News and notes from around the crease…
Bob and Steve
Some compelling storylines tonight in Philadelphia as two young goalies will face their former teams — ex-Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start for Columbus, while ex-Jacket Steve Mason goes for Philly.
Bobrovsky has been good lately, even though his record doesn’t show it. The Russian ‘tender has only allowed seven goals on his last 91 shots (.923 save percentage) but last lost all three of his last starts, including a 3-2 OT decision to Colorado on Tuesday.
Mason also lost his last start in a shootout — 4-3, to the Bruins — but played very well throughout the month of March, going 8-2-2 with a 2.48 GAA and .917 save percentage.
No Miller for Blues
Ryan Miller won’t get a chance to face his former Buffalo mates on Thursday, as the Blues will go with Brian Elliott tonight at Scottrade.
“It’s fine,” Miller said, per NHL.com. “There will be a lot of time to worry about that later. This year it’s pretty fresh leaving that situation, so maybe it’s just a full break, get [Elliott] in there.
“Hopefully I get to see some of the boys for dinner or see them around the rink, catch up and see how they’re doing.”
Elliott hasn’t played much since the Blues acquired Miller, but has been good in the limited chances he’s received. The veteran is 2-0-0 with a .088 GAA and .964 save percentage since Miller came aboard, and has a good shot at bettering those numbers against Buffalo’s anemic offense.
Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin
Bruins at Leafs: Jonathan Bernier for Toronto; no word yet on Boston’s starter.
Flames at Bolts: Karri Ramo vs. Ben Bishop
Wild at Blackhawks: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Corey Crawford
Pens at Jets: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Rangers at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado; no word yet on a Rangers starter.
Kings at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.