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New York Rangers v Buffalo Sabres

Goalie Nods: Rangers’ Skapski gets second NHL start


Skapski starts vs. Sabres

Mackenzie Skapski will make his second career NHL start tonight as the New York Rangers visit the Buffalo Sabres. The 20-year-old got his first NHL win with a 24 save performance defeating the Sabres 3-1 on Feb. 20. Skapski was 12-7-3 to go along with a .914 save percentage and a 2.38 in 24 AHL games prior to being recalled.

Anders Lindback gets the nod for Buffalo.


Blackhawks at Sharks: Corey Crawford vs. Antti Niemi

Leafs at Canucks: Jonathan Bernier vs. Eddie Lack

Panthers at Hurricanes: Dan Ellis vs. Cam Ward

Canadiens at Islanders: Carey Price vs. Michal Neuvirth

Jets at Lightning: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Wild at Blues: Devan Dubnyk vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Coyotes:Cory Schneider vs. Mike Smith

Flames at Avalanche: Karri Ramo vs. Semyon Varlamov

Predators at Kings: Pekka Rinne vs. Jonathan Quick

Wild’s Stewart on trade from Blues: ‘There’s no other way to take it than personal’

Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild

The Wild play the Blues tonight in the first of three meetings between the two clubs over the next month.

It’ll provide ample opportunity for Minnesota forward Chris Stewart to stick it to his former team.

Stewart is apparently still bothered by last season’s trade, which saw him go from St. Louis to Buffalo.

“Anytime you get traded in this league, I think you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder and want to stick it to them every time you play them,” Stewart told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. “There’s no other way to take it than personal.”

The Wild acquired the 27-year-old on March 2 from the Sabres in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

In six games with Minnesota, Stewart has two goals and two assists.

“He’s fearless. He’s fearless of anybody on the other team, and he plays the game that way,” said coach Mike Yeo. “That’s a big thing for us. Having somebody that can hold people accountable if they’re going to try to go after one of our top players or anybody for that matter, he welcomes that kind of game.

“More importantly, he plays just a big game. This time of year, you’ve got to be ready to stand your ground, you’ve got to be ready to play physical hockey. We’ve got to be prepared to play heavy games and he’s a guy that should help us do that.”

St. Louis won the only other meeting between the two Central Division clubs 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 29.

Caps injury update: Green possible vs. Stars, Beagle doubtful, Orpik out

Calgary Flames v Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz updated the media on the laundry list of injuries currently plaguing his hockey club.

The good news is defenseman Mike Green, who suffered an upper body injury in the Caps 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on the weekend, is a possibility tonight when Washington hosts the Dallas Stars.

Green missed the Capitals 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

“I want to be able to play, play heavy, play strong, play firm,” Green told The Washington Post. “If I can’t, then waiting one more day there where I can makes more sense. Especially this time of the season.

“I just want to be ready for that. The injury I had last game, just needs a few days and we’ll be good.”

Forward Jay Beagle, who absorbed a hit from Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi on Wednesday is “very doubtful” for tonight’s game according to Trotz.

Alex Prewitt reports Beagle was favoring his left shoulder following the hit.

“I think he thought with the injury he’s got, it’d be better served to shut him down right now, or [Wednesday] night, I should say, then give him a better chance to come back quicker,” Trotz said. “At the end of the day, we always think about the player first. I don’t think it’ll be too long. It’s not something that’s weeks. It won’t be too long.”

Defenseman Brooks Orpik missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after aggravating a lower body injury during practice on Tuesday. Orpik did not practice on Thursday and is not expected to play tonight.

“I expect him to probably maybe possibly skate [Friday] on his own,” said Trotz. “That’s the last thing I’ve heard. I think that’s the plan, that he’ll probably skate tomorrow. He’s not going to play.”

Dmitry Orlov, who has not played this season while recovering from wrist surgery, is expected to finally get game action soon.

The 23-year-old will likely be sent to Hershey of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

“That’s something we’re talking about with Dmitry on a more regular basis than we have in the past,” he said. “I probably would say that you could expect something in the near future.”

John Erskine skated for the first time on Thursday following neck surgery in October. The defenseman skated on his own for roughly 30 minutes, but is still experiencing pain.

Forward Michael Latta (upper body) is questionable for tonight.