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Blackhawks

Hartman – Toews – Hayden

Saad – Anisimov – Kane

Bouma – Schmaltz – DeBrincat

Sharp – Wingels – Panik

Keith – Franson

Murphy – Seabrook

Forsling – Rutta

Staring goalie: Anton Forsberg

NHL on NBCSN: ‘Hawks try to snap four-game losing skid against Capitals

Capitals

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson

Vrana – Kuznetsov – Chiasson

Connolly – Eller – Boyd

Stephenson – Beagle – Smith-Pelly

Orlov – Niskanen

Orpik – Carlson

Djoos – Bowey

Starting goalie: Braden Holtby

Blue Jackets swap out struggling goalie Forsberg for Dansk

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Sergei Bobrovsky’s time on the sidelines due to a groin injury has been an opportunity for 22-year-old goaltender Anton Forsberg to show what he can do. Unfortunately, the results haven’t been encouraging and it’s gotten to the point where he’s being returned to the minors even though Bobrovsky isn’t quite ready to play yet, per the Columbus Dispatch.

Forsberg has a 4.69 GAA and .866 save percentage in five contests with Columbus this season. Along the way he’s allowed some questionable goals.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards insisted that they sent Forsberg down so that he could play regularly and help the AHL Springfield Falcons as opposed to acting out of concerns regarding his confidence. Forsberg does have a superb 2.04 GAA and .927 save percentage in 27 AHL contests in 2014-15.

Oscar Dansk, 20, has been called up to assume the backup gig. He might not have it for long though because Bobrovsky is a possibility to return on Saturday or Sunday.

Goalie nods: Ramo shrugs off trade talk, will start versus Rangers

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News and notes from around the crease…

Ramo goes at MSG

Karri Ramo will get the start in goal tonight when Calgary takes on the Rangers in New York, and knows this opportunity — getting the nod ahead of Jonas Hiller, that is — could be viewed as a potential showcase for a trade.

Not that the pending UFA is letting it distract him.

“It’s not up to me,” Ramo said, per the Calgary Herald. “Maybe some players are affected by this, when they are going to decide where they want to go.

“All I can do is to play my best, work hard, and if it happens, it happens.”

There are rumblings around Ramo, and with good reason. He’s unrestricted come July 1, and it stands to reason he’s not in Calgary’s future plans — Hiller is under contract for one more year at $4.5M and the club is very high on 23-year-old Joni Ortio, an AHL All-Star this season who went 4-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in a five-game NHL cameo earlier this year.

Calgary also has a history of flipping goalie depth at the deadline — last year, the Flames sent Reto Berra to Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick.

It remains to be seen if Ramo would garner similar interest on the open market. The 28-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 9-5-1, .904 save percentage, 2.69 GAA — but he could be seen as an upgrade at the backup position for certain teams.

That said, he would be an expensive option with his $2.75M cap hit.

(Also, no word yet on who’ll start for the Rangers.)

Elsewhere…

Canucks at Bruins: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Coyotes at Isles: Mike Smith vs. Chad Johnson

Flyers at ‘Canes: Rob Zepp vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Jackets: Michal Neuvirth vs. Anton Forsberg

Stars at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, Jhonas Enroth likely for Dallas

Oilers at Wild: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Avs at Preds: Nothing yet from either team.

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jake Allen

Panthers at ‘Hawks: Scott Darling for Chicago, no word yet on a Florida starter.

Wings at Kings: Jonas Gustavsson for Detroit, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Goalie Nods: Howard returns for Detroit

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Howard returns from groin injury

Jimmy Howard will make his first start since Jan. 10 tonight when the Detroit Red Wings play host to the Winnipeg Jets. Howard missed 10 games with a groin injury. He made four saves in relief of Petr Mrazec on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Howard is 16-7-7 with a 2.09 G.A.A. and a .920 save percentage this season.

Michael Hutchinson is expected to start for the Jets.

Elsewhere…

Maple Leafs at Canadiens: Jonathan Bernier vs. Carey Price

Blue Jackets at Islanders: Anton Forsberg vs. Jaroslav Halak

Rangers at Coyotes: Cam Talbot vs. Mike Smith

Hurricanes at Wild: Anton Khudobin vs. Devan Dubnyk

Devils at Predators: Cory Schneider vs. Pekka Rinne

Stars at Avalanche: Jhonas Enroth vs. Semyon Varlamov

Canucks at Flames: Ryan Miller vs. Karri Ramo

Capitals at Kings: Braden Holtby vs. Jonathan Quick

Blue Jackets’ Bobrovsky ‘feeling much better’

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was back at practice Sunday.

Bobrovsky was sidelined due to an illness.

With Bobrovsky back, the club reassigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons.

The 22-year-old is 0-1-0 record with a 5.30 G.A.A. and an .841 save percentage in two games with Columbus this season.

In 18 games with Springfield Forsberg has a 14-3-0 record with a 1.75 G.A.A., .938 save percentage and two shutouts.

The Harnosand, Sweden native was the Blue Jackets’ seventh round pick (188th overall) in 2011.

Bobrovsky is 13-9-2 this season to go along with a 2.69 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage. His last start came on Dec. 22.