Former NHL goaltender Mike McKenna gives his Daily face-to-face Start of the goalkeeper match of the day for Tuesday. November 22, 2022:
Why I love this game:
Craig and Jake are two of my all-time favorite teammates. Nights like this are special when I have two amazing friends and goalkeepers competing against each other.
To monitor :
Modern techniques mixed with an old school touch. Anderson, 41, is one of the few remaining NHL goaltenders who knows how to perform a good skate save. It will throw a stack of two pads from time to time. But don’t underestimate the technical side of Anderson’s game. He has quietly reinvented himself over the years to stay on top of goaltending trends. The fact that he has a .910 save percentage is no coincidence.
I think Allen is one of the most cerebral keepers in history. He thinks the game at a high level. Because he is a strong and precise skater, Allen is rarely out of position. But it’s hard to beat the young, inexperienced Canadiens team in front of him. Over the past five games, Allen has faced 38 or more shots three times. His biggest challenge is during even-strength play: Montreal has allowed 42 goals in 18 games in 5-on-5 action.
What fantasy owners should do:
I love these guys but I wouldn’t encourage any fantasy owner to play any of them. Montreal is 25th in goals against and Buffalo is 29th.
Conclusion for Craig Anderson:
The Sabers have lost eight straight games and Anderson has been the starting goaltender in three of them. Keep the Canadiens two goals or less and things look good for Buffalo.
Conclusion for Jake Allen:
Montreal is so loose defensively that it’s all about keeping the game within reach. Reach the third period leading or inside a goal.