Bernier saved 13-of-15 shots after entering the game in the second period of Monday's 7-3 loss to Montreal. Things just aren't going well in Detroit right now, as the team fell to 0-4-2 in embarrassing fashion. Neither Bernier nor Jimmy Howard have been particularly impressive, with Howard getting rocked for five goals Monday. It would be smart to avoid Detroit's goaltenders for fantasy purposes right now.
Bernier gave up all eight Boston goals on 39 shots in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Bruins. Bernier allowed just one goal in the opening frame, but things really unraveled for him after the game's halfway mark. Boston struck six times from 11:27 into the second period onward, including a goal with two seconds left in the third just to rub a little extra salt in the wounds of owners who chose to gamble on Bernier in this risky matchup. Detroit is winless through five games and beat up on the blue line, so using the team's goaltenders in fantasy will likely lead to nothing but trouble.
Bernier is listed on NHL.com as the road starter against the Bruins on Saturday. Bernier allowed three goals on 24 shots in Sunday's road loss to the Kings, his former team, telling reporters afterwards that he'd be better his next time out. Of course, talk is cheap, so we'll have to see if Bernier and the Wings can rally back from their worst start (0-2-2) since 1980.
Bernier allowed three goals on 24 shots in Sunday's 4-2 road loss to the Kings. Facing the team that made him the 11th overall pick in 2006, Bernier was consistently under pressure at the doorstep, and the Kings managed to beat him at sharp angles and in 5-on-5 situations. Detroit actually outshot the possession-happy club 38 to 25 in this one, but with six rookies on the active roster, don't be surprised if the Winged Wheel continues to struggle.
Bernier will get the starting nod in Los Angeles on Sunday. Bernier inked a three-year deal with Detroit this offseason and should continue getting decent playing time along with Jimmy Howard. He registered a .913 save percentage and 2.85 GAA last year in his lone season with the Avalanche.
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