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Calgary Flames v Nashville Predators

Goalie nods: Hiller goes back-to-back after big win over Preds


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Hiller back in for Calgary

The Flames will start Jonas Hiller for the second time in as many nights on Monday when they take on the Stars in Dallas.

Hiller went nearly two weeks without a start before Flames head coach Bob Hartley gave him the nod yesterday in Nashville, and Hartley’s decision proved a wise one; Hiller stopped 27 of 29 shots in a crucial 5-2 victory, pushing Calgary past L.A. for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to Hiller taking the net, Karri Ramo was the Flames’ goalie of record in five straight games, going 2-1-2 over that stretch.

For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen is likely to be back in goal after stopping 33 of 36 shots in an OT win over Vancouver on Saturday.


Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Canucks at Blues: Eddie Lack vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at ‘Hawks: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. (No Chicago starter yet)

Oilers at Avs: Richard Bachman vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sabres at Coyotes: (No Buffalo starter yet) vs. Mike Smith

Flames jump back into third in Pacific, beat Preds

Michael Ferland

After falling behind 1-0, the Calgary Flames scored four straight Sunday to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2.

Michael Ferland’s first career NHL goal was the game-winner.

With the win, Calgary takes over the third seed in the Pacific Division passing the L.A. Kings. The Kings have a game in hand.

After Roman Josi opened the scoring, Lance Bouma, Kris Russell, Ferland and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames giving Calgary a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Bouma added an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining. Deryk Engelland had two assists in the win.

Seth Jones had the other Predators goal.

Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for the win. Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots in the loss.

The Predators, who clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Preds’ captain Shea Weber missed his second consecutive game due to a lower body injury.

Goalie Nods: Wings will start Mrazek for second straight day

Petr Mrazek

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Detroit sticks with Petr Mrazek

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard’s recent slump has been bad enough spark speculation about him potentially losing the starting job to 23-year-old netminder Mrazek. That debate only intensified after Mrazek posted a 23-save shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Under these circumstances, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided to start Mrazek against the New York Islanders despite the lack of rest. The only other time Detroit attempted to start Mrazek on back-to-back days this season, he allowed three goals on seven shots to the Buffalo Sabres before being pulled just 13:37 minutes into the second game.

There’s no word yet on who the Islanders will counter with.


Capitals at Rangers: Braden Holtby vs. Cam Talbot

Panthers at Senators: Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa; Roberto Luongo is the probable goaltender for Florida.

Bruins at Hurricanes: Tuukka Rask is expected to be fine for today’s game after dealing with dehydration issues on Saturday, so there’s a fair chance he’ll be between the pipes for Boston. Carolina will likely go with Anton Khudobin after using Cam Ward on Saturday, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Flames at Predators: Jonas Hiller is confirmed for Calgary while there’s a fair chance Nashville will counter with Pekka Rinne.

Ducks at Devils: It’s not know who Anaheim will start, but Cory Schneider will be in goal for New Jersey.

Sharks at Penguins: Alex Stalock vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Blackhawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Ondrej Pavelec

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.