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Goalie nods: Hiller goes back-to-back after big win over Preds


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Hiller back in for Calgary

The Flames will start Jonas Hiller for the second time in as many nights on Monday when they take on the Stars in Dallas.

Hiller went nearly two weeks without a start before Flames head coach Bob Hartley gave him the nod yesterday in Nashville, and Hartley’s decision proved a wise one; Hiller stopped 27 of 29 shots in a crucial 5-2 victory, pushing Calgary past L.A. for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to Hiller taking the net, Karri Ramo was the Flames’ goalie of record in five straight games, going 2-1-2 over that stretch.

For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen is likely to be back in goal after stopping 33 of 36 shots in an OT win over Vancouver on Saturday.


Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Canucks at Blues: Eddie Lack vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at ‘Hawks: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. (No Chicago starter yet)

Oilers at Avs: Richard Bachman vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sabres at Coyotes: (No Buffalo starter yet) vs. Mike Smith

PHT Morning Skate: Former NHLer Andre Deveaux delivers big pregame slash in Swedish league


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Andre Deveaux, who played in 31 career NHL games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, slashed an unsuspecting Per Helmersson prior to a Swedish league game between Deveaux’s Rogle BK and Vasteras IK. (Sportsnet)

You can see that incident below:

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The USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints had a Game of Thrones Night complete with a, uh, Porcelain Throne. (Puck Daddy)

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White typically doesn’t get power-play ice time, but he’s on the Flyers’ top unit right now and has impressed in that role. (CSN Philly)

Here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 3-2 shootout win over San Jose:

Andrew Copp certainly had an eventful first day as a pro. He was signed by the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Boston Bruins will reportedly match any offer sheet signed by Dougie Hamilton once he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. However, an opposing team could put the Bruins in a rough cap position by inking Hamilton to a contract that comes with an annual average salary of around $6 million. (Boston Globe)

Valeri Nichushkin’s AHL conditioning stint is going well. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Canucks earn single point in loss to the Stars


The Vancouver Canucks had an opportunity to gain ground on the L.A. Kings in the Pacific Division Saturday night.

With the Kings losing 4-1 to the Wild earlier in the night, the Canucks could’ve created a four-point cushion on the second seed in the division with a win over the Dallas Stars.

However, the Dallas Stars took advantage of the opportunity to play spoiler and edged the Canucks 4-3 in overtime.

John Klingberg scored the winner with 46.2 seconds remaining in the extra frame.

Dallas is six points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card seed in the Western Conference.

With the single point, the Canucks now hold a three-point lead on the L.A. Kings.

Vancouver led 2-1 heading into the third, but Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored to erase the deficit.

Radim Vrbata netted his 30th of the season with less than two minutes remaining in the third to tie it 3-3 and force overtime.

Jamie Benn opened the scoring.

Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Eddie Lack made 36 saves in the loss while Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots for the win.

Western Conference playoff picture: Wild keep rolling, Ducks and Preds clinch


The Minnesota Wild moved into the third seed in the Central Division with a 4-1 victory over the L.A. Kings on Saturday night. The Wild, who trailed the Chicago Blackhawks by 16 points on Jan. 27, now lead the Blackhawks by a point.

Minny’s win moves Chicago into the second wild card seed in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks have a pair of games in hand on the Wild.

With the Kings losing earlier in the night, Vancouver was able to create a three-point cushion between themselves and L.A. with a single point in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars. The Canucks own the second seed in the Pacific Division.

The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators added to their respective division leads with wins on Saturday.

Nashville hung on for a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon in Washington. With the win, the Preds clinched a playoff berth and moved three points ahead of the St. Louis Blues atop the Central Division.

The Ducks edged the New York Islanders 3-2 punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anaheim now has a 12 point lead on the second place Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division.

The St. Louis Blues fell 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets failing to gain ground in the race for the Central Division crown.

Chicago and Winnipeg hold the two wild card seeds entering Sunday’s action while the Calgary Flames are three points back of a wild card position and just one point back of the L.A. Kings for the third seed in the Pacific Division.

All three teams play on Sunday.

Goalie nods: Lundqvist won’t get to ease back in


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Long live the King?

As already noted earlier today, it appears as though Henrik Lundqvist will make his return to the New York Rangers’ net as they face the Boston Bruins (who most likely will roll with Tuukka Rask).

Normally, this would be a cause for outright glee, and it’s true that “King Henrik” will be gladly welcomed back into the fold. Still, the Rangers have been on a tear thanks in a large part to Cam Talbot’s wonderful play in Hank’s absence, so it remains to be seen if New York sees a little fall-off.

Let there be no doubt that the Bruins will send their best at Lundqvist, so this isn’t exactly an example of easing a player back into the mix.

This is just one of several games during an unusually busy Saturday afternoon, so hopefully hockey fans already got their errands (and napping) done today.


Predators at Capitals: Pekka Rinne vs. Braden Holtby

Ducks at Islanders: Probably Frederik Andersen vs. Michal Neuvirth

Sharks at Flyers: Alex Stalock vs. (likely) Steve Mason

Coyotes at Penguins: Mike Smith vs. Thomas Greiss

Lightning at Red Wings: Likely Ben Bishop s. Petr Mrazek

Senators at Maple Leafs: Craig Anderson vs. James Reimer

Panthers at Canadiens: Roberto Luongo vs. Carey Price

Devils at Hurricanes: Keith Kinkaid vs. Cam Ward

Blue Jackets at Blues: Likely Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at Wild: Likely Jonathan Quick vs. Devan Dubnyk

Sabres at Avalanche: ANders Lindback vs. Semyon Varlamov

Stars at Canucks: Maybe Kari Lehtonen vs. Eddie Lack