Anderson makes his first start in over a month
Craig Anderson will make his first start since Jan. 21 when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Calgary Flames tonight. Anderson suffered a bruise to his blocker hand during a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and hasn’t played since. The 33-year-old is 13-11-7 this season to go along with a 2.37 G.A.A. and a .927 save percentage.
Karri Ramo gets the nod for the Flames.
Oilers at Hurricanes: Richard Bachman vs. Cam Ward
Flyers at Devils: Steve Mason vs. Keith Kinkaid
Avalanche at Wild: Semyon Varlamov vs. Devan Dubnyk (unconfirmed)
Rangers at Blackhawks: Cam Talbot vs. Corey Crawford
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Devan stays busy
More of the same for Minnesota tonight — Devan Dubnyk will start when the Wild take on the Hurricanes in Carolina.
Tonight will mark Dubnyk’s 23rd straight start, a stretch in which he’s showed zero signs of fatigue or slowing down. He’s gone 17-3-1 during his time with the Wild, posting a 1.62 GAA, .939 save percentage and five shutouts.
At this stage — given his stellar play and heavy workload — one has to wonder if Dubnyk could slide into Vezina contention as one of the three finalists. The only category he’s not among the league leaders is wins (26), but is tied for 10th overall, which isn’t too shabby.
For Carolina, Anton Khudobin will be in goal.
Jackets at Devils: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Cory Schneider
Sabres at Sens: Chad Johnson vs. Andrew Hammond
Flames at Wings: Jonas Hiller vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at ‘Hawks: Ben Scrivens vs. Corey Crawford
Pens at Ducks: Marc-Andre Fleury (probable) vs. Frederik Andersen (probable)
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Vancouver goes with Markstrom
There’ll be plenty of eyes on the crease in Vancouver tonight as Jacob Markstrom makes his season debut against the Sharks.
Markstrom, a former touted prospect with Florida that came to the Canucks as part of the Roberto Luongo trade, has spent all of this season in AHL Utica and revived his career, going 17-7-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .932 save percentage, earning a spot in the All-Star Game.
Markstrom was recalled last week after Ryan Miller went down to injury, and served as Eddie Lack’s backup. Tonight, he’ll play in his first NHL game since April of 2014.
No word yet on who’ll start for San Jose. Alex Stalock played last night and shut out the Habs, so the Sharks could turn to Antti Niemi.
Preds at Devils: Carter Hutton (probable) vs. Cory Schneider
Flames at Flyers: Karri Ramo vs. Steve Mason
Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky
Sabres at Bolts: Anders Lindback vs. Ben Bishop
Leafs at Panthers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Roberto Luongo
Sens at Wild: Andrew Hammond vs. Devan Dubnyk (probable)
Isles at Stars: Jaroslav Halak vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)
Ducks at Coyotes: Frederik Andersen (probable) vs. Mike Smith
Kings at Oilers: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Ben Scrivens (probable)
Mason looks for his first win vs. Rangers
Steve Mason will make his first start since Feb. 8 tonight when the Flyers play host to the New York Rangers. Mason allowed one goal on nine shots in relief of Rob Zepp on Thursday night. Mason is 0-2-0 with a 2.59 G.A.A. and .914 save percentage in two starts against New York.
Cam Talbot, who has shutout the Flyers twice this season, gets the nod for the Rangers.
Hurricanes at Islanders: Cam Ward vs. Chad Johnson
Devils at Blue Jackets: Cory Schneider vs. Curtis McElhinney
Coyotes at Bruins: Mike Smith vs. Tuukka Rask
Maple Leafs at Canadiens: Jonathan Bernier vs. Carey Price
Wild at Avalanche: Devan Dubnyk vs. Semyon Varlamov (unconfirmed)
Blues at Oilers: Brian Elliott vs. Ben Scrivens (likely)
Senators at Sharks: Andrew Hammond vs. Antti Niemi
It was a memorable individual moment, and an important one for the Boston Bruins.
Bruins forward Ryan Spooner, playing in his 35th career NHL game, finally scored his first career NHL goal. And it turned out to be the overtime winner, as the Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 3-2, after letting go of a two-goal lead early in the third period.
Spooner, selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, snapped a wrist shot that beat Cory Schneider. The win gives Boston a four-point lead over the Florida Panthers for the final Wild Card spot in the East.