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Goalie nods: After getting called out by DeBoer, Jones back in for Sharks

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Martin Jones will get a shot at redemption tonight in Detroit.

Jones, who was hooked from his last outing after allowing two goals on three shots, will start against the Red Wings tonight, looking to bounce back after arguably his worst effort in a Sharks uniform on Tuesday.

San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer didn’t mice words when talking about Jones’ performance, saying the second goal allowed was “bad“:

After a hot start to the year, Jones has plateaued. He has just two wins in his last eight starts and has been yanked in two of his last three.

For Detroit, Jimmy Howard will get the nod in goal.

Elsewhere…

Sergei Bobrovsky looks to bounce back from a subpar outing against Vancouver (four goals on 29 shots) when he takes on the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Pens will counter with Marc-Andre Fleury.

Karri Ramo once again goes for the slumping Flames, his seventh straight start. Washington has yet to name a starter. While Braden Holtby played last night in a 5-2 win over Philly and would seemingly be in line for a break, backup Philipp Grubauer was shaken up a bit during yesterday’s morning skate.

— Looks like Anton Khudobin will get the call when the Ducks host the Isles at Honda. Khudobin hasn’t played since shutting out the Sharks last Saturday. No word yet on an Isles starter, but Jaroslav Halak did play last night and allowed two goals on 22 shots in a loss to the Kings.

Comeback close? Bogosian takes full-contact practice with Sabres (Updated)

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These are good times for the Buffalo Sabres.

Riding a three-game winning streak and back at .500 on the year with an 8-8-0 record, the club got more good news on Friday as defenseman Zach Bogosian — who’s been sidelined all year with a lower-body injury — took part in his first full-contact practice with teammates.

Bogosian, one of the key pieces acquired in last year’s blockbuster with Winnipeg, is a crucial component to the Buffalo blueline. He averaged nearly 27 minutes per night after coming over from the Jets and, without him, stopgap replacement Carlo Colaiacovo has been forced into eight games this season (Colaiacovo’s presence is also partly due to the lower-body injury to Mike Weber.)

Update: Per Bylsma, Weber is week-to-week after undergoing surgery.

While it remains to be seen when Bogosian will draw back into the lineup, there are some opportunities on the horizon.

Buffalo plays at home against San Jose on Saturday, at home against the Stars on Tuesday, then heads out for a mini two-game road swing in St. Louis and Dallas.

Havlat (personal) leaves Blues, placed on unconditional waivers

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Martin Havlat’s time in St. Louis has come to an abrupt end.

Just one week after signing with the Blues — and three days after scoring in his team debut — Havlat has left the team due to personal reasons and has been placed on unconditional waivers, per TSN.

Havlat, 34, signed with the Blues after coming in on a professional tryout with the team ravaged by injury at forward. Paul Statsny, Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund and Steve Ott were all sidelined at the time, giving way for Havlat to sign and make his season debut against the Devils on Tuesday.

In that game, the veteran Czech played over 14 minutes and scored the game-winning goal.

He was decidedly less involved in his second game, though, playing just 7:33 in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers last night.

Video: Detroit’s Pulkkinen fined for diving

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We have our first diving-slash-embellishment punishment of the year.

On Friday, the NHL dinged Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen $2,000 for the infraction, after flagging him for a pair of incidents — one against Vancouver on Oct. 24, and the latest against Dallas on Nov. 8 (as seen in the video).

Last season, 10 players were flagging for diving/embellishment: Nashville’s James Neal, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck, the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Montreal’s P.K. Subban (x2), Philly’s Michal Neuvirth (then with Buffalo), Toronto’s Richard Panik, Washington’s Tom Wilson and Chicago’s Andrew Shaw.

Also in that list was Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, making it two Red Wings in two years to be fined for diving.

‘Hawks take Rozsival (ankle) off LTIR, send Gustafsson to minors

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Michal Rozsival‘s comeback is nearly complete.

Rozsival, who hasn’t played an NHL contest since fracturing his ankle in last year’s playoffs, has been taken off long-term injured reserve and is now part of Chicago’s active roster, the club announced on Friday.

To make space for Rozsival, the ‘Hawks sent Erik Gustafsson to AHL Rockford, meaning towering Swedish blueliner Viktor Svedberg remains — for now.

But back to the veteran Czech for a moment.

The comeback is a feel-good story for Rozsival, who wasn’t guaranteed to continue his NHL career following a pretty serious injury. At 37, he was already slowing down prior to getting hurt, but the ‘Hawks saw value in the experienced rearguard and signed him to a one-year extension this summer.

Rozsival could draw back into the lineup on Saturday, when the ‘Hawks take on the Blues at Scottrade.