Driedger allowed one goal on 12 shots after replacing Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period of Saturday's 6-2 Game 4 loss to Tampa Bay.
After coming in to relieve Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period, Driedger was hung out to dry by his teammates on Nikita Kucherov's power-play goal. Driedger has allowed eight goals in his three appearances in this series, having started the previous two games. It's unclear who will start Monday's elimination game for the Panthers, but neither Bobrovsky nor Driedger has found a way to stop the Lightning's offense thus far.
Driedger allowed five goals on 22 shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over Tampa.
In his second consecutive start, Driedger allowed five Lightning goals in the second period alone and was relieved by Sergei Bobrovsky to start the third period. The 27-year-old is still looking for his first career playoff win, as he's allowed seven goals in his two starts. Driedger posted a .927 save percentage and allowed 2.07 GAA in his 23 starts this regular season.
Driedger will guard the road cage during Thursday's Game 3 versus Tampa Bay.
Driedger was solid in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Lightning, turning aside 26 of 28 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of the postseason due to insufficient goal support form his teammates. The 27-year-old netminder will attempt to secure his first win of the playoffs against Tampa Bay on the road Thursday.
Driedger allowed two goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 2.
Driedger wasn't able to find much success Tuesday, as the Panthers only mustered a Mason Marchment goal in the second period. The 27-year-old Driedger posted a 2.07 GAA and a .927 save percentage in 23 regular-season games. With the Panthers trailing 2-0 to the Lightning in the first-round series, head coach Joel Quenneville has lost the luxury to be patient with either Driedger or Sergei Bobrovsky in goal. A starter for Thursday's Game 3 in Tampa has yet to be named.
Driedger will start between the pipes in Tuesday's Game 2 versus Tampa Bay on the road, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.
Bobrovsky got the nod for Sunday's Game 1, but he didn't perform very well, surrendering five goals on 40 shots en route to a bitter 5-4 defeat, so the Panthers will roll with Driedger for a pivotal Game 2 matchup. Driedger was fantastic in his last start May 10, which just so happened to be against the Lightning, stopping all 30 shots he faced en route to a 4-0 victory. If Driedger performs well Tuesday, he could take over as Florida's No. 1 option versus the Bolts moving forward.
Driedger stopped all 30 shots he faced in Monday's 4-0 win over the Lightning.
The 26-year-old hadn't seen much action down the stretch as the Panthers took a look at Spencer Knight and got Sergei Bobrovsky ready for the playoffs, but Driedger seized his final opportunity and recorded his third shutout of the year. On the season, he put together a 14-6-3 record with a stellar 2.07 GAA and .927 save percentage, and he's poised to get a big payday in free agency in the offseason.
Driedger will start Monday's season finale against the Lightning, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
Driedger returned from a lower-body injury to work in a backup capacity Saturday against Tampa Bay, but Monday will mark his first game action since April 26. This could be his last appearance with Florida, unless Driedger's called upon to replace starter Sergei Bobrovsky in the postseason. The pending free agent has earned himself a nice raise, going 13-6-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage this season.
Driedger (lower body) will back up Sergei Bobrovsky against the Lightning on Saturday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Driedger was slated to make his return from a lower-body injury at some point this week, and while he won't start this game, his availability as the backup suggests Driedger's back to full health. With home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs on the line between Saturday's game and Tuesday's rematch, it's possible Driedger will cede the net to Bobrovsky again in Tuesday's finale.
Coach Joel Quenneville expects Driedger (lower body) to start either Thursday or Saturday against the Lightning, David Dwork of WPLG Local 10 South Florida reports.
Driedger won't be available Monday against Dallas, but his coach expects the goalie to return for one of the next two games. With promising youngster Spencer Knight on hand to spell Sergei Bobrovsky when necessary, the Panthers have the luxury of letting Driedger heal without rushing him back.
Driedger (lower body) should return sometime on the team's upcoming homestand starting Monday against Dallas.
Head coach Joel Quenneville said that Driedger would return at home next week, which would likely mean Monday against Dallas or Saturday against Tampa Bay. Driedger will have missed a minimum of three games with the lower-body issue.
