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Goalie nods: Halak starts again, Mason goes for Flyers


News and notes from around the crease…

Caps riding Halak

Jaroslav Halak will make his seventh straight start on Thursday when the Caps take on the Kings in L.A.

Halak, who has all but taken Washington’s No. 1 gig and bolted Braden Holtby to the pine, was brilliant in his last outing, stopping 43 of 45 shots in a 3-2 win over the Ducks in Anaheim. The Slovakian netminder is now 4-2-0 since joining the Caps at the trade deadline, with a .931 save percentage and 2.35 GAA.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is likely to get the start.

Mason back in

The red-hot Philadelphia Flyers will go back to Steve Mason tonight against Dallas.

Mason, who will be starting for the ninth time in the last 10 games, got a rest on Tuesday (when Ray Emery beat Chicago), which came after winning back-to-back games against Pittsburgh over the weekend. The former Columbus ‘tender has stopped 69 of the last 74 shots he’s faced, and has seen his overall save percentage rise to .914 on the year as a result.

For the Stars, it looks as though Tim Thomas will get the nod in net.


Wild at Devils: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Cory Schneider (read more on Bryz here)

Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Carey Price

Bolts at Sens: Robin Lehner for Ottawa; Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay

Pens at Red Wings: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Jimmy Howard

Sabres at Oilers: Matt Hackett vs. Ben Scrivens

Panthers at Coyotes: Roberto Luongo vs. Mike Smith

Ducks at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.

Bryzgalov gets second straight start for Wild

Minnesota Wild v New York Islanders

Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in Minnesota’s net tonight in New Jersey, two days after shutting out the Islanders, 6-0.

“When a goalie has a shutout we like to come back with him,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said, per NHL.com. “I just thought he was very good in that game, especially early in the game. All game long he had a very calming presence in the net and he looked big. We want to give him a chance to get back at it and see if he can continue that.”

Bryzgalov stopped all 36 shots he faced in New York, upping his save percentage to a respectable .913. If he continues to play well, it’s possible he sees action in the playoffs, though rookie Darcy Kuemper probably remains the current favorite to start.

Bryzgalov was traded to Minnesota from Edmonton prior to the deadline. In two appearances for the Wild, he’s allowed just two goals on 58 shots.

Goalie nods: Brodeur goes for Devils, Raanta in for ‘Hawks

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Devils go back to Brodeur

Martin Brodeur will make his second consecutive start on Tuesday night when the Devils host the Bruins.

Brodeur allowed three goals on 32 shots in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, but has been very good over his last five outings, going 4-1-0 with a .913 save percentage. It’s interesting to see Devils head coach Peter DeBoer go with the veteran Brodeur over Cory Schneider in this game, though, as New Jersey is clinging to its playoff hopes and desperate for a win to snap its two-game losing skid.

No word yet on who Boston will start in goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in last night’s 4-1 win over the Wild.

Raanta goes vs. Philly

With tomorrow’s big Central Division rivalry game against St. Louis looming, Chicago is resting Corey Crawford and starting Antti Raanta tonight against the Flyers.

Raanta has been good this season but his opportunities have been limited — he hasn’t played since stopping 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to another Central rival, Colorado, last Wednesday.

For the Flyers, Ray Emery will get the start in goal, giving him a shot to go up against his former Blackhawk mates. It’ll be Emery’s first game action since Feb. 27.


Wild at Islanders: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Anders Nilsson

Stars at Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff for Pittsburgh, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Hurricanes at Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Anton Khudobin likely for Carolina.

Leafs at Red Wings: James Reimer vs. Jimmy Howard

Rangers at Sens: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Robin Lehner

Avs at Habs: J.S. Giguere vs. Carey Price

Sabres at Flames: Nathan Lieuwen vs. Joni Ortio

Preds at Oilers: Pekka Rinne vs. Viktor Fasth

Capitals at Ducks: Jaroslav Halak vs. Jonas Hiller

Panthers at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose, Roberto Luongo probable for Panthers.

Goalie nods: Kuemper goes for Wild, Ellis makes Florida debut

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Kuemper in for Minnesota

Darcy Kuemper will look to snap the Wild’s three-game losing skid on Thursday, as he gets the start against the Rangers at Xcel.

Minnesota heads into tonight’s game holding the first of two wild card spots in the Western Conference, but on the precipice of a tough stretch of games. As such, it’ll be interesting to see if Kuemper can reverse his recent fortunes — he’s allowed seven goals on his last 64 shot faced, a .890 save percentage — or if the Wild will be forced to turn to Ilya Bryzgalov, acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton.

For the Rangers, Cam Talbot will get the nod tonight.

Ellis goes for Panthers

Dan Ellis will play his first game for Florida tonight when it takes on the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

Ellis, acquired from Dallas at the deadline, was 5-6-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .900 save percentage with the Stars before moving to the Eastern Conference. Playing him tonight puts Roberto Luongo on the bench tonight but on a collision course with ex-Canucks teammate Cory Schneider for tomorrow, as the Panthers and Devils will do battle in Florida on Friday.

For Tampa Bay, Ben Bishop will be in goal this evening.


Coyotes at Bruins: Mike Smith in for Phoenix; Chad Johnson likely for Boston.

Sabres at ‘Canes: Michal Neuvirth for Buffalo, no word yet on a Carolina starter.

Sharks at Blue Jackets: Alex Stalock vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Oilers at Blues: Ben Scrivens vs. Ryan Miller

Leafs at Kings: No confirmations either way yet but, given the history at play, it’s highly likely Jonathan Bernier will be taking on Jonathan Quick.

Playoff bubble watch — Wild edition

Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild

The Wild would need to collapse in a fairly calamitous way to miss out on the postseason. Heading into tonight’s home game with the Rangers, Minnesota held down the first wild-card spot in the West, three points up on the other current wild-card team (Dallas), and four points clear of the first team on the outside looking in (Phoenix), and with a game in hand on the Coyotes.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Wild have an 83.2 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Comfortable, right?

But here’s what’s worrying — Minnesota’s remaining schedule is a beast, with road games in places like Boston, New Jersey, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Chicago. And that’s not to mention home games versus the likes of Pittsburgh, Boston, and St. Louis. All of them with a likely goaltending tandem of rookie Darcy Kuemper, who’s looked a bit shaky lately, and wild-card veteran Ilya Bryzgalov.

On Tuesday, the Wild blew a 3-0 lead in Edmonton, losing 4-3 to the woeful Oilers in a shootout. After a five-game winning streak, it was the third straight contest Minnesota had failed to win.

“Those things happen from time to time,” said coach Mike Yeo, per the StarTribune. “We have to have the mentality this time of year that we can’t let it happen anymore.

“It doesn’t matter whether we won, we lost, shootout or overtime, whatever, we have to come to the rink every day trying to get better. When we’re doing that, when we’re on top of our game, that’s when we’ll start to see things start to come together and start to see consistency in our game.”

After hosting the Rangers tonight, the Wild have another home game Saturday versus Columbus, before heading out on the road to play the Bruins, Islanders, and Devils.