Cam Ward

Tonight’s starting goalies – March 30

Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

NY Rangers @ Buffalo – 7 p.m. ET

New York’s starter: You thought it wouldn’t be Henrik Lundqvist? Come on now. King Henrik goes until the Rangers clinch a spot. (Source)

Buffalo’s starter: Jhonas Enroth gets the surprise start as Ryan Miller is out with an upper body injury. The City of Buffalo says, “GULP!” (Source)

Montreal @ Carolina – 7 p.m. ET

Montreal’s starter: Carey Price gets the call in goal yet again. (Source)

Carolina’s starter: Cam Ward will start yet again as the Hurricanes try to get into the playoffs. (Source)

NY Islanders @ New Jersey – 7 p.m. ET

New York’s starter: Rick DiPietro gets the call to try and end the Devils season. (Source)

New Jersey’s starter: Martin Brodeur will do his part to keep the Devils very slim playoff hopes alive. (Source)

St. Louis @ Detroit – 7:30 p.m. ET

St. Louis’ starter: Jaroslav Halak got a bit burned last night, so why not go with Ty Conklin tonight against his old team?

Detroit’s starter: Joey MacDonald gets the call in goal once again while Jimmy Howard is out. (Source)

Anaheim @ Calgary – 9:30 p.m. ET

Anaheim’s starter: Ray Emery gets the nod in net again for the Ducks. Coach Randy Carlyle has called Emery a “god send” this year.  Lofty praise indeed. (Source)

Calgary’s starter: Miikka Kiprusoff will try to keep the Flames playoff hopes on life support tonight. (Source)

Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

John Tortorella

Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

Jake Muzzin, Scott Darling

Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.