McElhinney made 25 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Florida. Toronto made life easy for its backup goalie by racing out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a 13-3 shot advantage in the opening frame. While the Panthers twice cut the lead to one, they were never able to pull back even despite holding identical 12-6 advantages in both the second and third periods. McElhinney has started two of his team's past three games, but he'll likely take a seat as soon as Frederik Andersen (upper body) is deemed healthy enough to play.
McElhinney will be in the crease for Tuesday's game against Florida, David Alter of The Athletic reports. The backup hasn't been very sharp lately, with an .885 save percentage and 3.93 GAA in his last four games. The Panthers are near the bottom of the league, ranking 23rd with 2.54 goals per game, so McElhinney should get a chance to right the ship Tuesday.
McEhinney entered Saturday's game to start the second period and stopped 19 shots in a 5-2 loss to Buffalo. He allowed three goals. Starter Frederick Andersen was forced from the game after suffering some type of upper-body injury. We're waiting on a diagnosis, so be ready to slot McElhinney into the blue paint in the short term.
McElhinney stopped 30 of 32 shots en route to a 4-2 win over New Jersey on Thursday. Only rarely does McElhinney get to play behind Frederik Andersen in Toronto, but the veteran journeyman has put up decent numbers when given the chance, going 4-4-0 with a 2.62 GAA and .923 save percentage. He's worth taking a shot on in DFS when he gets a favorable matchup.
McElhinney will get the starting nod against the Devils on Thursday, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports. McElhinney will be making just his second start since recording a Feb. 19 shutout against Carolina. Since being claimed off waivers by Toronto, the netminder has posted a 3-4-0 record with a 2.70 GAA and .921 save percentage. It seems as though coach Mike Babcock is shielding the 33-year-old by suiting him up against the offensively challenged Devils rather than throwing him out there against his former club Wednesday, when Frederik Andersen will get the start against the Blue Jackets.
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