Bernier stopped 27 of 31 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes. The fifth Carolina goal came into an empty net with over five minutes remaining, as coach Jeff Blashill was aggressive with pulling his goalie and got burned. Bernier has lost his first two starts in March after winning three of his last four in February, and victories will likely continue to be hard to come by on the rebuilding Red Wings.
Bernier will defend the road goal in Thursday's game versus the Hurricanes. Bernier is looking to bounce back after he got yanked for allowing four goals on 27 shots to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The 32-year-old netminder has been one of the few bright spots for the Red Wings this year, putting up a .913 save percentage and a 6-4-0 record through 12 appearances. Nevertheless, he should have his hands full Thursday, as the Canes rank sixth in the league with 3.27 goals per contest.
Bernier stopped 23 of 27 shots before being replaced by Thomas Greiss to begin the third period of Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. Columbus seemed to have a book on Bernier, as three of the four goals were fired from almost the exact same spot in the faceoff circle to his left and beat him high. This was the first time since Jan. 24 he's allowed more than three goals in a start, and on the season Bernier is 6-4-0 with a 2.84 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Bernier will get the road start in Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets. In February, Bernier was remarkable, putting together a .937 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA over seven appearances. He managed a 4-2-0 record in that stretch, and he draws a strong matchup to potentially stay hot. The Blue Jackets enter Tuesday's game ranked 23rd in the league with 2.65 goals per game.
Bernier turned aside 33 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday. Bernier has won three of his last four starts, logging a terrific .946 save percentage during that stretch. He's had to earn it, making 30-plus saves in all four of those outings. Bernier's stellar January has lifted his season save percentage to a respectable .918, which would be his best such mark since 2013-14.
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