While you could do a lot worse as far as backup goalies go, there's not much to get excited about here barring an injury to Vasilevskiy.
This will be a difficult matchup, though, as the Avs rank second (behind the Lightning) in the league with 3.71 goals per home game. Despite not seeing any ice during the playoffs this past season, its no doubt that McElhinney’s presence was felt throughout the Lightning’s locker room during their magical run to capturing a championship, as the 37-year-old proved to be a welcoming addition to the Bolts roster. His bid for a second straight shutout got spoiled in the second period when Oliver Bjorkstrand beat him on a breakaway, but otherwise McElninney was sharp. Sign up for our regular 'Hurricanes Newsletter' for all the latest.
Yikes. McElhinney has played a total of 30 NHL games over the past three seasons for three different clubs: Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix before landing in Columbus. Jason Chen breaks down Monday’s FanDuel offering, making his best picks for a winning lineup. McElhinney could be a good starter in the future, but that is a way off. Of course, the Russian netminder has certainly not been immune to injury throughout his career, so McElhinney will surely be ready on standby as necessary. 2 goalie spot in Calgary, despite being replaced by Curtis Joseph late last season.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Taking on a beat-up Sharks' forward group worked well for McElhinney, who earned his first shutout of the year.
It obviously was a tough situation. On Feb. 11, 2011, a capacity crowd packed into the Saddledome to watch the Flames take on the visiting Ducks. The Lightning are looking to keep Andrei Vasilevskiy fresh, so McElhinney will get the nod on the first outing of a three-game road trip. When I looked down at the ice from my section 202 seats, I noticed a familiar face in the crease during the pregame warmup. Robert Curtis McElhinney (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
It's his first appearance since Jan. 4 where he allowed three goals on 28 shots in a victory.
Like so many professional athletes will tell you, your draft day to the big leagues is a huge moment for not only yourself but also those who have supported you along the journey.
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C. McElhinney - G TB With the defensive side of the Lightning's bench often crowded, backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney taken to helping out the video coaches instead. Sign up for our regular 'Bolts Newsletter' for all the latest.
And he has won two in a row, albeit against the lowly Sens and Wings.
Joseph and McElhinney | 09.03.20 Joseph and McElhinney on BLM Mask design. McElhinney will get the road start Monday versus the Blue Jackets, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports. Display your spirit with officially licensed NHL T-shirts from the ultimate sports store. McElhinney will be between the pipes at home versus the Blackhawks on Thursday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Through 16 appearances, McElhinney has an 8-6-2 record, a 2.76 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The victory snapped a personal three-game losing streak for the 36-year-old, who is now 4-4-2 with a 3.21 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 10 starts. However, even if he wins the spot, he wins a job similar to Brett Favre's backup, as Kipper has played 73 and 74 games the last two seasons. Victor Hedman may be in the midst of a slow scoring period, but Neil Parker thinks that will turn around versus the Devils.
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The veteran netminder will provide AHL depth for Columbus, and could see spot duty with the big club if injuries pile up to Sergei Bobrovsky and Steve Mason. McElhinney made 24 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped one of three shootout attempts in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Wings. The backup netminder won't have the benefit of Steven Stamkos (undisclosed) in the lineup, yet he should still be able to rely on some offensive support from the league's most potent offense (3.52 goals per game). The Blue Jackets seem content to let him caddy for the Russian starter until one of their younger netminders proves they are ready for the NHL.
McElhinney slipped to 5-5-2 with a 3.10 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 12 starts this season. McElhinney will draw an outstanding matchup against a Red Wings offense that sits last in the league in goals per game this season (1.97). McElhinney backstopped 21 saves on 25 shots, as he and the Ducks defeated Kiprusoff and the Flames 5-4 in overtime.
The veteran goalie would still go on to pick up his third straight win when Nikita Kucherov tallied in overtime.
McElhinney has been spectacular over two road starts in February, posting two wins, a .984 save percentage and a shutout.
Lightning's Curtis McElhinney: Gets starting nod Thursday 02/27/2020 • McElhinney will be between the pipes at home versus the Blackhawks on Thursday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. All rights reserved.
Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to return to the crease Thursday in Vegas. McElhinney gave up two goals on 19 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Devils.
McElhinney stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 3-1 Tampa Bay loss to Washington on Saturday. Of course, being traded always comes as a shock, but he knew the change of scenery was for the best.
