Markstrom will defend the home net Thursday against the Coyotes. Over his last six appearances between the pipes, Markstrom has let in at least three goals in five, accumulating just a 2-3-1 record. His overall 22-17-1 mark this year has kept the Canucks within striking distance of a playoff spot, but the team has been fading in the standings with a 3-6-1 record over its last 10 games. Markstrom's best efforts have come at home this season (2.68 GAA and .914 save percentage), so a chance to get back in the win column awaits versus a lackluster Coyotes squad.
Markstrom made 23 saves on 26 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Saturday. Markstrom gave up a goal in each period as his record dropped to 22-17-6 with a 2.77 GAA and a .911 save percentage. For a lack of better options, he will continue to draw the majority of the starts as the Canucks battle for a playoff spot, making him a solid option against lower-scoring teams.
Markstrom will tend twine on the road versus the Sharks on Saturday. Markstrom has a chance to tie a career high in wins, with the Swede's current total sitting at 22 through 44 games. His ratios -- 2.77 GAA and .911 save percentage -- aren't exactly stellar, but they've been good enough for Markstrom to keep a firm grip on the No. 1 job for a Canucks team that has a minus-17 goal differential on the season. Markstrom will field pucks against a Sharks team that is tied with the Flames for first place in the Pacific Division at 75 points apiece.
Markstrom made 35 saves against 38 shots Thursday, securing a 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles. Markstrom posted another quality start in the second half of every goaltender's favorite two-game road trip this season (Southern California), and unlike his recent effort against the punchless Ducks, his teammates didn't waste his effort against the Kings. Lest you think his sharp outings are because of the (lack of) quality of his opposition, he also made 44 saves against the Flames' powerful offense last week. He's playing quality hockey between the pipes right now.
Markstrom will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Kings, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports. Markstrom was razor sharp in his last start Wednesday against Anaheim, stopping 21 of 22 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 22nd loss of the campaign due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish netminder will look to stay dialed in and pick up his 22nd victory of the season in a favorable road matchup with a Kings team that's only averaging 2.65 goals per game at home this campaign, 30th in the NHL.
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