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Bernier to return when Leafs visit Boston Wednesday


The Toronto Maple Leafs will have goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the lineup Wednesday when they visit the Boston Bruins.

Bernier has missed two games due to the flu.

James Reimer started both games in Bernier’s absence losing 6-4 to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night and 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Christopher Gibson, who backed up Reimer in both games, has been reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

Bernier is 14-8-3 this season while posting a 2.65 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage.

Hawks almost completely monopolizing all-star vote

Ottawa Senators v Chicago Blackhawks

With the NHL all-star vote set to close on New Year’s Day, it looks like the fans will select almost exclusively Chicago Blackhawks players.

Corey Crawford is all-but a lock to be the goaltender chosen by the fans as he has a commanding 955,385 to 566,149 vote lead over Montreal’s Carey Price. Jaroslav Halak is the only other netminder to breach the 500,000 or even 400,000-vote mark (526,096).

The two defensemen that will likely end up being voted in are the Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith (1,044,124) and Brent Seabrook (875,686). Once again it’s a Montreal player that leads those shy of the cutoff. In this case it’s P.K. Subban (667,427). The only other blueliner with at least a half million votes is Boston’s Zdeno Chara (528,106).

Fans can also vote in three forwards and it looks like two of them will be Chicago’s Patrick Kane (1,075,304) and Jonathan Toews (1,061,691). Sidney Crosby (704,792) is in fourth place, narrowly beating yet another Blackhawks player in Patrick Sharp (644,313).

So unless something changes in the next couple of days, the only non-Chicago player that the fans select will be Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who leads the league with 1,466,077 votes. If you haven’t been following the all-star voting until now, then the fact that Girgensons, who has 20 points in 37 contests, is leading the pack might surprise you. However, he’s been cruising towards victory for a while now thanks to support from his native Latvia.

You can see the full vote count through six weeks at NHL.com.

Nelson takes over as Oilers look to snap nine game skid

Todd Nelson, Craig MacTavish

Todd Nelson will look to steer the Oilers in the right direction as he takes over as head coach tonight when Edmonton plays host to the L.A. Kings.

Nelson had been working alongside general manager Craig MacTavish since the Dec. 15 firing of Dallas Eakins.

Since MacTavish took over, the Oilers have gone 0-3-2 and have not won in nine games overall.

Edmonton will have a couple new faces on the ice as well. Newly acquired forwards Derek Roy and Matt Fraser are expected to be in the lineup against the Kings.

Fraser, 24, was plucked off waivers by the Oilers from the Bruins on Monday. In 24 games this season, the Red Deer, Alberta native has three goals and seven penalty minutes to go along with a minus-5 rating.

Fraser skated on the right side of Leon Draisaitl and David Perron at the team’s morning skate.

Roy, who was acquired by Edmonton from Nashville in exchange for Mark Arcobello on Monday, skated between Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell.

The 31-year-old had a goal and nine helpers in 26 games with the Predators this season.

Both players are on expiring contracts.

Bergeron, Lucic return to Bruins’ practice

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

After missing Boston’s 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Monday night, both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron were on the ice for Bruins’ practice Tuesday.

The forwards did not skate Monday morning due to undisclosed injuries and were “day-to-day” according to Bruins’ coach Claude Julien.

Lucic skated on a line with Craig Cunningham, Seth Griffith and Matt Lindblad Tuesday while Bergeron was with Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Reilly Smith.

Lucic, 26, has had a rough season registering six goals and 17 points in 36 games while struggling to recover from offseason wrist surgery.

Bergeron has seven goals and 27 points in 36 games this season.

Monday was the first game missed by both players.

The Bruins are back in action Wednesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the TD Garden.

Update: Bruins show old form, dominate Red Wings

Jimmy Howard, Brad Marchand

On paper, the Boston Bruins’ offense was supposed to be anemic against the Detroit Red Wings, especially with Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic on the shelf. That wasn’t the case on Monday night; Boston instead dominated Detroit 5-2.


As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out, the Bruins scored three goals in the first period to take a 3-1 lead against Detroit while firing a season-high 19 shots on goal in one period.

The overall effort seems especially high in the early stages:

Here’s video of the goals from the opening frame:

Detroit got back into it at times, yet Boston played a masterful game overall. The Bruins generated a season-high 45 shots on goal overall while limiting the Red Wings to 30 of their own.

Loui Eriksson continued his strong play of late with two assists. Carl Soderberg topped all point producers with a goal and two assists. Brad Marchand didn’t score a point, but he caused problems pretty regularly without his partner-in-crime Bergeron.

The Bruins have a long way to go to resemble the team many expected to top the Eastern Conference – or at least their division – but they at least looked hungry again tonight.