Frailty, thy name is goalie.
The Anaheim Ducks lost 8-4 at home to the Atlanta Thrashers and, make no mistake, starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was to blame. He surrendered two first-period goals and three second-period tallies before getting pulled at 12:20 in favor of backup Jonas Hiller.
All told, Giguere is 14-14-4, .903, 3.09.
The bummer of this game for Giguere owners is that it seemed like he was finally out of his slump. In his previous two starts, both against Calgary, Giguere had allowed only three goals, stopping 47 of 50 shots.
Hiller, for his part, wasn’t exactly Joe Nathan in relief. He gave up a goal less than one minute after entering the game and yielded another in the third period. An empty netter brought us the 8-4 final.
My advice: trade now for Giguere. Buy low. His owners are frustrated. Offer a No. 2 goalie and a No. 3 defenseman and you just might get him.
Why do I think Giguere will turn it around? The back-to-back wins vs. Calgary are one reason. Also, here are Anaheim’s next six games: vs. Los Angeles, at Detroit, at Columbus, at Buffalo, at Boston, at Dallas.
While three of those games scare me — at Detroit, at Buffalo, at Boston — the other three should be cakewalks for Giguere, assuming he gets the start. Of course, we can’t rule out Hiller (14-11-1, 2.20, .924) starting, but the Ducks have stuck with Giguere through thick and thin this season — I doubt they’ll quit on him now. That said, you can certainly grab Hiller if you want him. He’s 20 percent owned in ESPN and 48 percent owned in Yahoo!.
Two other notes from last night:
- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron won his second straight, stopping 35 of 37 in a 5-2 road win against the Rangers. But before you fall in love with Biron (64.5 percent owned in ESPN, 72 percent in Yahoo!), keep in mind who the Flyers play next: vs. Buffalo, vs. Pittsburgh, at Washington. If Biron handles Buffalo on Thursday, I will become a believer. Until then, I’m viewing him as the guy with a 2.87 GAA.
- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler scored yet again in Vancouver’s 4-2 home win against the Montreal Canadiens. In his last seven games, Edler has three goals and six assists. For the season, he has six goals, 21 assists, +7, and 36 PIM. He is 64.9 percent owned in ESPN and 31 percent owned in Yahoo!. Grab him now and use one of your newly expendable defensemen as trade bait for someone like Giguere.