NHL betting: Five goalies for bettors to watch down the stretch
NHL backup goalies or late-season pickups may see more time between the sticks as the playoffs become faded from view.
Here's a look a five netminders on unlikely playoff-bound teams and what bettors should know about them down the stretch.
(All stats are prior to Sunday's action)
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3 SU, 3.21 GAA, .916 SV%, 3-2 O/U with Lightning)
The Lightning acquired Bishop from Ottawa at the trade deadline to improve their 27th-ranked goals-against average. After a shutout in his first appearance for the Bolts, Bishop has crashed, posting an .890 save percentage in his five starts since. The over has gone 4-2 in his six appearances for Tampa Bay.
Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers (0-2 SU, 1.74 GAA, .934 SV%, 0-2 O/U with Flyers)
Mason may get a run in the pipes for the Flyers with Ilya Bryzgalov wearing out his welcome in Philadelphia for poor play and allegedly falling asleep during a meeting, according to the 97.5 The Fanatic. The former Calder Trophy winner has gone 0-3 since being traded from Columbus, but the under is 3-0 due to Philly's poor scoring. Mason has gotten only two goals of support in his three games in Flyer orange.
Justin Peters, Carolina Hurricanes (4-8 SU, 2.93 GAA, .905 SV%, 7-6-2 O/U)
Carolina has gone from playoff contender to also-ran after losing 14 of its last 16 games. Cam Ward's six-to-eight week knee injury has hit the Hurricanes hard. Peters has started 12 of Carolina's 20 games since the injury. The Hurricanes have gone 2-9 in his last 11 appearances and he's posted a lackluster .868 save percentage.
Chris Mason, Nashville Predators (1-5-1, 3.80 GA, .848 SV%, 7-2 O/U)
With Nashville seven points out of the playoffs with only six games left going into Sunday, time is running out for the Predators. Starter Pekka Rinne has played 35 of the team's 42 games, and Nashville's No. 2 Mason has been terrible this season. Mason hasn't won a game since his first start of the season on January 22, and the over is 7-2 in his nine starts this season. In his last seven appearances, Mason's save percentage is .771.
Joey MacDonald, Calgary Flames (7-6-1 SU, 2.83 GAA, .903 SV%, 9-7-1 O/U)
MacDonald could see some action for the Flames down the stretch with starter Miikka Kiprusoff leaning towards retiring after the season. The under is 3-1-1 in MacDonald's last five games. Other than giving up eight against Edmonton on April 3, MacDonald allowed eight goals in the other four appearances in the 3-1-1 stretch.