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Carey’s back for Habs
After missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an upper-body injury, Carey Price will return to the Montreal net tonight when the Habs host the Preds at the Bell Centre.
Price, who’s having a Vezina- and Hart Trophy-caliber season, is 23-10-2 on the year with a .927 save percentage and 2.19 GAA. He’s headed to his fourth All-Star Game in Columbus on the weekend and is easily the biggest reason why Montreal comes into tonight’s game sitting third in the Atlantic Division, just three points back of Tampa Bay for top spot.
For the Preds, Carter Hutton will be in goal.
Sens at Rangers: Craig Anderson vs. Henrik Lundqvist
Oilers at Caps: Viktor Fasth vs. Braden Holtby
Pens at Flyers: Thomas Greiss vs. Ray Emery
Wild at Wings: Devan Dubnyk vs. Petr Mrazek
Canucks at Bolts: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver.
Coyotes at Blackhawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta
Bruins at Stars: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.
Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg won’t face a fine or suspension for his check on Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.
The hit occurred during the second period of the Blue Jackets’ eventual 3-1 win against the Bruins on Saturday:
The check didn’t draw a penalty, yet Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy about it, deeming the blow a “shot right to the head.”
Calvert (pictured) bounced back from that hit to score the game-winner and an empty-net goal in the third period. Here’s a video of the clincher:
Calvert, 25, has dealt with some injury issues this season (basically fitting in with the rest of the Blue Jackets), so we’ll keep an eye out to see if anything lingers from the hit.
Matt Calvert, on the receiving end of what appeared to be a questionable hit from Carl Soderberg earlier in Saturday’s game, scored twice late in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets escaped Boston with a victory.
The loss ends the Bruins’ winning streak at five games. Boston was already without forward Brad Marchand, who is serving a two-game suspension for a slew-foot.
Further to the Soderberg hit on Calvert, there was no call on the play. Calvert went for a shot, when Soderberg swiped in front of him and delivered the hit, which sent the Columbus forward spiraling around to the ice.
The Blue Jackets, thanks to the two Calvert goals in the final 3:03 of regulation, earned a 3-1 victory.
Calvert was not available to media after the game due to illness, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
“We didn’t want to put in the work. We lost a lot of battles,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.
Brad Marchand, a repeat offender in the National Hockey League, has been forced to answer for yet another suspension.
The Boston Bruins agitating forward was given a two-game ban on Friday for a slew-foot on Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers. It’s Marchand’s third suspension of his career. It comes at a time when the Bruins are on a roll, having won five consecutive games prior to puck drop on Saturday’s NHL schedule.
“It’s definitely on the edge, for sure. It’s a dangerous play, no doubt, and it’s something they’re trying to get out of the game,” said Marchand, as per CSNNE.com.
“It could be worse. It could be three or four [games], so I’ve got to be happy that it’s not. Hopefully the guys do well without me, and I’ll get back against Colorado.
“Our team has been playing so well, and I don’t want a selfish act like that to impact how well the team can do. Hopefully they can without me, which I know they can.”
In 42 games this season, Marchand has 12 goals and 24 points. The Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
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Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team
After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.
Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.
Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask
Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott
Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo
Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop
Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek
Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson
Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski
Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth
Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen
Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick
Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi