Tag: Martin Brodeur

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NHL on NBCSN: Avs challenge Blues after narrow losses to St. Louis


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

It’s not often a key player returning from an injury represents a potential downgrade, but that’s the situation the Colorado Avalanche might be facing. After all, rookie Calvin Pickard has been one of the league’s top goaltenders this season with a 2.06 GAA and .939 save percentage and he’s been particularly hot lately. However, Semyon Varlamov will get his old job back tonight, the team announced. Varlamov has not played since Dec. 5 with a groin injury.

“It’s not easy,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy admitted, per the Denver Post.

“But let’s not forget what Varly did for us last year. Varly played so well for us. He was the reason why we won our division.”

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That’s fair, but it’s also true that Varlamov hasn’t been nearly as effective this season, so while he still clearly has his coach’s backing, Varlamov will have something to prove when he faces the St. Louis Blues. After all, the Blues are both one of the best teams in the league and a key Central Division rival.

A strong showing from Varlamov tonight would go a long way towards easing the handing off of the baton, but if Varlamov struggles and the Avalanche consequently miss out on key points at a time when they’re trying to climb out of the Central Division basement, then that will only add fuel to the goaltending debate.

Not that having a hot goalie challenge the status quo is a bad thing from the team’s perspective. The St. Louis Blues can only hope that they have that problem by the time Brian Elliott is ready to return from his knee injury.

They set themselves up for a possible goaltending controversy when they signed future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur to help fill the void during Elliott’s absence and possibly even push 24-year-old backup Jake Allen out of the short-term picture once Elliott returns. Allen has responded decently to the challenge though by holding the competition to just 10 goals over his last four contests.

During that stretch, Allen stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Avalanche to give St. Louis a 2-0-0 record in the season series. Although nothing is set in stone, it looks like Allen will get a chance to beat Colorado again tonight, per St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jeremy Rutherford.

The Blues certainly aren’t in as tough of a position as Colorado as far as the standings go, but there isn’t a lot of breathing room for any team in the battle for Western Conference playoff spots. On top of that St. Louis fell short in its last two contests, so losing again tonight would mean entering the holiday break on a particularly sour note.

Video: King scores on Brodeur from center ice, Kings beat the Blues

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It happens. Even to the great ones.

L.A. Kings forward Dwight King beat St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur, with his 690 career wins in the National Hockey League regular season, from center ice in the third period of Thursday’s game. It was L.A.’s sixth goal of the game, and it came with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

The puck was bounced in on Brodeur. The final hop eluded the future Hall-of-Fame puck stopper, as it bounced right over his shoulder and into the net. That gave L.A. a two-goal lead.

It also pretty much snuffed out chances of a St. Louis equalizer in the second half of a home-and-home series between these two clubs. The Kings took this game by a final score of 6-4, despite trailing 3-0 in the opening period.

Goalie nods: Andersen to start 20th straight for Ducks

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Busy Freddy

Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks tonight.

Of course he will.

The Danish netminder, who’s been an absolute workhorse for Anaheim this season, will make his 20th consecutive start this evening when the Ducks take on the Habs in Montreal.

More, from the L.A. Times:

“I know how to play goalie,” he said with a smile.

Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Toronto, but he’s also minded the net as the Ducks (21-7-5) have ascended to the NHL’s best record.

“He’s durable, played back-to-back last week and was better in the second game than he was the first,” Boudreau said.

The backup spot behind Andersen has been in a constant state of flux this season, with John Gibson, Jason LaBarbera and Igor Bobkov all temporarily filling the role. The job is how Ilya Bryzgalov’s, however, and it sounds as though he could make his first start of the season on Friday in Ottawa.


Panthers at Flyers: Roberto Luongo vs. Steve Mason

Avs at Pens: Calvin Pickard vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Leafs at ‘Canes: Cam Ward for Carolina, no word yet on a Leafs starter.

Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Blues at Kings: Martin Brodeur for St. Louis, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Oilers at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.