist first off the ice

http://twitter.com/JoshuaCooper/status/40093205898870784#

rinne

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2011/02/game_60_bruins.html?camp=localsearch:on:twit:bruin s

thomas

spoonie luv
02-22-2011, 01:36 PM
Pick 2
Bob vs Phoenix
Lundqvist vs Carolina
Bryzgalov vs Philly

Pick 2 again
Lundqvist vs Carolina
Bob vs Phoenix
Thomas vs Calgary
Kipper vs Boston


Thanks!

Raja
02-22-2011, 01:40 PM
Updated.

Raja
02-22-2011, 02:15 PM
Pick 2
Bob vs Phoenix
Bryzgalov vs Philly

Pick 2 again
Thomas vs Calgary
Kipper vs Boston


Thanks!

:yes:

Let me know if I left any teams out of the Rankings, the site I use was missing 2 matchups.

Zamboners
02-22-2011, 03:54 PM
My opponent this week aced a shutout yesterday with Neuvirth who I traded to him. Arrgh!
Should I go with Rinne, who I have in now, or switch to Thomas? I like the Columbus match up a bit better than Calgary I think.

WasteOfTime
02-22-2011, 05:15 PM
Calgary is hot lately, I'd roll with Rinne.

housenuts
02-22-2011, 05:28 PM
rinne 4 sho

Gern Blansten
02-22-2011, 06:43 PM
Bryz or Kipper?

Shtand
02-22-2011, 07:10 PM
Bryz or Kipper?

Tough choice, but I think I'd play Kipper.

Is anybody starting Price tonight? Makes me nervous against VAN...

housenuts
02-22-2011, 10:33 PM
i started him. montreal is 7-1-3-1 on tuesdays in vancouver. lol. also price is from bc. also its early in the week. also mtl rocks. that is all.

WasteOfTime
02-22-2011, 11:23 PM
Calgary is hot lately, I'd roll with Rinne.

it fuckin figures. goalie predictions always defy my logic nomatter how much i try to think about them. benched hedberg in favor of my "good" goalies lu and rinne.