NHL Starting Goalies: Monday, August 3

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes

Aug. 3, 2020 | 12:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-204)

08/03/20, 11:33 am EST

Lundqvist led the Rangers onto the ice for warmups in Game 2.

Lundqvist gave up a goal on the first shot that he faced in Game 1 but settled in, stopping 34 of 37 shots in a 3-2 loss. He was a surprise starter with Igor Shesterkin deemed "unfit to play" and that will be the case again in Game 2. Lundqvist has now lost his last three playoff starts dating back to 2017, giving up 11 goals on 99 shots (.889 SV%).


08/03/20, 11:36 am EST

-1.5 (181)

Mrazek will start Game 2 vs. the Rangers.

Mrazek stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Hurricanes 3-2 win over the Rangers in Game 1. In typical Hurricanes fashion, Henrik Lundqvist was a lot busier in the first game of the series but Mrazek stood tall when he was called upon. Mrazek is now 6-5-0 with an .896 SV% in 12 career playoff games with the Hurricanes.

Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames

Aug. 3, 2020 | 2:30 pm EST
-1.5 (-189)

08/03/20, 2:04 pm EST

Hellebuyck led the Jets onto the ice for warmups.

Hellebuyck surrendered three goals on 32 shots in the Jets' Game 1 loss. It wasn't Hellebuyck's best effort but the Jets were badly outplayed. With Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine both out today, Hellebuyck will need to be on top of his game more than ever. He is now 11-13 with a 2.47 GAA and .919 SV% in 24 career playoff starts.


08/03/20, 2:03 pm EST

-1.5 (169)

Talbot led the Flames onto the ice for warmups.

Talbot stopped 17 of 18 shots in the Flames Game 1 win over the Jets. It's probably the easiest win Talbot will ever get in the postseason. Today the Jets will be shorthanded with both Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine getting injured in Game 1. Talbot was 2-2-0 with a 3.01 GAA and .913 SV% in four afternoon starts during the 2020 seaosn.

Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning

Aug. 3, 2020 | 4:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-199)

08/03/20, 9:49 am EST

Holtby will start Monday vs. the Lightning.

Holtby split time with Ilya Samsonov during the regular season but will be leaned on heavily during the postseason with Samsonov out. Holtby was 25-14-6 with a 3.11 GAA and .897 SV% in the playoffs, including a 2-0-0 record with a 1.95 GAA and .930 SV% against the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning.


08/03/20, 3:37 pm EST

-1.5 (177)

Vasilevskiy led the Lightning onto the ice for warmups.

Vasilevskiy will start the Lightning's first round-robin game after leading the NHL with 35 wins and posting a 2.56 GAA and .917 SV% in the regular season. As good as he was throughout the season, he struggled against the Capitals, giving up eight goals on 68 shots (.882 SV%) in two games.

Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

Aug. 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm EST
-1.5 (-225)

08/03/20, 6:10 pm EST

Bishop led the Stars onto the ice for warmups.

The Stars have two very capable goaltenders and both will probably see playing time during the round-robin but Bishop will start the opener. He was 21-16-4 with a 2.50 GAA and .920 SV% in 43 starts this seasons. In two starts vs. the Golden Knights, Bishop was 1-0-1 with a 2.48 GAA and .917 SV%.


08/02/20, 7:37 pm EST

-1.5 (198)

Lehner will start Monday vs. the Stars.

Lehner started the 2020 season in Chicago, where he was 16-10-5 with a 3.01 GAA and .918 SV% on one of the worst defensive teams in hockey. After he was traded to Vegas, he went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .940 SV%. Him and Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get a look during the round-robin but it will be Lehner first. He's a great option tonight vs. a Stars team that has struggled to score all season, ranking 26th in GF/gm (2.58).

Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins

Aug. 3, 2020 | 8:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-167)

08/03/20, 1:11 pm EST

Price will start Game 2 against the Penguins.

Price was terrific in Game 1, stopping 39 of 41 shots in the Canadiens 3-2 overtime win. He was not sharp before the season was paused so the long layoff may have done the veteran some good. Price comes into Game 2 having not given up more than three goals in a game in his last 11 playoff starts.


08/03/20, 11:33 am EST

-1.5 (150)

Murray will start Game 2 vs. the Canadiens.

Murray allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Penguins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 1. Despite the loss, the Penguins will go right back to their more experienced netminder in Game 2. Dating back to the 2018 playoffs, Murray has lost seven straight playoff games, while posting a 2.89 GAA and .905 SV%.

Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers

Aug. 3, 2020 | 10:30 pm EST
-1.5 (-201)

08/03/20, 10:27 pm EST

Crawford starts Game 2 in Edmonton.


08/03/20, 2:38 pm EST

-1.5 (179)

Koskinen will start Game 2 vs. the Blackhawks.

The Oilers went with Mike Smith in Game 1 and it was an unmitigated disaster. Smith gave up five goals on 23 shots before the midway point and was then replaced by Koskinen, who stopped 18 of the 19 shots that he faced. Koskinen, who was 18-13-3 with a 2.75 GAA and .917 SV% in the regular season will be making his first career NHL playoffs start.