It’s rare that you cruise to the playoffs without having a clear number one goaltender, but that’s the situation the St. Louis Blues are in. Of course, in the case of the Blues, the reason they don’t have an obvious starter is that both of their goaltenders have been amazing this season. Netminders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have combined to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing less goals than any other NHL squad in 2011-12.
So who would you put in net in Game 1 of St. Louis’ first round series against San Jose? Elliott, who had nine shutouts in just 38 games and set the NHL’s modern-era GAA record? Or Halak, who has been almost as dominant this season and previously led the eighth place Montreal Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010?
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes have made a minor league trade.
The Bolts on Saturday acquired right winger Stefan Fournier from the Coyotes in exchange for right winger Jeremy Morin, who has played 82 career NHL games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fournier stands six-foot-three-inches tall and 226 pounds. He has two goals and four points in 29 games with the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Morin, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the Blackhawks organization, has been a productive minor league player over the years. He has nine goals and 21 points in 43 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
The New York Islanders entered today with a three-game winning streak and holders of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
But yeah, it’s been a disastrous start for the Islanders on Saturday. The Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period, chasing Thomas Greiss from the New York net after he stopped 14 of 17 shots faced.
Oh, look at that: Another heated melee involving the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings.
You’ll recall a first-period fight fest in a pivotal Pacific Division game between these teams almost one full year ago. On Saturday, in another meeting between these California rivals, the Ducks and Kings were once again at odds.
This latest conflict? Well, Corey Perry was involved. Again. (Last year, order had been restored during a brief scrum before Perry gave an extra shot to a Kings player, resulting in mayhem.)
Perry was called this time around for interference on Anze Kopitar. Kings players, as you might expect, suddenly rushed over before Nate Thompson and Brayden McNabb squared off in the main event.