Goalie nods: Bernier versus Vasilevskiy in battle of conditioning stints

It’s Bolts-Leafs at the ACC tonight, but in goal it’ll be Crunch-Marlies.


See, Tampa Bay is going to start Andrei Vasilevskiy, just two days after he was recalled from a conditioning stint with AHL Syracuse. And Toronto, as you might’ve heard, is going with Jonathan Bernier, just three days after he was recalled from a conditioning stint with the Marlies.

Interesting times in the crease, to say the least.

Of the two netminders, Bernier had the more successful American League stint, going 3-0-1 with a .948 save percentage and 1.25 GAA. All three of his wins were shutouts.

Vasilevskiy, meanwhile, made two starts after being reassigned to Syracuse on December 10, posting a 0-1-1 record with a .892 save percentage and a 3.47 GAA.


— After getting yanked against the Isles in his last outing, Cory Schneider goes for the Devils in Buffalo. The Sabres will counter with Linus Ullmark, who hasn’t played since beating the Kings on Saturday.

Roberto Luongo will look to snap his three-game losing streak when he and the Panthers take on the Isles in Brooklyn. New York is going with Jaroslav Halak.

— A rematch of last week’s wild 7-5 shootout in Edmonton tonight at MSG: Henrik Lundqvist goes for the Rangers, Anders Nilsson goes for the Oilers.

Michal Neuvirth makes his third straight start when the Flyers host the ‘Canes. No word yet on a Carolina starter.

— Potential changing of the guard in Montreal? Dustin Tokarski will make his third straight start ahead of Mike Condon. Martin Jones goes for the Sharks.

— After Jonas Hiller started the last couple of games, Calgary is going back to Karri Ramo against the Preds. Nashville will stick with Pekka Rinne.

Ryan Miller for Vancouver tonight in Minnesota, while the Wild stick with Darcy Kuemper for another game. Devan Dubnyk will back up.

— Battle of two young, talented goalies in Winnipeg as the Blues go with Jake Allen, while the Jets counter with Connor Hellebuyck.

— The red-hot Semyon Varlamov goes for Colorado in Chicago tonight, while the ‘Hawks go with the equally in-form Corey Crawford.

— Uncertainty out of Dallas: Kari Lehtonen looks likely for the Stars, and the Jackets said they won’t announce their starter until later this afternoon.

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