Video: Canes’ Semin scores after being taken down

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With Hurricanes trailing the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 in the second period, Alexander Semin got Carolina on the board in highlight-reel fashion Sunday afternoon.

Semin was hauled down by Rob Klinkhammer, but still managed to beat Richard Bachman for his fourth of the season.

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Goalie Nods: Anderson returns for Ottawa

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.

Elsewhere…

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

Goalie nods: Dubnyk to make 23rd straight start

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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.

Elsewhere…

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)

In Edmonton, Yakupov’s future seems bright again

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It took a while, but Nail Yakupov seems to have figured out life as an Edmonton Oiler.

And what’s more, he wants to keep it going.

The oft-maligned winger, who Edmonton made the first overall selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, spent the first three years of his career battling expectations, healthy scratches and perceptions that maybe, just maybe, he didn’t want to be there.

This week, Yakupov — a pending RFA — put those latter concerns to rest.

“I’m still pretty young and I hope I’m going to be in this league for a long time. I want to play for the Edmonton Oilers,” Yakupov said, per the Edmonton Sun. “I want to work hard, especially for the guys who trust me and gave me support — MacT and Nelly — and we have a good group of players on the team.”

“MacT and Nelly” are, of course, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and head coach Todd Nelson, who have played a significant role in Yakupov’s recent upswing, which has seen the 21-year-old — yes, Yakupov is still only 21 — score nine points in his last 13 games.

MacTavish went out midway through the season and acquired Derek Roy, who has centered Yakupov since joining the Oilers and proven to be the ideal veteran, playmaking fit (which is something of a surprise, given most had toe-tagged Roy after failed stints in Vancouver, St. Louis and Nashville.)

Nelson, meanwhile, rewarded Yakupov with a significant uptick in ice time, something that was an issue under previous head coach Dallas Eakins, and Yakupov seems to finally have faith in a head coach — his third in three years, it should be pointed out.

“He’s helped me a lot,” Yakupov said of Nelson. “I think he’s the guy who helped me the most.”

All of these good vibes bode well for Yakupov’s future in Edmonton, which will soon be a topic of discussion. He’s in the last of his three-year entry-level deal and, barring some dramatic turn of events, should be back with the Oilers next season.

But that said, the Yakupov camp isn’t ready to start talking figures.

“The season is getting into the final swing and there is no time to change the focus on contract talks,” Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov, told PHT via email this week. “Nail is playing great hockey for a while now and he doesn’t need any distraction at this moment.”

The strategy make sense, as Yakupov still needs to show how far removed he is from the “old” Yakupov. But make no mistake: Edmonton is happy, Yakupov is happy and it sure sounds like both sides are ready to explore the future together.

“We’ve gone this far,” MacTavish said. “We all have to see the end now.”

Goalie nods: Markstrom makes season debut for Canucks

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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.

Elsewhere…

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)