Niklas Treutle, the former German League standout signed by Arizona last summer, will make his first-ever NHL start tonight as the Coyotes host the Ducks in Glendale.
Treutle, 24, made his NHL debut last month with a 10-minute relief appearance after Louis Domingue got the hook against the Blues.
The Coyotes are coming off a disastrous road trip that ended with a 6-0 whipping in Pittsburgh, so it’s not surprising they’ll rest Domingue — a rookie that’s been pressed into starting duties this year with injuries to Mike Smith and Anders Lindback — and give Treutle a look.
Unfortunately for Treutle, his first start comes against a red-hot Ducks team that’s surged up the Pacific Division standings. They’ll start Frederik Andersen in goal.
— After Corey Crawford beat the Red Wings last night, Scott Darling gets the start against Boston. Tuukka Rask is likely for the B’s.
— It’s Jonas Hiller versus the in-form Robin Lehner as the Flames take on the Sabres in Buffalo.
— Michal Neuvirth, who appears to be Philly’s No. 1 netminder at the moment, starts again tonight against the visiting Oilers. Cam Talbot starts for Edmonton.
— Marquee matchup brewing in Pittsburgh, as Henrik Lundqvist will go for the Rangers. The Pens are expected to give Marc-Andre Fleury the nod.
— After Jonathan Bernier lost in Washington last night, Garret Sparks starts for the Leafs. Devan Dubnyk is likely for the visiting Wild.
— Craig Anderson‘s still hurt, so Andrew Hammond will make the start tonight against Tampa Bay. The Bolts, as per usual, are going with Ben Bishop, who on Wednesday was named to Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey.
— The Isles will give Jaroslav Halak the night off, and give Thomas Greiss the nod. The host Jets will go with Michael Hutchinson.
— Speaking of nights off, Cory Schneider gets one as the Devils will start Keith Kinkaid in Nashville. Pekka Rinne is likely for the Preds.
— Calvin Pickard gets the start tonight, after the Avs parked struggling No. 1 netminder Seymon Varlamov. Veteran Roberto Luongo goes for the visiting Panthers.
— Martin Jones versus Ryan Miller as the Sharks take on the Canucks in Vancouver.
— Ben Scrivens versus Jonathan Quick as the Habs take on Kings in L.A.