Sparks appeared in relief Saturday and stopped all four shots he faced against the Bruins. Coach Mike Babcock pulled Frederik Andersen early in the third period. Sparks was solid, but that doesn't make him a worthy fantasy play. His ice time will be limited to back-to-back games.
Sparks made 27 saves Thursday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings. Sparks was shaky early, allowing two goals in a 1:03 span in the first. He then staked the Wings to a 4-1 lead by the 11:07 mark of the second period before his teammates roared back to tie the game. Sparks needs to do more than he showed Thursday to earn the confidence of his coach.
Sparks will get the starting nod at home versus Detroit on Thursday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports. Sparks will be making just his sixth appearance between the pipes this season, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise considering Frederik Andersen saw 40 or more shots in each of his previous four outings. In limited action, the 25-year-old Sparks has been decent with a 4-1-0 record, along with one shutout and 2.57 GAA and .924 save percentage.
Sparks made 35 saves in a 6-0 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night. Sparksy needs a few more like this. They don't all have to be shutouts, but they do need to be as solid and consistent as he showed Saturday. Sparks doesn't really have the confidence of coach Mike Babcock, so this effort could start changing that. And maybe result in a bit more ice time.
Sparks will start in goal Saturday evening against the visiting Flyers, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports. Sparks was nearly perfect his last time out, setting aside 38 of 39 shots en route to a road win over host Anaheim on Nov 16. The American netminder will now field shots from a Flyers club that ranks no better than 16th in goals (3.09), shots on goal (31.5) or the power play (15.7 percent), as measured on a per-game basis.
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