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Subban (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Maxime Lagace was slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury in this latest session, two days before the Golden Knights are to play host to the Capitals for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The expansion club based in Vegas will certainly hope that it won't have to rely on Subban or Lagace in the Cup finals -- that's not a knock on either tender, but it would mean that something went awry with Flower, who's won 12 of 15 games in these playoffs to complement an immaculate .947 save percentage. Subban, on the other hand, hasn't even seen game action since April 7.
Holtby was in the starter's net during Saturday's practice, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports. The celebrated backstop is preparing for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Golden Knights in Vegas on Monday.
This comes as no surprise, as Holtby has been rock solid for the Capitals after spelling Phillip Grubauer in the first round against Columbus. The 28-year-old sports a 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage behind a 12-6-0 record in the postseason and will look to continue that trend against the upstart Golden Knights.
No surprise here. Hellebuyck is a finalist for the 2018 Vezina Trophy following a breakout campaign comprised of a 44-11-9 record, 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage from the regular season. The American netminder guided the Jets all the way to the conference finals, though he ran into trouble against a Golden Knights club playing out a fairytale narrative in its inaugural campaign. Hellebuyck inked a one-year, $2.25 million contract to stay in Winnipeg last summer, but it's safe to say he'll command a serious pay raise upon agreeing to his next deal.
Vasilevskiy stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced Wednesday, but it wasn't anywhere near enough to keep his team's season alive, as it took a 4-0 loss to Washington in Game 7.
Vasilevskiy didn't get off to a great start on Alex Ovechkin's early goal, and the Lightning defense didn't help by allowing Andre Burakovsky two great looks at the net. Tampa Bay made the mistakes a team can't make in a Game 7, and Vasilevskiy and his owners paid the price. The netminder was solid in Games 3, 4 and 5 to get his team back in the series, but Game 7 more closely resembled the struggles of the first two games in this series, a tough way for him to end what was a quality season for himself and his owners.
Holtby stopped all 29 shots Wednesday, helping his team reach the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Holtby now hasn't allowed a goal since 33 seconds into the second period of Game 5, and if he and the defense can keep this up, even Vegas' powerful offense will be hard-pressed to find twine.
Fleury (undisclosed) is not dealing with an injury, despite skipping Wednesday's practice session, per Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Initial reports following Sunday's Game 5 clincher suggested Fleury may have been dealing with an injury; however, it appears the netminder is ready to go and is getting some much needed time off. At this point in the season, nearly every player is dealing with some sort of aches and pains, so it shouldn't come as a surprise the 32-year-old is resting up ahead of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flower is 12-3 with a 1.68 GAA in the postseason and seems dialed in on his way to lifting Lord Stanley's chalice for a third consecutive time.
Vasilevksiy will guard the home crease in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Capitals, ESPN reports.
Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced during Game 6, but it wasn't enough for him to avoid a loss that forced a Game 7 showdown in Tampa. He's been particularly impressive over the last four contests, totaling a 2.01 GAA and a .942 save percentage to compile a 3-1-0 record following an 0-2-0 start to the series. The 23-year-old netminder may need another strong effort Wednesday to boost the Lightning to their second Stanley Cup Finals in the last four seasons.
Niemi agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Montreal on Tuesday worth $950,000.
After a disappointing start to his 2017-18 season with Pittsburgh and Florida, Niemi finally settled in with the Canadiens, as he went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA in 19 appearances. The Habs obviously liked the netminder's body of work and at a relatively discounted $950,000, he won't break the bank for a No. 2 behind Carey Price. Even if the Finn does struggle, the club still has Charlie Lindgren waiting in the wings.
Holtby will defend the net in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Lightning in Tampa Bay, ESPN reports.
Holtby bounced back from a trio of disappointing efforts to post a 24-save shutout in Game 6, setting up perhaps the biggest game of his career Wednesday. He's been stellar overall this postseason (11-6-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .919 save percentage) and even more dominant on the road, owning a 7-2-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .921 save percentage over nine appearances. Another strong effort may be required Wednesday for the Caps to earn their first trip to the Finals since 1997-98.
Mason missed Game 4 of the Western Conference finals due to a back injury, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Mason told reporters he took a cortisone shot in order to dress for Game 5, which would seem to indicate there is not expected to be any long-term impact from his back problem. Given the 29-year-old's $4.1 million cap hit heading into the 2018-19 campaign, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the Jets try to trade him, considering that's a lot of money to devote to a backup and the team still needs to sign Connor Hellebuyck to a new deal. In limited action this season, Mason was a serviceable No. 2, as he posted a 5-6-1 record with a 3.24 GAA. If the Ontario native is still with Winnipeg next season, fantasy owners can likely expect 25 games to be his ceiling.