News and notes from around the crease…
Sergei Bobrovsky, who’s missed the last eight periods due to illness, will be back in goal tonight for Columbus’ huge tilt against Colorado.
Boborovsky fell ill during the opening frame of a 4-2 win over Detroit last week and was pulled — forcing Curtis McElhinney into emergency duty — but has recovered sufficiently, at least enough to return tonight in the hopes of building off his solid March numbers: 7-4-1 record, 2.15 GAA and .928 save percentage.
For the Avs, Semyon Varlamov will get the start in goal, just a few nights after making 47 saves on 49 shots in a big win over San Jose on the weekend.
Philly goes with Emery
Ray Emery will start for the third time in eight games tonight when the Flyers take on the Blues in St. Louis.
Emery’s last appearance was a beauty — stopping 41 shots in a tough 3-2 loss to the Kings — but that was in the friendly confines of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena. On the road, Emery’s been subpar this season, boasting a 4-8-1 record, 3.16 GAA and .895 save percentage.
For the Blues, Ryan Miller will be in goal.
Devils at Sabres: Cory Schneider vs. Nathan Lieuwen
Stars at Capitals: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jaroslav Halak
‘Canes at Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh; Anton Khudobin likely for Carolina.
Panthers at Isles: Evgeni Nabokov for New York; Scott Clemmensen likely for Florida.
Flames at Leafs: Karri Ramo vs. Jonathan Bernier
Habs at Lightning: Carey Price vs. Ben Bishop
Rangers at Canucks: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Eddie Lack
Jets at Coyotes: Thomas Greiss for Phoenix; no word yet on Winnipeg.
Oilers at Sharks: Ben Scrivens vs. Antti Niemi