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Joey MacDonald

Waiver news: Sabres’ Kaleta, Flames’ MacDonald on, Jets claim Ellerby


Journeyman goaltender Joey MacDonald was respectable with a struggling Calgary Flames team last season and they rewarded him with a one-way contract. Unfortunately, he only ended up lasting about a month into the 2013-14 campaign before the Flames decided to expose him to waivers, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

MacDonald has gotten off to a rough start with a 3.16 GAA and .885 save percentage in seven starts this season, although those numbers are still superior to his counterpart Karri Ramo.

This move opens will allow the Calgary Flames to summon Reto Berra from the minors. The 26-year-old goaltender is making the transition from the Swiss league to North America and has a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage in nine AHL games.

Joining MacDonald on waivers is Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, reports the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

Fresh off of his 10-game suspension, Sabres GM Darcy Regier felt moving Kaleta to the minors is necessary to “help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league.”

Defenseman Keaton Ellerby won’t have to play in the minors, at least not yet. Although the Los Angeles Kings waived him, the Jets’ Scott Brown has confirmed that Winnipeg claimed him today. Ellerby didn’t get into a single game with the Kings this season and the Jets will be the third NHL team he’s played for in two seasons.

Goalie nods: Elliott goes for Blues, Lehner for Sens, Harding for Wild

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Some news and notes from the blue paint…

Elliott starts for St. Louis

The Blues will give Brian Elliott just his second start of the season on Friday as they take on the Panthers in Florida.

Elliott, who had been in a timeshare with Jaroslav Halak over the last two seasons, has been demoted to No. 2 this season as Halak (7-1-1) has carried the load. Elliott’s lone start this season came in a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 15 — his only other action this season came three days prior, in relief of Halak during a 6-2 loss to San Jose.

Ottawa rolls with Lehner

Robin Lenher will make his second start of the season as well on Friday when Ottawa takes on the Islanders.

Lehner, 22, hasn’t played since a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Oct. 19, in which he stopped 18 of 20 shots. The Swedish netminder has watched from the bench a lot this season as the Sens have gone almost exclusively with Craig Anderson, though that might change given the latter’s mediocre efforts as of late.

Anderson is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and gave up 11 goals in his two most recent losses to Chicago and San Jose. On the year, he has a 4-4-2 record with a 3.16 GAA and .911 save percentage.

FYI, Evgeni Nabokov will start for the Islanders tonight in Ottawa.

Harding back for Minnesota

Josh Harding will see his first action in over 10 days as the Wild take on Montreal at Xcel Energy Center tonight.

Harding, 29, has put forth a tremendous campaign this far, going 5-2-1 with a 1.00 GAA and .953 save percentage, challenging Niklas Backstrom for the Wild’s No. 1 gig.

Speaking of Backstrom, it’s interesting to see him being sat after a rough outing against Chicago on Monday. The ‘Hawks burned the veteran netminder for five goals on 28 shots.

(For the Canadiens, Carey Price will get the start.)


Jacob Markstrom goes for Florida against St. Louis. Do note that the last time these two played, the Blues laid a 7-0 whipping on the Panthers.

— As we reported earlier, Semyon Varlamov will start for the Avs tonight in Dallas. Kari Lehtonen goes for the Stars.

— It’s Jimmy Howard vs. Joey MacDonald tonight in Calgary for the Red Wings-Flames game. Worth noting that Howard’s backup, Jonas Gustavsson, is dealing with a sore neck and might not be able to go tomorrow night against Edmonton. If that’s the case, AHL Grand Rapids call-up Peter Mrazek will get the start.

— Braden Holtby vs. Steve Mason in Philly for Caps-Flyers.

— Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh for Jackets-Pens.

— Ben Bishop vs. Justin Peters in Carolina for Bolts-‘Canes.

Goalie nods: Hutton starts for Preds, Lehtonen back for Stars


Some news and notes from the blue paint…

Hutton in for Rinne

With Pekka Rinne out for at least a month with a bacterial infection in his hip, the Preds will turn to backup Carter Hutton tonight against Winnipeg.

Hutton, 27, hasn’t played much this year — just two games — but does have experience against Winnipeg, thanks to a stellar 38-save outing in a 3-1 win over the Jets on Oct. 20.

Lehtonen returns

After missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, Kari Lehtonen will make his return to the Dallas goal on Thursday against Calgary.

The Stars have gone 1-4-0 since Lehtonen got hurt, so his return is a welcome one — he was 2-1-0 with a 1.57 GAA and .953 save percentage prior to the lower-body ailment.


— After a rough outing against Boston on Saturday (a 5-0 loss), Ben Bishop will be back in goal for Tampa tonight against Chicago. It’s no surprise the Bolts are going back to Bishop — in his last game against the ‘Hawks, a 3-2 shootout win on Oct. 5, he stopped 37 shots in a game the Lightning were badly outplayed.

Cory Schneider will make his third straight start for the Devils on Thursday against his old team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut for the Rangers on Thursday against Philadelphia, in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist.

The Flames will go back to Karri Ramo on Thursday against Dallas. Ramo was in net for Monday’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles while Joey MacDonald was on the hook for Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Phoenix.