Goalie nods: Slumping Isles turn to Berube to stop skid

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Jean-Francois Berube‘s last outing was pretty good — stopping 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to Pittsburgh — and with Thomas Greiss having lost three straight, tonight seems like as good a night as any to get Berube back in the mix.

So that’s exactly what the Isles will do, as Berube starts against the Senators.

Berube, now New York’s backup with Greiss having replaced injured starter Jaroslav Halak, will look to build upon the solid numbers he’s posted in an admittedly small sample size this season: 1-1-1, 2.52 GAA and .924 save percentage.

The former L.A. Kings farmhand has a pretty good matchup this evening, all things considered. Berube will face an Ottawa team that lost 4-2 to Washington last night, but will be up against Andrew Hammond — who, in his last outing, posted a 30-save shutout against the Canadiens.

If Berube can help the Isles secure two points tonight, the club will be just one back of Pittsburgh for third in the Metropolitan Division.

Elsewhere…

— It’s a quiet night on the schedule with just two games. At MSG (and on NBCSN), Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers while it appears likely Tuukka Rask is in goal for the Bruins.