2 netminder behind Andrei Vasilevskiy.
He loves carrying the load and he does very well with it but I think this is a good thing.
When the Lightning signed McElhinney to a two-year, $1.3 million contract, they knew exactly who they were getting.
He posted an 11-5-1 record with a sterling 2.15 GAA, .934 save percentage and three shutouts. Out of Kiprusoff’s nine seasons with the Flames, there were only two seasons where he didn’t start 70+ games out of the 82-game schedule. McElhinney is back as the Buds' backup after delivering a 6-7-0 record in 14 games for the team after he arrived off waivers in January 2017.
The game was tight until the Dmitry Orlov broke the tie at the 13:57 mark of the third period and Washington sealed things with an empty-netter. But at 35 years old, McElhinney may not be able to replicate those incredible numbers.
In leagues that count total saves rather than save percentage, McElhinney may have some value in deeper formats since the Ducks' blue-line corps has significantly regressed following the retirement of Scott Niedermayer. McElhinney made 24 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped one of three shootout attempts in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Wings. McElhinney did not play terribly in five games with the Flames last season, putting together an 0-2 record with a 2.00 GAA.
Neil Parker likes Ryan O'Reilly and his linemates on the Blues' top unit to notch some fantasy points against a tired Blackhawks' squad. The game was closer than the score suggests. McElhinney has had his ups and downs in his few appearances this season, but that's not surprising given how infrequently he gets opportunities in goal. Barring an injury or major regression by Bobrovsky though, McElhinney won't see much action in that role.
The 36-year-old netminder will likely see a significant drop in playing time after making a career-high 33 starts for the Hurricanes last season, but McElhinney figures to post great numbers on a per-start basis for a Lightning team that had one of the best regular seasons of all time in 2018-19. With just occasional starts, McElhinny had an up and down December.
McElhinney will guard the cage for Sunday's road matchup versus Detroit, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. His fantasy value is restricted to spot starts in daily leagues, at best. The 36-year-old journeyman dropped to 5-6-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .902 save percentage.
The backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy, McElhinney was making his second start in the past five days but came out on the losing end, just as he did Sunday in New Jersey. McElhinney received his biggest workload ever last year due to Sergei Bobrovsky's injury woes, and he delivered a surprisingly solid .914 save percentage, making him a roughly average NHL netminder.
After a stellar season for AHL Springfield last season, McElhinney enters camp as the favorite to back up reigning Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. He has previously also played in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, and Calgary Flames.
McElhinney will defend the road net against the Avalanche on Monday, © Copyright 2020 - Roto Sports, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_0',657,'0','0']));It was in Anaheim where McElhinney started seeing his ice time increase. McElhinney will start between the pipes Thursday against the Wild, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports. He has been in the league for 12 seasons but has only started 186 games. He managed to win one game while losing six. Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Curtis McElhinney.
He'll likely return to backup duties for Tuesday's road game in Buffalo.
I’m looking forward to it as a good opportunity” said McElhinney.
Keep in mind that if he struggles he could be replaced by either Leland Irving or Matt Keetley who will be biding their time in Abbotsford (AHL). McElhinney will patrol the crease for Sunday's contest in New Jersey, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. McElhinney endured a rough 2015-16 campaign, as a knee injury prevented him from taking advantage of Sergei Bobrovsky's own health woes and led to his worst statistical season in a Columbus uniform. His job would be to keep the sky from falling when Kiprusoff needs a rest and nothing more. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-2','ezslot_8',667,'0','0']));He had a .912 save percentage (SV%) with the Hurricanes, and a regular-season record of 20-11-2, while going 3-2 in the playoffs. McElhinney will tend twine Saturday versus the Capitals, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. Whether he plays in Toronto or in another city, McElhinney will be a 20-game starter. McElhinney was drafted by the Calgary Flames 176th overall in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft in Toronto. “One of the things I have in common with Kip is we both like fishing, so we have a little distraction there that we can talk about besides hockey,” McElhinney said (from ‘Flames’ McElhinney used to backup role’, CBC, 04/14/09). Founded in 2009, The Hockey Writers is a premier destination for news and information on everything hockey.
The veteran goalie is now 8-8-2 on the season with a mediocre 2.89 GAA and .906 save percentage. Unless Bobrovsky gets hurt, McElhinney won't have much fantasy relevance. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_7',666,'0','0'])); McElhinney has suited up for eight different NHL teams during his career.
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