Petry, who is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after this season, was rumored to be heading out of Edmonton prior to the March 2 trade deadline. The 27-year-old has 15 points in 57 games this season while averaging 21:11 in ice time a night.
Lander, 23, has split this season with the Oilers and AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. In 21 games with the parent club Lander has four goals and 11 points.
Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.
There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.
Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.
For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.
Habs at Sens: Dustin Tokarski vs. Andrew Hammond
Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford
Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.
Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.
Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.
Goalie flip: Oilers take Scrivens off IR, put Fasth on
Edmonton lost one goalie to injury today, but got another one back.
The club announced that Viktor Fasth, the goalie of record in six of the last eight games, was headed to IR after suffering a lower-body injury during Monday’s shootout loss to Winnipeg:
Thankfully, there’s a replacement at the ready as Ben Scrivens has been activated off IR and is set to play in his first game since Feb. 9.
Scrivens, who’s been sidelined with a hamstring injury, will likely draw in this evening when the Oilers host the Bruins at Rexall. The 28-year-old has experienced a difficult campaign — 10-17-7, 2.99 GAA, .895 save percentage — but was effective in his last outing, allowing just one goal in a win over the Devils.
Richard Bachman, who’s up from AHL Oklahoma City, will likely serve as Scrivens’ backup tonight.
PHT Morning Skate: Miracle on Ice memorabilia will be auctioned
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.
Nearly 40 lots worth of items owned by the late coach Herb Brooks will be up for auction, including memorabilia related to the Miracle on Ice. (NHL.com)
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Alex Ovechkin was doused in beer by a Pittsburgh Penguins fan during Tuesday’s game. Capitals coach Barry Trotz shrugged it off saying, “He was probably thirsty anyway.” (CSN Washington)
Devan Dubnyk recalls his time with AHL Hamilton last season and his return to grace. (Calgary Sun)
Here are the highlights from New Jersey’s 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo:
The argument against the Edmonton Oilers trading Jeff Petry. (Lowetide)
The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek has a column today about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, and how it’s shaping up to be a buyer’s market.
In it, Duhatschek lists a number of potential rental defensemen, including the “Coyotes’ Zbynek Michalek, the Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera, the Edmonton Oilers’ Jeff Petry or the Maple Leafs’ Roman Polak, a player coveted by the Kings.”
We presume Duhatschek, a well-respected hockey reporter, isn’t just pulling those last six words out of thin air and that the Kings do, indeed, have an interest in Polak.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if they do. Polak, 28, is a rugged, right-shooting defender that could add depth and experience to a Kings’ blue line that no longer has Willie Mitchell and may not have Slava Voynov for a while, or even ever again.
Polak, Toronto’s leader with 183 hits, is signed through next season for a cap hit of $2.75 million. He was traded to the Leafs by the Blues in June.