Driedger (lower body) will miss the remainder of Florida's road trip, David Dwork of Local 10 News South Florida reports.
Driedger exited Monday's loss to Nashville with a lower-body injury, and he'll miss at least the team's next three games as a result. Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight will split goaltending duties while Driedger heals up.
Driedger (lower body) left Monday's game against the Predators and will not return, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Driedger allowed two goals on 16 shots through 34:46 of ice time before he left the game. It's unclear exactly how he was injured or how severe it is. Sergei Bobrovsky replaced him in Monday's contest and will likely start Tuesday against Nashville. Driedger will be considered day-to-day until another update is available.
Driedger will start Monday's game in Nashville.
Driedger has terrific overall numbers (13-5-3, 2.13 GAA and .924 save percentage), but he hasn't been as sharp recently, stopping just 16 of 19 shots in each of his past two starts. He'll look to batten down the hatches against a Predators team that has played well recently but averages only 2.61 goals per game -- eighth-fewest in the league.
Driedger made 16 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over Carolina.
The ice was tilted heavily toward the Carolina goal -- Driedger faced half the shots his opponent Alex Nedeljkovic did. He hadn't played since April 15. Driedger's last two games were almost identical -- pushed to OT and 16 stops in each. That's just not enough to instill confidence going forward, but a win is a win.
Driedger (lower body) will guard the home goal during Saturday's matchup with Carolina, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Driedger struggled in his last start April 15 versus Tampa Bay, surrendering three goals on just 19 shots en route to a tough 3-2 overtime loss. The 26-year-old netminder will try to bounce back and secure his 13th win of the season in a home matchup with a Hurricanes squad that's averaging 3.00 goals per game on the road this campaign, 12th in the NHL.
Driedger is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Sergei Bobrovsky has been playing pretty well recently and Spencer Knight was fantastic in his NHL debut Tuesday against Columbus, so the Panthers can afford to take their time with Driedger's recovery. Another update on the 26-year-old Driedger, who's gone 12-5-3 while posting an admirable 2.09 GAA and .927 save percentage in 20 appearances this season, should surface once he's deemed fit to play.
Driedger made 16 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning on Thursday.
He was beaten on the power play in the first when a pass ricocheted off his defender's stick. The game-tying goal slipped past on a redirection. And then Victor Hedman deked and slipped the puck past Driedger early in OT. Regardless, he's been well above average this season. Driedger is 5-2-1 in his last eight starts with two shutouts and just 13 goals allowed.
Driedger will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Lightning, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.
Driedger was solid in his last start Tuesday against the Stars, stopping 24 of 26 shots en route to a 3-2 overtime win. He'll try to earn his 13th victory of the season in a rough road matchup with a Tampa Bay team that's 15-4-0 at home this year.
Driedger allowed two goals on 26 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Stars.
Driedger didn't have much of an answer for the Stars' top line, but a Frank Vatrano power-play goal in overtime lifted the Panthers to victory. The 26-year-old Driedger improved to 12-5-2 with a 2.04 GAA and a .930 save percentage through 19 games. The Panthers have alternated Driedger and Sergei Bobrovsky over the last 10 games, which would mean the latter is in line to start Thursday in Tampa if the pattern holds.
Driedger will start in Tuesday's road game versus the Stars.
Driedger and Sergei Bobrovsky will alternate starts for a 10th straight game. Driedger has been excellent over the past month with a .952 save percentage, a 1.34 GAA and a 4-2-0 record. The Stars have won four of their past seven outings while averaging 2.8 goals.
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|05/22||@ TB||L 2-6||1||11||12|
|05/20||@ TB||W 6-5 (OT)||5||17||22|
|05/18||vs TB||L 1-3||1||2||26||28|
|05/10||vs TB||W 4-0||1||0||30||30|
|04/26||@ NSH||L 1-4||1||2||14||16|
|04/24||vs CAR||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||16||19|
|04/15||@ TB||L 2-3 (OT)||1||3||16||19|
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