McElhinney made 24 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped one of three shootout attempts in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Wings. Neither team gave its netminder much help in this one -- Detroit's opening goal in the first period came on a stretch pass that sprung Robby Fabbri for a clear breakaway, setting the tone for the afternoon -- but McElhinney also failed to come up with a big save when the Bolts needed him to. The veteran goalie is now 8-8-2 on the season with a mediocre 2.89 GAA and .906 save percentage.
McElhinney will guard the cage for Sunday's road matchup versus Detroit, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. The 36-year-old has been decent in spot-start duties this campaign, going 8-7-2 along with a 2.83 GAA and .908 save percentage in 17 appearances. McElhinney will draw an outstanding matchup against a Red Wings offense that sits last in the league in goals per game this season (1.97). McElhinney certainly warrants a strong look in DFS formats against the league's worst team in Detroit.
McElhinney made 22 saves on 26 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday. Yikes. McElhinney held a 2-0 lead until 4:36 into the third period. Then, the bottom fell out -- the Hawks tied it with two goals in 26 seconds and put up four in just 7:07. The loss snapped McElhinney's three-game winning streak.
McElhinney will be between the pipes at home versus the Blackhawks on Thursday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. McElhinney has appeared in just three of the Lightning's previous 16 contests but is undefeated in those outings with a 1.31 GAA and .955 save percentage. The backup netminder won't have the benefit of Steven Stamkos (undisclosed) in the lineup, yet he should still be able to rely on some offensive support from the league's most potent offense (3.52 goals per game).
McElhinney stopped 24 of 27 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche. It was a back-and-forth type of game, which saw McElhinney unable to protect a 3-1 lead at one point. The veteran goalie would still go on to pick up his third straight win when Nikita Kucherov tallied in overtime. Through 16 appearances, McElhinney has an 8-6-2 record, a 2.76 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to return to the crease Thursday in Vegas.
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