Hockey Ramblings – Larkin, Hellebuyck, Galchenyuk and more (Nov 30)

Dobber

2015-11-29

Rambling Hellebuyck, Nilsson, Larkin, Huberdeau, Galchenyuk, Hayes, Ennis and more …

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Mike Babcock is losing so much confidence in Jonathan Bernier that he's giving prospect Garret Sparks the start tonight. Sparks did very well in the ECHL last year and is off to a strong start in the AHL this year. Bernier has had a penchant for giving up weak goals – and early ones – that deflate the team before the first period reaches the midway point. Bernier is on a two-year deal, otherwise I'd say that his career is in trouble here…

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This could be happening faster than I thought it would. Michael Hutchinson has lost three straight games: 4.10 GAA and 0.860 SV%. Connor Hellebuyck has played just the one game, but he won it and stopped 14 of 15 shots. The scales are tipping towards the kid. And quickly. I said this would happen by Christmas, but I’m starting to wonder if it will happen by…the end of the week? Ondrej Pavelec is out until February – I think Hellebuyck has huge potential here. More than enough to steal the starter job for down the stretch.

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Michael Condon is showing that he’s a great pickup during the Carey Price injury, but he’s also showing that he can’t be leaned on for a lengthy workload expected of a number one guy. In his last six games his SV% is just 0.881.

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And the other goalie situation I’m keeping a close eye on is in Edmonton. Anders Nilsson is 2-2-0 in his last four games with a 1.73 GAA and a 0.940 SV%. That’s enough to say that he’s stolen the top job from