Anders Lindback

Goalie nods: Lindback faces former team, McElhinney back for Jackets

News and notes from the crease…

Lindback starts against Preds

Anders Lindback will go for the Bolts tonight against the team that traded him to Tampa — the Nashville Predators.

Lindback, who has never faced the Preds, last played on Saturday and gave up three goals on 19 shots in a loss to the Devils. His numbers on the season aren’t good — 2-6-1, 3.12 GAA, .882 save percentage — but tonight represents a chance to get back on track, against a Nashville team that has issues scoring goals.

Speaking of the Preds, it’s expected Carter Hutton will get the start in goal.

McElhinney back from injury

Curtis McElhinney will return from a two-game absence (lower body) to take on the Flyers in Philadelphia tonight.

McElhinney, injured last week in a win over the Rangers, has been very good since taking Columbus’ No. 1 gig from the injured Sergei Bobrovsky. The 30-year-old has won three of four starts with a 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage.

As for the Flyers, Steve Mason will be in goal.


Bruins at Sabres: No confirmations yet, but Chad Johnson vs. Ryan Miller seems likely.

Coyotes at Maple Leafs: Again, no confirmations, but it sounds like Mike Smith vs. James Reimer.

Wild at Penguins: Niklas Backstrom for Minnesota, sounds like Jeff Zatkoff is probable for Pittsburgh.

Flames at Red Wings: Karri Ramo vs. Jonas Gustavsson

Panthers at Sens: Scott Clemmensen vs. Craig Anderson

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jaroslav Halak

Canucks at Stars: Roberto Luongo vs. Kari Lehtonen

Oilers at Avs: Devan Dubnyk vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sharks at Kings: Antti Niemi vs. Martin Jones

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.