Goalie nods: Greiss to face Pens, Miller looks to bump mini-slump

News and notes from around the crease…

Greiss goes for Coyotes

He was scheduled to start tonight’s game against Pittsburgh anyway, but Thomas Greiss figures to have a bit more pressure on him now that Mike Smith is out with a lower-body injury.

Greiss came on in relief of Smith during last night’s 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers, allowing two goals on nine shots — including the winner in the extra frame. Now, the 28-year-old German will carry the load until Smith is healthy. Greiss hasn’t played much this year, boasting a 7-5-2 record in just 16 appearances, but does have a good save percentage (.924) and goals-against average (2.38).

For the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal.

Miller looks to rebound

Ryan Miller is aiming to snap his first slump as a Blue tonight when he squares off against Toronto.

After starting 8-0-1 with St. Louis, Miller has lost his last two starts while allowing seven goals, posting an .844 save percentage. Miller’s slide was exacerbated by the fact his backup, Brian Elliott, was stellar in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh, stopping all 33 shot faced for his fourth shutout of the season.

For the Leafs, no official starter has been named… but it appears Jonathan Bernier is set to return from a groin injury.


Kings at Capitals: Jaroslav Halak for Washington; Martin Jones could go for L.A. after Jonathan Quick played last night against Philly.

Isles at ‘Canes: Anders Nilsson vs. Cam Ward

Red Wings at Blue Jackets: Jimmy Howard vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Sens at Panthers: Roberto Luongo for Florida; Robin Lehner probable for Ottawa.

Sabres at Canadiens: Matthew Hackett vs. Carey Price

Stars at Blackhawks: Corey Crawford likely for Chicago; Tim Thomas could go for Dallas after Kari Lehtonen played last night against Winnipeg.

Avs at Preds: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado; no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Sharks at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton; Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.