Hutchinson allowed two goals on 34 shots in Friday's 3-1 loss against the Ducks. Hutchinson has done a pretty decent job since returning to head coach Paul Maurice's goaltender rotation, allowing two or fewer goals in each of his past five appearances (two starts). He is likely to continue seeing time in the crease down the stretch, but Hutchinson remains a low-end No. 2 fantasy option in most pools.
Hutchinson will start in goal against Anaheim on Friday. Hutchinson has been on as much of a roll as a backup of his caliber can be, notching two wins and posting a 1.50 GAA and .949 save percentage in his last two appearances. The good form has apparently earned him more playing time, and he will look to make the most of it Friday against a Ducks squad that averages 2.75 goals per game at home.
Hutchinson made 24 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Flyers. This stat line would've looked even better for Hutchinson if he didn't give up a meaningless Matt Read tally with two seconds left. He got his first start since Jan. 16 here, two nights after nabbing a win over the Wild with a scoreless, 13-save performance in relief of Connor Hellebuyck. The regular starter has managed just one win with a 4.52 GAA over his past five appearances, so this pair of performances could earn Hutchinson more playing time in Hellebuyck's stead down the stretch.
Hutchinson will tend the twine against the Flyers on Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Hutchinson has just three relief appearances since his last start in goal on Jan. 16, in which he was rocked for four goals on 31 shots by San Jose. It seems the netminder earned this opportunity by going 13-for-13 in relief on Sunday on his way to just his fifth win of the season. The 27-year-old will have his hands full versus Philadelphia, which is averaging 31.4 shots per game -- fifth in the league.
Hutchinson stopped all 13 shots in relief during a 5-4 victory over the Wild on Sunday. This was, by far, his best relief appearance of the season, and it led to Hutchinson capturing his first victory since Dec. 22. Even still, this performance should hardly lead anyone to trust the 27-year-old, who came into Sunday with a 4-11-3 record and .893 save percentage in 2016-17. His numbers are his worst across the board, and he probably won't receive consistent work down the stretch.
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