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Lucic happy to get rough 2014 behind him


There were lots of people celebrating on New Year’s Eve. In a way Milan Lucic was among them, but not for the conventional reasons. By the sounds of it, he wasn’t in the mood to rejoice over the start of a new year so much as he was simply glad to be rid of the last one.

“It wasn’t a good 2014,” Lucic said, per the Boston Globe. “I’m happy it’s over. I’m looking forward to 2015 and hopefully we can turn things around.”

When 2014 start, the Boston Bruins were leading the Atlantic Division and seemed poised for another lengthy playoff run after making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013. Instead they lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to the rival Montreal Canadiens and cap problems forced them to principally subtract over the summer. They entered the 2014-15 campaign without forwards Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton as well as defenseman Johnny Boychuk and those losses have taken their toll as the Bruins are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

This hasn’t been a particularly good stretch for Lucic either, who has made headlines over personal rivalries, but has just six goals and 18 points in 37 contests this season.

“Not much good things happened in 2014 for myself and for the team,” said Lucic. “Just looking forward to 2015 and turning things around, and hopefully it will be better than this year.”

Video: Flyers’ Del Zotto takes a skate to the face (Updated)

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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after taking a skate to the side of the face early in the first period.

The injury, which occurred after he got tangled up with Daniel Briere heading into the corner, comes after Del Zotto was scratched in the last nine games.

Updated: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Phildelphia, Del Zotto was back on the Flyers’ bench at the start of the second period.

Goalie nods: Wild go back to Kuemper after big win vs. Jets

Darcy Kuemper

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Backstrom’s back, but Kuemper starts

Darcy Kuemper will get the call in goal tonight when the Wild take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Kuemper, who snapped a four-game losing streak with a crucial win over the Jets on Monday, needs to get on a roll for the Wild — and now is as good a time as any to do it. The 24-year-old is 12-10-0 on the year with a 2.61 GAA and .903 save percentage, but showed well against Winnipeg by stopping 28 of 30 shots faced.

Kuemper also needs to show well tonight as Niklas Backstrom returns to the lineup this evening. Backstrom, who was activated off IR today, hasn’t played since Dec. 20.

For Columbus, Sergei Borovsky will be in goal.


Islanders at Jets: Jaroslav Halak vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Bolts at Sabres: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Jhonas Enroth

Rangers at Panthers: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Al Montoya

‘Canes at Pens: Cam Ward vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Leafs at Bruins: Jonathan Bernier likely for Toronto, no word yet on a Boston starter.

Devils at Wings: Cory Schneider vs. Jimmy Howard

Sharks at Ducks: No word yet on either starter.

Coyotes at Stars: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Flyers at Avs: Steve Mason vs. Semyon Varlamov

Oilers at Flames: Ben Scrivens vs. Jonas Hiller

Avalanche recall Rendulic

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The Colorado Avalanche have recalled forward Borna Rendulic from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, the club announced via Twitter.

From the Denver Post:

Rendulic will be in Denver on Wednesday to play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center.

The Avs had a shortened 20-man roster Monday at St. Louis with no healthy scratches. They used defenseman Nick Holden as a forward on the fourth line. He played a little more than eight minutes, with one shot on goal. The Blues won easily, 3-0.

Originally from Croatia, the 22-year-old Rendulic has played three games for the Avalanche this season. Signed as a free agent in May, he was originally recalled to Colorado in early December. In three NHL games, he has yet to record a point while averaging 6:48 of ice time.


Goalie nods: Halak, Mason return from injury

Jaroslav Halak

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Halak back for Isles

After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal when the Isles take on the Caps tonight.

Halak, who last played in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 20, watched as his teammates lost both games in his absence — Chad Johnson was in for a 3-1 defeat to Montreal, then Kevin Poulin was on the hook for a 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo.

New York will be pleased to see Halak return. He’s been very good this year, posting an 18-6-0 record with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage, with three shutouts.

For the Caps, Braden Holtby will be in goal.

Mason returns for Flyers

Steve Mason will be back in goal for Philadelphia this evening when the Flyers take on the Coyotes in Arizona.

The Flyers fared quite well without Mason, who’s missed the last four games with a back injury. They went 3-1-0 in his absence, with Ray Emery recording a pair of wins and 33-year-old Rob Zepp getting a victory in his first-ever NHL contest.

That said, Philly will be glad to see Mason return. He’s been very good this season; despite his 6-10-5 record, he’s managed to post a .921 save percentage and 2.49 GAA.

For the Coyotes, Devan Dubnyk will be in goal.


Red Wings at Bruins: Jimmy Howard vs. Tuukka Rask

Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Habs at ‘Canes: Carey Price vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Sens: Jhonas Enroth vs. Craig Anderson

Leafs at Bolts: James Reimer vs. Ben Bishop

Wild at Jets: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota, Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg (read more here.)

Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Martin Brodeur (read more here.)

Preds at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Rangers at Stars: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Kings at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.