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Dallas Stars v Ottawa Senators

Goalie Nods: Hammond gets second straight start for Sens


Hammond looks for a second straight win

Andrew Hammond will make his second career start tonight when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Florida Panthers. Hammond made 42 saves in a win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night in his first career start. It was the 27-year-old’s second NHL appearance. He carries a 2.96 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage into tonight’s action.

Roberto Luongo gets the nod for the Panthers.


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Red Wings at Stars: Jimmy Howard vs. Kari Lehtonen

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Stars’ Hemsky to return vs. Red Wings

Ales Hemsky

Ales Hemsky will return to the Dallas Stars lineup tonight after missing three games with a lower body injury.

Hemsky suffered the injury during the first period of the Stars’ 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Feb.13.

The 31-year-old underwent a procedure on the lower body injury last weekend.

“A good veteran guy that was going well for us,” said Lindy Ruff per The Dallas Morning News. “He was a big piece of our second power play, so I’m looking at Ales playing the way he did when he left the game for us.”

In 52 games this season Hemsky has nine goals and 23 points while averaging 13:38 in ice time.

“Lately it was way more better than in the start,” Hemsky said. “I was able to build some chemistry with a couple guys, played with them for a little while and it helps for sure. I was feeling pretty good about my game, so hopefully I can come back and keep going.”

With Hemsky returning, Brendan Ranford, who made is NHL debut on Thursday night, is expected to be a healthy scratch.

Detroit won the only other meeting between the two clubs 5-2 on Dec. 4.

‘Everyone, including him, knew it was a dirty hit,’ says Seguin of Kulikov suspension

Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin continues to work back to full health after suffering a knee injury last Friday that will keep him out of the Dallas Stars lineup for three to six weeks.

Speaking on the Stars website, Seguin offered an update on his treatments with the team’s medical staff, as well as his opinion on the Dmitry Kulikov low hit that injured Seguin and landed the Florida Panthers defenseman with a four-game suspension.

The 23-year-old Seguin, who has 29 goals and 59 points in 55 games this season, admitted he expected Kulikov to get more than a four-game ban.

“I got my second knee injection of blood today. That was excruciatingly painful, but it should benefit,” Seguin told the Stars website.

“It’s only been a week, so there hasn’t been too much progress or setback. It’s just been how it is. Every night I go to sleep and in the morning I’ll wake up and see if it hurts at all, to see if I was cured overnight. Maybe I will get over that soon.

“Everyone, including him, knew it was a dirty hit. It’s a fast game. I don’t know if he intended to, but I don’t think he would. It’s really not in our game as much anymore. It’s not that league anymore. I was talking after the game to Shawn Thornton, who used to be in Boston, and he said [Kulikov] was choked up about it.”

Chiarelli understands scrutiny on GM and coach, but says, ‘It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year’

Stanley Cup Media Day

To an outsider, it seems almost insane that a team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011, made it back to the finals in 2013, then won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014 could in 2015 be on the verge of firing its coach, Claude Julien, and GM, Peter Chiarelli.

Reading that over, maybe it is insane.

It sort of sounds insane, right?

But that continues to be the speculation in Boston, where Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely are, according to the Boston Globe, willing to “make Chiarelli (hired in 2006) and Julien (2007) pay the price” for the club’s disappointing 2014-15 campaign.

“Whether it’s Cam or Charlie who said we’re all under review, I understand that,” Chiarelli told the newspaper. “We’ve had a lot of success here in my tenure and Claude’s tenure. We’re having a down year. It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year. But I understand. We’ve got to make things better.”

To be sure, Chiarelli has made some questionable decisions. Just before the start of the season, he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to salary-cap constraints — the same constraints that meant the loss of free-agent winger Jarome Iginla.

At the time, the Boychuk trade was one Chiarelli conceded “doesn’t make us better now” but needed to be done. Except, given how things have been going on the blue line lately, it’s fair to say the B’s have missed Boychuk in a big way. Perhaps more than they expected to.

Chiarelli, of course, also traded Tyler Seguin in a deal with Dallas that most feel the Bruins lost. So in reality, this isn’t just about one season. The Bruins haven’t drafted and developed particularly well under Chiarelli either.

As for Julien, well, maybe he’s just reaching the natural end of his tenure with one team. It happens to all coaches eventually. Look around the NHL and only Detroit’s Mike Babcock has been employed by the same team longer. All 28 other teams have made changes. Some have made multiple changes.

The Bruins could still turn their season around. But if they don’t — and especially if they miss the playoffs — as hard as it might be to believe, we may actually be witnessing the end of an era in Boston.

Related: Malcolm Subban to start for Bruins

Agent: No extension talks between Sabres and Neuvirth

Michal Neuvirth

There have been no discussions for a new contract between Buffalo and pending UFA goalie Michal Neuvirth, player agent Patrick Stefan told PHT on Friday.

Neuvirth, 26, assumed the Sabres’ No. 1 gig following Jhonas Enroth’s trade to Dallas and has been the goalie of record ever since. Over that stretch, the Czech netminder — who’s in the last of a two-year, $5 million deal — has played very well, allowing just five goals on 103 shots (.951 save percentage) while earning high praise from onlookers:

Neuvirth’s numbers on the year remain unimpressive — 4-15-2, .310 GAA, .913 save percentage — though his playing opportunities were limited earlier in the year with Enroth in the fold.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see if Sabres GM Tim Murray opts to begin negotiations, as the current state of Buffalo’s goaltending behind Neuvirth and Anders Lindback (another pending UFA) is murky. Matt Hackett, 24, and Nathan Lieuwen, 23, could still turn into NHL-caliber netminders, but they’re not there yet; the club’s three most recent draftees (Linus Ullmark, Cal Petersen, Jonas Johansson) don’t project to be ready anytime soon.

As for heading to free agency… Neuvirth would be one of the youngest and most intriguing UFAs on the market, and could probably garner more interest than, say, Antti Niemi or Viktor Fasth. Problem is, this projects to be a buyer’s market for goalies and there aren’t many starting opportunities available.