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P. Mrazek - G
Petr Mrazek allowed five goals on 27 shots during Monday's 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
This game didn't mean anything in the standings, but it's not the way Mrazek wanted to perform heading into a playoff series against these same Predators. The 29-year-old only played in 12 games this year due to injury, but he could salvage his campaign if he gets an opportunity to play (well) in the postseason. He finishes the year with a 6-2-3 record, a 2.06 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.
Added 10:57 pm (EST)
P. Rinne - G
Pekka Rinne turned aside all 30 shots he faced during Monday's 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
This was a special moment for the Predators legend, as this could've been his final regular season game for the team. Not only did he play well in this game, he was able to record the 60th shutout of his career in the process. The fans gave Rinne a great ovation when he skated onto the ice after the game as the first star. He has a 10-12-1 record with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage in 2021. He had a rough year, but there's no denying that his career has been rock-solid.
Added 10:53 pm (EST)
L. Brossoit - G
Laurent Brossoit allowed three goals in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Jets have been locked into a playoff spot for a while so the loss doesn't mean all that much but Montreal is still breathing down their necks for the third slot in the North Division. Brossoit was the benefactor of some unfortunate bounces and poor defensive play by the team in front of him that led to pucks in the back of his net. The 28-year-old owns a 6-6-0 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Added 10:51 pm (EST)
S. Aho - C
Sebastian Aho had three goals on goal during Monday's 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Aho has now gone three straight games without picking up a point, but the entire team failed to get a puck by Predators veteran Pekka Rinne. The 23-year-old finished the night with a minus-2 rating and two penalty minutes in 13:08 of ice time. The Hurricanes forward finishes the regular season with 24 goals and 57 points in 56 games. These two teams will go head-to-head in the opening round of postseason.
Added 10:50 pm (EST)
T. Demko - G
Thatcher Demko turned aside 39 shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Demko had a stellar performance in what ultimately ended up being a meaningless performance for the Canucks as they were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night. He made two big stops on a Kyle Connor breakaway to keep their 2-1 lead in tact in the second period. Demko owns a 14-17-1 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Added 10:44 pm (EST)
M. Duchene - F
Matt Duchene scored a pair of goals during Monday's 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Duchene gave the Predators 2-0 and 3-0 in the first two periods of the game and they cruised the rest of the way. The 30-year-old finished the night with a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 16:36 of ice time. It's been a tough year for him in Nashville, but he could be building some positive momentum heading into the playoffs. Duchene finishes the regular season with six goals and just 13 points in 33 games this season. These two teams will go head-to-head in the opening round of the postseason.
Added 10:42 pm (EST)
K. Connor - F
Kyle Connor scored a goal in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Connor was left alone in front of the net and finished off a feed from Mathieu Perreault to put the Jets on the board at the 10:44 mark of the first period. Winnipeg didn't generate any more offense after that as they were facing a locked-in Thatcher Demko who made 39 saves on the night. Connor finished the game with an even rating and four shots on goal in 24:22 of ice time. The 24-year-old has 23 goals and 22 assists in 54 games this season.
Added 10:40 pm (EST)
A. Vasilevskiy - G
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 30 shots during Monday's 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.
Both teams were locked into a playoff spot heading into tonight's game, but the game wasn't totally meaningless. The Bolts could've moved up into second place with a win. Vasilevskiy finished the year with a 31-10-1, a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage. This loss won't matter if the Lightning are able to knock the Panthers out of the playoffs during their first-round series.
Added 10:39 pm (EST)