Former NHL netminder Mike McKenna provides his Daily Faceoff Starting Goalie Matchup of the Day for Sat. Dec. 10, 2022:
Why I like this matchup:
I think the Kings might need Pheonix Copley more than they realize. And Jake Allen has had some mega performances lately for the Habs.
What to watch for:
Kings fans are used to seeing acrobatics in net with Jonathon Quick and Cal Petersen. But that’s not Phoenix Copley. Standing 6-foot-4, he’s a big goaltender that uses his size effectively. Copley plays with structure and is rarely out of position. At 30 years of age, he’s well past the label of being a prospect. But the Kings have had the worst goaltending in the NHL this season and Cal Petersen is currently in the AHL trying to rediscover his game. This might be Copley’s last real chance at earning a full-time role in the NHL.
Don’t let Jake Allen’s .895 save percentage fool you: he’s actually been really strong for the Canadiens. His 3.3 goals saved above expected (according to moneypuck.com) is 21st in the NHL – just behind Logan Thompson of the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s outright stolen two wins during the month of December. The first, a 46-save outing against Calgary. Then a 31-save victory against the Kraken. He’s had the occasional blowup game but that speaks more to the youthful Montreal team in front of him.
What fantasy owners should do:
If your team picked up Copley, nice play. Start him. I think LA has a good shot of winning tonight. Owners of Allen know it can be feast or famine. And against a team like the Kings that can be unpredictable from a scoring standpoint, I’d be nervous of starting him.
Bottom line for Jake Allen:
Peripheral vision is everything against a free-wheeler like Kings forward Kevin Fiala.
Bottom line for Phoenix Copley:
Despite career implications, he needs to treat tonight’s game like it’s business as usual.
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