McKenna Match of the Day: April 2 – Jack Campbell vs. Carter Hart


Former NHL goaltender Mike McKenna offers his daily starting goaltender game of the day for Saturday. April 2, 2022:

Why I love this game:

Jack Campbell returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ net, while Carter Hart looks to rebound from two straight losses in which he allowed 10 combined goals.

To monitor :

With all due respect to Hart – one of the best young goaltenders in hockey – tonight is all about Jack Campbell. Toronto is a winning team. The Maple Leafs are a lock to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. But goalkeepers continue to be a huge question mark.

Campbell started the season strong, leading the NHL in most statistical categories. But since January 1, the Toronto goalkeeper has been struggling. His .882 save percentage and 3.63 goals-against average since the start of the new year have raised serious concerns. And goalkeeper partner Petr Mrazek – who is injured again – did no better.

Tonight is Campbell’s first game since March 8, when he was sidelined after the game with a rib injury. This type of disease is not easy for a goalkeeper to live with. Rib injuries are painful. I’m watching tonight to see Campbell’s comfort level. How he moves. How he handles the puck outside the net.

It’s only one game, but if Campbell plays well, it would do a lot for his confidence. And it would also help silence voices that can be deafening in Toronto.

What fantasy owners should do:

The two goalkeepers should make fantasy owners nervous. Hart is 13-21-7 this season but has a .909 save percentage. But Toronto is incredibly dangerous offensively. Hart could help fantasy owners in the win column. Campbell hasn’t had many good games over the past three months. And he’s coming out of an injury. I would avoid starting either goalie if your team has a better option in net.

Conclusion for Jack Campbell:

Find a rhythm early and drown out the outside noise.

Conclusion for Carter Hart:

He’ll have to find the puck in traffic and keep his hands alive, especially against Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews.



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