Columbus (16-16-4) at Anaheim (19-14-4), 9:00 p.m. EST
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — Chris Mason is the youngest
goaltender in the NHL, but is performing like a seasoned
The Columbus Blue Jackets and their prized rookie look for their
third straight win when they continue a six-game road trip
against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
A third-round pick in 2006, Mason is 11-7-1 with an NHL-leading
1.77 goals-against average in 19 games since being recalled from
Syracuse of the American Hockey League on November 4.
Mason is coming off back-to-back shutouts, stopping a total of
44 shots in victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and Los
Angeles Kings this week.
Selected the 2008 World Junior Championship’s most valuable
player for helping Canada to its fourth straight gold medal,
Mason was called up to the parent club after top netminder
Pascal Leclaire went down with an injury.
However, he continued to start upon Leclaire’s return and was
named NHL rookie of the month for November after going a 5-2-1,
while posting two shutouts.
If Mason intends on keeping his shutout streak alive, he will
have to stymie Anaheim, which has been blanked just once this
The Ducks snapped a three-game losing skid on Sunday, when they
used key third-period goals from Steve Montador and Bobby Ryan
to beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.
With that win, Anaheim wrapped up a five-game road trip (2-2-1)
and will now play seven of their next eight contests at home.