Minnesota Wild v Vancouver Canucks

Goalie nods: Wild go back to Kuemper, Zatkoff in for Pens


News and notes from around the crease…

Kuemper gets another shot

One night after getting yanked in a loss to Vancouver, Darcy Kuemper will be back in goal for the Wild.

Kuemper will start tonight against St. Louis, looking to rebound for a poor effort in which he allowed three goals on 12 shots against the Canucks before getting pulled in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov.

The 23-year-old Kuemper has been good this year, posting a 12-7-4 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.32 GAA. That said, the pressure will only increase from here on in and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds, especially against the NHL’s top team tonight.

For the Blues, Ryan Miller will get the start in goal.

Pens turn to Zatkoff

It looks to be a battle of the backups tonight in Pittsburgh when the Pens host the Kings.

Jeff Zatkoff is already confirmed as Pittsburgh’s starter tonight — he’ll face the organization that drafted him in 2006 — and it looks as though L.A. will go with Martin Jones.

Zatkoff will play for the first time since stopping 21 shots in a 4-3 OT win over Tampa Bay. Jones hasn’t played since Mar. 15, when he allowed two goals on 20 shots in a loss to the Ducks.


Blackhawks at Bruins: Corey Crawford vs. Tuukka Rask

Coyotes at Devils: Thomas Greiss vs. Martin Brodeur

Habs at Red Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard

‘Canes at Panthers: Anton Khudobin vs. Roberto Luongo

Isles at Lightning: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Ben Bishop

Sabres at Preds: Matthew Hackett vs. Carter Hutton

Canucks at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado; Eddie Lack likely for Vancouver.

Jets at Sharks: Al Montoya vs. Antti Niemi

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

Tomas Fleischmann,
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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.