Bernier stopped 23 of 26 shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jets. Winnipeg's final goal came into an empty net, as Bernier's first start of 2019 didn't go too smoothly. The 30-year-old is now 1-5-2 over his last eight outings with a 3.73 GAA and an .886 save percentage, and while Jimmy Howard isn't playing a whole lot better at the moment, Bernier has virtually no chance of displacing him at the top of Detroit's depth chart.
Bernier allowed five goals on 42 shots in Saturday's 5-1 road loss to the Stars. Bernier was a sieve in this one, but it didn't help matters that the Stars were on point with their stretch passes and the Wings were outmatched 15 to 23 in high-danger scoring chances. Detroit's primary backup only has five wins in 18 games, and one would think that he'd have to elevate his game in a major way before the Original Six club would seriously consider trading No. 1 netminder Jimmy Howard.
Bernier led his team out to the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. As a result, we can safely assume he'll be the road starter versus the Stars. Bernier prevailed over the Stars in an Oct. 28 home start, stopping 28 of 30 shots in the process, but we're a bit wary of his chances to double up against them two months later. As colorfully illustrated in a report by Sean Shapiro of The Athletic, Stars ownership and the management team publicly called out captain Jamie Benn and stud center Tyler Seguin for not meeting performance expectations, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them step up to the detriment of Bernier and the Wings. Detroit's backup goalie has awful numbers, including a 5-9-2 record, 3.47 GAA and .893 save percentage through 30 games.
Bernier will man the crease against the Maple Leafs on Sunday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports. It's been a rough first year for Bernier in Detroit, who's posting career lows in GAA (3.38) and save percentage (.898) along with a 5-9-1 record. He last faced Toronto on Dec. 6, allowing four goals on 31 shots in a 5-4 victory. He'll be hard to trust against this powerhouse offense again.
Despite a previous report that confirmed Bernier would be in goal Saturday, Jimmy Howard ended up drawing the start against Florida. With Howard in goal against the Panthers, it appears as though Bernier is on track to start Sunday against Toronto.
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