Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

01/11/2010

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

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Will the Red Wings Make the Playoffs?

01/04/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Five

Coming into last year, the Detroit Red Wings looked stronger than ever.  Fresh off a dominating cup win they added arguably the best sniper on the market and seemed poised to create another dynasty, even in this cash strapped salary cap era.

This year certainly seems to be another story.  Gone are Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson amongst others leaving the team with roughly 31 percent of the offense to replace.

Who did they bring in?

Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Jason Williams and Patrick Eaves amongst others.  Those four combined for a whopping 54 goals last year, a little more than half of the 89 goals that left this past offseason.  If you subtract 35 goals from last year’s totals the team still would finish 7th in scoring and not first.

GM Ken Holland planned on using rookies and young players such as Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in scoring roles, hoping it would force them to step up their games and make up the remaining 35 goals needed.  What Holland did not expect were injuries.  Injuries and injuries alone could derail all hope this team had to make the playoffs, let alone another return to the Stanley Cup.

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Goalie Starters 12/20/2009

12/20/2009
Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

  • Ansar Khan of Mlive.com announces Chris Osgood will face Cristobal Huet tonight.
  • Roberto Luongo and Chris Mason should be your remaining starters, check back later for links confirming.

UPDATED @ 7:41 PM

UPDATED @ 9:03 PM

  • Conklin confirmed here.

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Goalie Starters 12/12/2009

12/12/2009
New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators

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Jaroslav Halak On The Block

12/10/2009
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

According to the Web Staff over at Sportsnet, the Montreal Canadiens are actively shopping Jaroslav Halak (H/T to crashthecrease.com).

The 24-year-old netminder is 6-4-0 in 11 games, including an impressive 46 save effort against the Ottawa Senators.  Earlier in the year the Czech native amassed a four game win streak, an feat when you consider how injury riddled and weak the Montreal defense has been.

A quick look around the league shows a handful of teams needing depth between the pipes.  The Flyers lost starter Ray Emery for six weeks leaving their team to the fate of Brian Boucher.  The Oilers may have to rely on Jeff Deslauriers longer than they would like while Nikolai Khabibulin sits at home with a bad back.  Pascal Leclaire remains on the sidelines as he watches Brian Elliot inconsistently block pucks.

Perhaps the most interesting rumor circulating involves Darren Helm and the Red Wings.  As earlier whispered here.  Does Halak really offer an upgrade to Jimmy Howard or the legendary Chris Osgood?

A quick look says no.

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Goalie Starters 12/05/2009

12/05/2009
Colorado Avalanche V Toronto Maple Leafs

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED @ 10:38 AM

  • Marty Turco confirmed here, Jeff Deslauriers confirmed here.

UPDATED @ 10:58 AM

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Goalie Starters 11/23/2009

11/22/2009
Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/22/2009 @ 10:23 PM

UPDATED 11/23/2009 @ 11:51 AM

UPDATED 11/23/2009 @ 12:30 PM

  • Chris Mason confirmed as the first goalie off the ice here and here. The 33-year-old backstop is 6-6-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .926 SV% in 15 games.

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