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Michael Hutchinson was the winning goalie on Monday night, backstopping the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. He stopped 17 of 18 shots.
Hutch didn't have an overly busy evening while seeing sub-20 SOG but he made the saves when he had to and included a nice pad-save on a break away by Anthony Mantha. He got the win for his new team while newly-signed Pavel Francouz got the night off. The Avalanche set a franchise record for eight straight road wins. This was Hutchinson's first call to action since being acquired and is now 1-0 with a .944 save percentage and 1.00 GAA since joining the Avs.
Michael Hutchinson will reportedly receive a start on the first half of the Maple Leafs' back-to-back on Friday afternoon in Buffalo.
Hutchinson will make his first start in the NHL since Sheldon Keefe was named head coach of the Leafs. After struggling as the back-up to start the season, Hutchinson got his game together with the AHL Marlies in three starts (3-0-0, .942 SV%, 1.95 GAA). He's got another chance to prove himself as the man to back-up Freddie Andersen, so a motivated Hutchinson has spot-start appeal behind a scorching-hot Maple Leafs team while facing-off against a Sabres team that has lost five of their last six.
Michael Hutchinson was placed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The 29-year-old goaltender went 0-4-1 with a 4.44 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage this season.
This move comes less than 24 hours after Hutchinson was torched for five goals on 34 shots in what was his fifth straight loss to open the season. The Leafs were simply unable to get it done with Hutchinson backstopping them, so he'll either be picked up by another organization or find himself in the AHL where he's better suited. It's likely Kasimir Kaskisuo (6-1-1, 2.13 GAA, .928 SV%) is called up from the Toronto Marlies in a corresponding move. It remains to be seen if the Leafs look to bring in another goaltender from outside the organization.
Michael Hutchinson surrendered five goals and made 29 saves in Toronto's 5-4 loss in Chicago on Sunday night. Hutchinson remains winless for the season, and his record falls to 0-4-1.
Hutchison and the Leafs fell into a 3-0 hole in the first period and had to claw their way back all night to get back into it. The Leafs outshot their opponents 57-34 in this game, so you could make the argument they might have deserved a better result, but you can't expect too much with the play that Hutchinson is providing them. He probably doesn't have much time left if some vast improvements aren't made on his .879 save percentage and 4.44 goals-against average. He's not a reliable spot start in fantasy.
Michael Hutchison stopped 33 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Montreal Canadiens put five past him, and eventually won 5-2. Hutchison's record fell to 0-3-1 on the season.
Hutchison was actually pretty good in the early going. He faced 19 shots in the first period alone and managed to at least keep his team in the game for a little while. But eventually the Montreal attack caught up to Hutch and the Leafs. He now carries a 4.26 goals-against average and .885 save percentage and has not shown in the slightest that he can be trusted for fantasy.