News and notes from around the crease…
Reimer gets a shot
The Leafs will get James Reimer some much-needed game action tonight against Carolina, as he’ll make his first start since allowing three goals on 12 shots against Detroit on Dec. 21.
Reimer did see some action in relief of Jonathan Bernier during Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Rangers, but will be in from the get-go tonight after Bernier struggled against the Isles on Tuesday.
Carolina hasn’t confirmed its starter yet, but Anton Khudobin seems likely to be in goal.
Hiller gets a rest
The Ducks will give red-hot Jonas Hiller the night off Thursday, allowing Frederik Andersen to get the nod against Nashville.
Andersen last played on Dec. 29 — allowing three goals on 23 shots in a loss to San Jose — but has been stellar this season overall, posting a 9-2-0 record with a 1.98 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Andersen will take on Marek Mazanec in the Preds goal.
Panthers at Sabres: Tim Thomas vs. Jhonas Enroth
Stars at Devils: Cory Schneider in for New Jersey. No word yet on a Dallas starter.
Capitals at Lightning: Philipp Grubauer vs. Anders Lindback
Blues at Flames: Jaroslav Halak vs. Karri Ramo
Wild at Coyotes: Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Smith
Bruins at Kings: No confirmations yet. Jonathan Quick likely for Kings.
Red Wings at Sharks: Jimmy Howard in for Detroit. Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.