Bernier signed a two-year, $8.25 million contract with the Devils on Wednesday.
Mackenzie Blackwood is locked in as New Jersey's top option in goal, but Bernier is no slouch, so it's safe to assume he'll be more of a 1B to Blackwood's 1A rather than a true No. 2 netminder. Bernier appeared in 24 games with the lousy Red Wings last season, going 9-11-1 while posting a 2.99 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Bernier was sent to the Hurricanes from the Red Wings along with a 2021 third-round pick Thursday in a swap for Alex Nedeljkovic, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Bernier is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 28, so all the Canes have done is buy themselves a few days of exclusive negotiating rights. If the veteran netminder does decide to sign with Carolina, it figures to be as the No. 2 option behind Petr Mrazek, though he is also poised to hit free agency as well.
Bernier turned aside 40 of 42 shots in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Another hard-luck loss for Bernier, who is winless in his last five starts (0-4-1) and has managed just one victory since the start of April (1-5-1). He was doomed by early goals in each of the first two periods Sunday, first a one-timer by Blake Coleman just 16 seconds into the game, then a point shot through traffic by Mikhail Sergachev at 1:09 of the middle stanza. Bernier fell to 9-11-1 on the year with 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Bernier led the Red Wings onto the ice Sunday and will man the home crease against the Lightning.
Bernier has racked up 79 saves in his last two starts but came away winless on both occasions due to a lack of support from the anemic Red Wings offense. He'll likely be in for another busy afternoon Sunday against a talented Lightning team that will be eager to get back on track after being shut out by Thomas Greiss on Saturday. Even after Saturday's setback, Tampa Bay still ranks sixth in goals per game at 3.31.
Bernier stopped 29 of 32 shots in a 3-1 loss to Carolina on Thursday.
Carolina's Brady Skjei broke a scoreless tie just under five minutes into the second period, beating Bernier with a snap shot from the slot. Warren Foegele potted the eventual winner later in the period, and Teuvo Teravainen added an insurance tally in the third to extend Bernier's winless streak to four games (0-3-1). Bernier has received more than two goals of offensive support just once in six April starts.
Bernier will patrol the road crease for Thursday's game against Carolina.
The 32-year-old continues to rotate with Thomas Griess in net for Detroit, as Bernier has gone 1-3-1 along with a 3.89 GAA and .894 save percentage over his past five starts. Bernier has been decent against Carolina this season, going 3-2-0 along with a .935 save percentage and 2.23 GAA in five appearances. He'll draw a tough matchup against a Hurricanes offense that sits ninth in the league in goals per game this season (3.20).
Contrary to a previous report, Bernier won't start Tuesday's game in Columbus and will instead back up Thomas Greiss.
It was in fact Greiss who led the Red Wings out onto the ice, while Bernier was the last man on. Greiss could be a popular budget DFS option in a favorable matchup in Columbus.
Bernier led the Red Wings out onto the ice Tuesday in Columbus, so he'll defend the road crease.
Bernier's coming off a tough-luck overtime loss to Dallas, in which he stopped 50 pucks but still came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision. The ice is unlikely to be tilted as heavily against Detroit in this one, as the Blue Jackets have actually fallen behind the Red Wings in the standings due to an 0-7-2 record over their last nine games.
Bernier stopped a career-high 50 of 52 shots Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Dallas.
Bernier was absolutely sensational, holding Dallas off the board for two-plus periods and earning No. 1 star honors. No one was able to solve him until 3:52 into the third period when Mark Pysyk found a loose puck in the crease behind Bernier and tapped it in to tie the game 1-1. Dallas' Jamie Benn beat Bernier in overtime with a top-shelf snipe from the left faceoff circle, handing the 32-year-old netminder a heartbreaking defeat. Bernier has dropped three straight decisions (0-2-1) but holds a respectable .912 save percentage for the year.
Bernier will guard the home net in Saturday's game versus the Stars, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Bernier has been up and down since returning from injury, posting an .861 save percentage and a 1-3-0 record. Nevertheless, he's enjoyed a solid season given the circumstances, recording a 9-9-0 record and a .908 save percentage. The Stars head into Saturday's game with 2.85 goals per game (15th in the league).
Bernier surrendered four goals on 12 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Stars.
Bernier was pulled early in the second period after giving up a goal to defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. The 32-year-old Bernier took the loss, dropping to 9-9-0 with a 3.08 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 21 appearances. He's allowed 14 goals in four games since he returned from a leg injury -- Thomas Greiss has been the better of the Red Wings' goalies lately.
Bernier will guard the road net in Tuesday's game versus the Stars, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Bernier has lost two of his last three starts while posting an .885 save percentage. However, he could have a decent chance to bounce back Tuesday. The matchup against the Stars is a bit intriguing, as they rank 17th in the league with 2.80 goals per game, and they'll be without both Roope Hintz (lower body) and Miro Heiskanen (lower body).
Bernier turned aside 23 of 26 shots Saturday in a 4-0 loss to Chicago.
Chicago's Patrick Kane broke a scoreless tie with 21 seconds left in the opening period and it was all the offense the Blackhawks needed. Bernier had been on a decent run the past month, going 3-2-0 with one shutout in five starts, and even after Saturday's loss he still owns a respectable .913 save percentage for the year.
Bernier will protect the home net in Saturday's game versus the Blackhawks.
Bernier has been weathering the storm in Detroit's crease this year, posting a .914 save percentage and a 9-7-0 record. The Blackhawks enter Saturday's game ranked 18th in the league with 2.75 goals per game, but their power play is seventh at 24.1 percent.
Bernier made 37 saves in Monday's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.
After the veteran netminder failed to get traded at Monday's deadline, he rewarded the Wings with a strong performance. Bernier hadn't won a game in nearly a month, spending most of that time sidelined with a leg injury, and on the season he carries a 2.92 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Bernier will patrol the crease for Monday's road contest against the Hurricanes.
After missing 10 games, Bernier was hammered for seven goals in his return Thursday against Nashville. The 32-year-old is 8-7-0 this season with a 3.03 GAA and .910 save percentage in 18 appearances. He'll have a tough matchup Monday against a Carolina team that averages 3.20 goals per game, good for eighth-best in the NHL.
Bernier (leg) allowed seven goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Predators.
Bernier missed 10 games with the injury he suffered March 18 versus the Stars. The 32-year-old was rudely welcomed back to the crease as Viktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick and the Predators put up seven unanswered tallies over the final two periods. Bernier dropped to 8-7-0 with a 3.03 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 18 appearances this year. He is likely set to resume a No. 1 role in the Red Wings' crease despite the rocky return.
Bernier will tend the home twine in Thursday's game versus the Predators, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Bernier was activated off injured reserve Thursday after missing the last 10 games with a leg injury. The 32-year-old has accrued a .918 save percentage and an 8-6-0 record this season. He's always at risk of not having enough offensive support, but this is an intriguing matchup nonetheless, as the Preds rank 27th in the league with 2.45 goals per game.
Bernier (leg) is set to be activated off injured reserve and will be available for Thursday's game versus Nashville.
The Red Wings have yet to announce a starter for Thursday's contest, but Bernier could be back between the pipes following a 10-game absence. He's gone 8-6-0 while posting a 2.78 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Bernier (leg) has begun practicing, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
There's still no timeline for Bernier's return, but he's clearly making progress in his recovery. If he's able to get back to 100 percent, the 32-year-old vet could be a target for goaltender-needy teams at the upcoming trade deadline.