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Andrew Hammond

Goalie Nods: The Hamburglar starts for the Sens

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Hammond looks to remain unbeaten in regulation

Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators will look for a sixth straight win tonight when they play host to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. Hammond enters the game with a 12-0-1 record to go along with a 1.55 goals-against average since getting called up from Binghamton.

The Sens enter tonight’s action two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the last meeting between the Leafs and Senators (Jan. 21), Ottawa is 17-6-2 while Toronto has gone 5-17-3.

James Reimer gets the nod for the Leafs.


Blue Jackets at Flames: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Karri Ramo

Canucks at Kings: Eddie Lack vs. Jonathan Quick

Capitals at Jets: Braden Holtby vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Rangers at Hurricanes: Cam Talbot vs. Anton Khudobin

Islanders at Devils: Jaroslav Halak vs. Cory Schneider

Bruins at Panthers: Tuukka Rask vs. Roberto Luongo

Sharks at Canadiens: Antti Niemi vs. Carey Price

Sabres at Predators: Matt Hackett vs. Pekka Rinne

Blackhawks at Stars: Corey Crawford vs. Kari Lehtonen

Penguins at Coyotes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Mike Smith

Flyers at Oilers: Steve Mason vs. Ben Scrivens

Goalie nods: Ben Bishop, excellent lately, to face Red Wings

Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop seems to have rounded into form.

The Lightning goalie, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, got off to a rather mediocre start in 2014-15, but he’s been excellent lately. With his “mojo back,” he’s allowed just 15 goals on 248 shots in his last nine starts (7-1-1), for a save percentage of .940 over that stretch.

Here’s a pretty nice stop he made in Monday’s 4-2 victory over Montreal:

Bishop will get the nod again tonight when the Lightning host the Red Wings, while Jimmy Howard will be in goal for Detroit.


Anders Lindback for the Sabres at home to the Devils, who are going with Keith Kinkaid.

Frederik Andersen likely for the Ducks at home to the Avalanche, who are expected to go with Semyon Varlamov.

Why Anders Lindback may become one of ‘the most reviled Sabres ever’

Anders Lindback

When Anders Lindback was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, sarcastic folks deemed it a perfect marriage: a deeply struggling goalie on a team that essentially wants to struggle.

Of course, Lindback doesn’t want to struggle; he wants to save his NHL career, and if he does a good job of that, things will get interesting … and maybe a little hostile.

The Buffalo News argues that Lindback could become one of “the most reviled Sabres ever” on the heels of Tuesday’s dazzling performance in a win.

The second-best stretch of Lindback’s career has Buffalo hockey fans cursing him in the name of Connor McDavid. The goalie stole three points this week that never should have been in Buffalo’s bank. If he keeps it up for the final 12 games, 30th place might become a thing of the past.

At any other time in Sabres history, Lindback would be a triumphant feel-good story. Instead, he’ll enter the crease Friday against New Jersey or Saturday in Nashville with Blue and Gold backers begging for him to fail.

In stopping 44 of the Boston Bruins’ 45 shots in that surprising win, Lindback grabbed his first victory with Buffalo. One win seemingly doesn’t justify hand-wringing, yet it’s remarkable how much his individual stats have improved since being moved. Just look at this comparison:

10 games with the Dallas Stars: 2-8-0, .875 save percentage, 3.71 GAA
Seven games with Buffalo: 1-3-2, .934 save percentage, 2.41 GAA

That basically looks like the work of a bad goalie in 1985 and the work of a great goalie in 2015, side-by-side.

As the Buffalo News notes, this would normally be a heartwarming situation, but instead it’s a cause for concern.

Then again, if Buffalo gets worried, they could always just “test the rotation” by playing Lindback less often, right?

This all brings about a question for Sabres fans in the audience: who is the most reviled member of the team (past or present) in your mind?