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
With Monday’s trade deadline looming, Capitals coach Barry Trotz is sounding like a lot of hockey fans who are hoping for some excitement but preparing for…meh.
“The pending guys all rumored, there’s not a lot of names out there,” Trotz said, per the Washington Post. “There’s been years where there’s been an absolute ton of names. This year there’s not that many. People are getting excited for mid-range players. There’s no star player…that’s not downgrading any of the players who have been traded. There’s not that big, sexy, difference-maker guy out there. It’s good players, just not difference-makers.”
No disrespect to Antoine Vermette or Jeff Petry, but Trotz isn’t wrong. With all the uncertainty surrounding next season’s salary cap, it seems unlikely we’ll see a real blockbuster go down in the next few days.
Fingers crossed for something big and sexy though!
That came out wrong.
Related: Lombardi happy to get ‘one of the better defenseman on the market’ in Sekera
Dean Lombardi knows he paid a fairly hefty price to get Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes. Yesterday’s trade cost the Kings’ GM a first-round pick and 19-year-old prospect Roland McKeown.
But according to Lombardi, it was a fair price, given the market.
“Certainly I would say at this point, unless there are some surprises, this was one of the better defensemen on the market,” Lombardi said, per LA Kings Insider.
“This is a reflection that he’s not only a good player, but that there’s not a lot of them out there.”
With Sekera and also Cody Franson, traded by Toronto to Nashville, no longer available, the market for rental defensemen has become even thinner than it already was. Jeff Petry. Zbynek Michalek. Jan Hejda. Those are among the top names. Maybe Kimmo Timonen is available, but he hasn’t even played a game this season.
“I don’t think you’re going to see an overwhelming number of top-four guys who are going to be available, period,” said Lombardi.
“But, I’ve been wrong. We’ve seen bigger names move in the past.”
Related: Habs reportedly offered ’13 1st-rounder McCarron to Coyotes for Michalek
The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers.
Bryzgalov joined the Ducks in December on a professional tryout and appeared in eight games posting a 1-4-1 record to go along with a 4.19 G.A.A. and an .847 save percentage.
His last appearance came on Feb.10 against the Florida Panthers where he allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by John Gibson.
Gibson has started all five games (3-2-0) for the Ducks since that 6-2 loss to the Panthers. Anaheim plays host to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. According to Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register, Frederik Andersen (neck) could be back this week.
Bryzgalov split last season between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild before going unsigned in the offseason.
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.
Ducks at Oilers: John Gibson vs. Ben Scrivens
Hurricanes at Devils: Anton Khudobin vs. Keith Kinkaid
Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Curtis McElhinney vs. Carey Price
Jets at Maple Leafs: Michael Hutchinson vs. Jonathan Bernier
Penguins at Blues: Thomas Greiss vs. Brian Elliott
Red Wings at Stars: Jimmy Howard vs. Kari Lehtonen
Lightning at Coyotes: Ben Bishop vs. Mike Smith
Kings at Sharks: Jonathan Quick vs. Antti Niemi