Goalie nods: Bernier goes back-to-back for Leafs


It’s a small sample size, but Jonathan Bernier will take it.

After going winless over the first 10 weeks of the season, Bernier’s now playing his best hockey of the season. He’s recorded back-to-back victories and, as a result, will make his third straight start — and the second in as many nights — when the Leafs take on the Coyotes in Arizona.

Bernier’s run of strong play began on Saturday against his old team, the Los Angeles Kings, when he posted 26 saves in a 5-0 win, his first shutout of the year.

Last night, Bernier made 24 saves on 28 shots in a 7-4 win over the Avs at the Pepsi Center, meaning that — over this modest two-game win streak — he’s posted an impressive .926 save percentage.

For the Coyotes, Louis Domingue will get the start in goal.


Jake Allen, on the hook for all four goals in St. Louis’ collapse in Philly last night, will be back in goal when the Blues take on the Bruins. Boston will likely counter with Tuukka Rask.

— Anaheim appears primed to start John Gibson after he came on in relief of Frederik Andersen during last night’s loss in Brooklyn. The Rangers are starting Henrik Lundqvist.

Cory Schneider versus Jimmy Howard when the Devils take on the Red Wings in Detroit.

— No Ryan Miller for Vancouver tonight (read more here), so Jacob Markstrom starts for the Canucks in Tampa Bay, while the Bolts go with Ben Bishop.

Craig Anderson gets the nod after Andrew Hammond started two of Ottawa’s last three games. The Panthers, meanwhile, will give Roberto Luongo the start.

— After calling out both Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski last night (read more here), Habs head coach Michel Therrien will go with Condon in Minnesota. The Wild are going with Darcy Kuemper.

Corey Crawford in for Chicago tonight as the ‘Hawks take on Dallas. No word yet on a Stars starter.

Michael Hutchinson gets a rare start for the Jets against Calgary, this after replacing Connor Hellebuyck in Monday’s loss to Edmonton. The Falmes are going back to Karri Ramo.

— The Sharks will go with their usual No. 1, Martin Jones, in a big all-California rivalry game against the Kings. L.A. has yet to name a starter.