Goalie nods: Emery goes for Flyers, Price looks to clinch home ice


News and notes from around the crease…

Flyers to start Emery

Ray Emery will play for the third time in six games tonight when the Flyers take on the Bolts in Tampa Bay.

Emery last suited up on Saturday — allowing four goals on 41 shots in a 5-2 loss to Boston — then watched as Steve Mason won back-to-back games against the Sabres and Panthers (Mason was great against Florida on Tuesday, stopping 38 of 40 shots.) In light of that, tonight’s game should be a big one for Emery; while Mason has racked up the wins lately, Emery hasn’t recorded a victory since Mar. 18.

For the Lightning, Anders Lindback will start as Ben Bishop (arm) remains out until the playoffs.

Habs turn to Price to clinch

Montreal will get its first crack at clinching home ice advantage in the first round tonight — a win against the Islanders, coupled with any sort of loss by Tampa Bay, will ensure it for the Habs.

Thus, they’ll be going with Carey Price tonight.

Price returns to the net one night after Peter Budaj allowed three goals on 28 shots in an OT loss to Chicago. The Canadian netminder has been very good for Montreal since winning gold in Sochi, emerging victorious in seven of nine starts while posting a 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage.

For the Islanders, Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight.


Sabres at Rangers: Matthew Hackett vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Capitals at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

Leafs at Panthers: Drew MacIntyre vs. Roberto Luongo

Devils at Senators: Cory Schneider vs. Robin Lehner

Coyotes at Predators: Thomas Greiss vs. Pekka Rinne

Blues at Wild: Ryan Miller vs. John Curry

Bruins at Jets: Tuukka Rask vs. Michael Hutchinson

Kings at Oilers: Viktor Fasth for Edmonton; no word on a L.A. starter.

Avalanche at Canucks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jacob Markstrom


Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.