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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Anze Kopitar #11 of Slovenia skates against Russia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Here’s an early look at Team Europe


COLUMBUS — First, they really need to figure out the name.

Officially it’s the straightforward-but-staid “Team Europe,” though we heard plenty of other monikers during Saturday’s announcement of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey: Pan-European, Team Other Europe and The Island of Misfit Boys (courtesy Bleacher Report’s Dave Lozo, which I feel might not stick)

For clarity’s sake, the squad is called Team Europe (for now) and comprised of players outside the traditional Big Four — Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — of international hockey. As such, the NHL and NHLPA have hatched a Ryder Cup-style squad of players from Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria and another other European country I’ve failed to mention.

Let’s take a look at potential roster choices shall we?

Forwards: Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Richard Panik, Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia), Thomas Vanek, Michael Raffl, Michael Grabner (Austria), Mikhail Grabovski (Belarus), Mikkel Boedker, Frans Nielsen, Jannik Hansen, Lars Eller (Denmark), Antoine Roussel, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (France), Tobias Rieder, Leon Draisaitl, Marcel Goc (Germany), Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia), Mats Zuccarello (Norway), Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland), Dainius Zubrus (Lithuania).

Defense: Zdeno Chara, Andrej Sekera, Lubomir Visnovsky, Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Roman Josi, Mark Streit, Yannick Weber, Luca Sbisa, Mirco Mueller, Raphael Diaz (Switzerland), Christian Ehrhoff, Dennis Seidenberg (Germany).

Goalie: Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia), Frederik Andersen (Denmark), Thomas Greiss (Germany), Jonas Hiller, Reto Berra (Switzerland).

Halak, who’s represented Slovakia internationally on a number of occasions, figures to be in the mix for one of the goaltending spots — and, one would think, the starting job — but has mixed feelings about the Team Europe concept.

“I would say if it was 10 years ago it would be upsetting because 10 years ago we had a lot of guys in the NHL,” he explained during . “Right now, we got maybe 12. So that would be tough to make a team out of 12 guys.

“Obviously you need 20. It will be different to see [the rest of Team Europe] but at the same time I’m open to it. It would be nice to play with some other players from different countries.”

As most assumed when reports of a Team Europe concept first broke, the team will be well-stocked at forward but thin on defense and in goal. On their own, Switzerland and Slovakia probably have the strongest contingents but lack depth certain positions. Other countries simply don’t have enough players period so, from a competition standpoint, the Ryder Cup-style amalgam makes sense.

It just remains to be seen if all the projected players fully embrace the idea.

“I’m sure it’s going to be strange at first, but playing against each other you know pretty much all of the guys anyway, Kopitar said. “I don’t think it’s going to be too hard to come together.”

Goalie nods: Red-hot Ortio gets fifth straight start for Flames

Joni Ortio

All the latest from the blue paint…

Joni rides again

Talk about a luxury of wealth in goal.

Tonight in Anaheim, Calgary will give Joni Ortio — the 23-year-old Finn that’s spent the majority of the year in AHL Adirondack — his fifth consecutive start as he looks for his fifth consecutive win.

Ortio, called up after Karri Ramo landed on IR, has been nothing short of brilliant during his brief stint in Calgary, moving ahead of Jonas Hiller on the depth chart by posting a .958 save percentage and 1.23 GAA in victories over Vancouver, Arizona, San Jose and Los Angeles. All four wins came on the road and Ortio started his run with a 36-save shutout against the Canucks… in his season debut.


The Calgary Flames just keep winning and winning, Part 2

Awkward or not, Flames will carry three goalies as Ortio shows ‘swagger’

For the Ducks, Frederik Andersen will get the nod in goal.


Leafs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

‘Hawks at Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh, Corey Crawford likely for Chicago.

Jackets at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word yet on a Columbus starter.

Bruins at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Kings at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Goalie Nods: Sharks, Niemi look to bounce back vs. Rangers

Antti Niemi
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Niemi looks to rebound from loss vs. Blues

Antti Niemi has lost two of his last three starts – both coming against the St. Louis Blues. He has allowed 11 goals on 48 shots as the Sharks were out-scored 14-4 against St. Louis. Niemi was pulled after 33 minutes Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the Blues. Alex Stalock started the Sharks’ only other game against New York this season – a 4-0 loss on Oct. 19. Niemi is 16-10-4 this season with a 2.63 G.A.A. and a .910 save percentage.

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers, who will look to extend their win streak to five games.


Senators at Coyotes: Craig Anderson vs. Mike Smith

Islanders at Blue Jackets: Chad Johnson vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Red Wings at Capitals: Jimmy Howard vs. Braden Holtby

Penguins at Canadiens: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Carey Price

Hurricanes at Blues: Cam Ward vs. Brian Elliott

Flames at Canucks: Jonas Hiller vs. Ryan Miller

Jets at Kings: Michael Hutchinson vs. Jonathan Quick

Goalie nods: Kinkaid, Montoya give starters a break

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils

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Kinkaid gets second start in five games

The New Jersey Devils will lighten Cory Schneider’s load a bit, as rookie netminder Keith Kinkaid gets another start this evening at home against the Isles.

Schneider, who played nearly every game through the first two months of the season, faced 42 shots last night in a 3-0 loss to Boston, hence Kinkaid’s start tonight. But there is reason to suggest Kinkaid also got this assignment on merit; he’s been pretty good this season, posting a 2.01 GAA and .928 save percentage while earning at least a point in three of his last five starts.

For the Islanders, Jaroslav Halak will be in goal.

Al faces Flames

After last night’s emotional win in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo will be given the night off and Al Montoya will face Calgary at the Saddledome.

Montoya, in his first year with the Panthers, last played on Sunday in relief of Luongo during a 4-3 loss to the Capitals (Luongo exited the game after getting bowled over by Alex Ovechkin.) Montoya’s last start, though, came in a loss to the Rangers in which he allowed five goals on 34 shots.

The 29-year-old is 2-4-2 for Florida this season, with a 2.61 GAA and .904 save percentage.

For the Flames, Jonas Hiller will be in goal.


Jackets at Leafs: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jonathan Bernier

Sabres at Bolts: Michal Neuvirth vs. Ben Bishop

‘Hawks at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton, no word yet on a Chicago starter.

Video: Flames goalie Karri Ramo collides with teammate

Calgary Flames v New Jersey Devils

Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo left Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings after a collision with a teammate while racing out for a loose puck. Ramo did not return to the game, which the Flames lost by a final score of 3-2.

From NHL.com:

Ramo left the crease to play a loose puck and collided with Flames defenseman Raphael Diaz in the slot. He left the ice with 9:49 remaining in the second and the score tied 1-1.

Ramo made 12 saves on 13 shots in his first start since being pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 16.

Jonas Hiller came on in relief.