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Goalie nods: Ramo faces Lehtonen in key Western playoff battle

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Dallas, Calgary do battle

Pretty significant matchup at the Saddledome tonight when Karri Ramo and the Flames take on Kari Lehtonen and the Stars.

Ramo, getting his fourth consecutive nod, will look to secure two vital points for Calgary — the Flames head into tonight’s action holding third place in the Pacific Division, tied on 86 points with Los Angeles but ahead courtesy the tiebreaker. Ramo gets the start ahead of Jonas Hiller after going 3-1-1 in his last five starts, posting a .913 save percentage.

Lehtonen, the first goalie off at this morning’s skate, looks as though he’ll make his eighth straight appearance. The Finnish netminder has been playing well of late and is a big reason why the Stars have managed to claw their way back onto the fringes of playoff contention: Dallas is 8-2-0 over its last 10 and Lehtonen is 4-1-0 over his last five, posting a stellar .940 save percentage (just eight goals allowed on his last 133 shots faced).


‘Hawks at Flyers: Corey Crawford vs. Steve Mason

Avs at Oilers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Scrivens

Andersen or Gibson — who starts for Anaheim in the playoffs?

Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks

Last spring, the Ducks became one of the few teams in NHL history to start three different goalies in three consecutive playoff games — a state of flux that, while intriguing, is something they probably don’t want to mimic this year.

And to be fair, it’ll be impossible to replicate that situation with only John Gibson and Frederik Andersen in the mix (Jonas Hiller, who made six playoff appearances last year, has departed). But the Ducks will eventually need to determine who’ll start as their playoff goalie and, with just 11 games left in the regular season, it sounds like the audition is on.

From the O.C. Register:

[Head coach Bruce] Boudreau has repeatedly said that John Gibson and Frederik Andersen will share the net until the start of April, but Gibson has been in goal the past three times out, all of them against potential playoff teams.

Andersen said he isn’t worried about suddenly losing playing time in a season where he’s gone 30-10-5 with a 2.37 goals-against average.

“There’s still a lot of games left,” Andersen said. “That’s how I look at it. I know that I’m going to have a chance to play.”

They’ll need to determine who will start as the playoff goalie, but a feeling that’s growing is Gibson nudging Andersen aside. Andersen sees a healthy competition down the stretch.

“I know we both have to battle for it,” Andersen said. “I know it’s going to be a long season. You saw it last year. We had three goalies playing due to different circumstances. I know that.”

Boudreau told the Register there is a plan in place for starts, but added it’s “subject to change.” There are a few dates worth keeping an eye on, however:

— On Sunday, Mar. 22, the Ducks take on the defending Eastern Conference champion Rangers at MSG.

— On Thursday, Mar. 26, the Ducks take on the Bruins at TD Garden.

— On Saturday, Mar. 28, the Ducks take on the Islanders at Nassau.

And there is, of course, tonight’s key Freeway Faceoff tilt against the Kings (no starter named yet). Boudreau has done a good job of mixing up appearances versus L.A. among his netminders this season — Andersen, Gibson and Jason LaBarbera have all been goalies of record — but tonight is the fifth and final meeting between the two this season, and a huge one for the Kings’ playoff chances.

Looking ahead to the postseason, it is worth noting that both Boudreau and the organization are extremely high on Gibson, made evident last year when the Ducks threw the 20-year-old into the fire midway through its second-round series against the Kings.

Gibson responded incredibly well — he became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his playoff debut — but it has to be noted that he got the nod over Andersen because the Danish netminder suffered an injury in Game 3 of the series.

Goalie nods: With Halak hurt, Neuvirth looks to snap Isles’ skid

New York Islanders v Dallas Stars

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Neuvirth faces ‘Hawks

The New York Islanders are looking to avoid their longest losing streak of the season tonight, but will have to do it without the services of their No. 1 netminder.

Jaroslav Halak will miss this evening’s tilt in Chicago with a lower-body injury, meaning Michal Neuvirth will try to keep the Isles’ skid from extending to four games.

Neuvirth, acquired at the trade deadline from Buffalo in exchange for Chad Johnson, has started three games for the Isles, going 1-1-1 with a .889 save percentage and 2.57 GAA. In his last outing, a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday, Neuvirth allowed just two goals on 29 shots and finished with a .931 save percentage, his best outing as an Islander to date.

For the ‘Blackhawks, Corey Crawford will get the start in goal.


Pens at Devils: Thomas Greiss (probable) vs. Cory Schneider

Sens at ‘Canes: Andrew Hammond vs. Anton Khudobin

Sabres at Bruins: (No Buffalo starter yet) vs. Niklas Svedberg

Habs at Panthers: Dustin Tokarski (probable) vs. Dan Ellis

Wild at Preds: Devan Dubnyk vs. Pekka Rinne (probable)

Sharks at Jets: Antti Niemi vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Blues at Flames: Brian Elliott vs. Jonas Hiller

Flyers at Canucks: No starters yet for either team.