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Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

Goalie Nods: Halak looks to bump slump vs. Sabres


Halak gets the nod for the Isles

Jaroslav Halak will look to get back on track against the lowly Buffalo Sabres Saturday night. Halak has lost two of three starts while allowing 10 goals on 101 shots. He gave up three goals on 39 shots in the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday. New York has lost four of five, but can clinch a playoff berth with a regulation win tonight.

Andrey Makarov gets the start for Buffalo.


Penguins at Blue Jackets: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Canucks at Jets: Eddie Lack vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Red Wings at Wild: Jimmy Howard vs. Devan Dubnyk

Devils at Rangers: Cory Schneider vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Lightning at Panthers: Ben Bishop vs. Roberto Luongo

Capitals at Senators: Braden Holtby vs. Andrew Hammond

Leafs at Bruins: James Reimer vs. Tuukka Rask

Stars at Predators: Jhonas Enroth vs. Pekka Rinne

Sharks at Coyotes: Antti Niemi (unconfirmed) vs. Mike Smith

Flames at Oilers: Karri Ramo vs. Ben Scrivens

Avalanche at Kings: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jonathan Quick

Saturday’s clinching scenarios: Isles, Caps eye playoff spots

John Tavares

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders can clinch playoff spots with wins on Saturday.

Washington visits the Ottawa Senators in the second of a three-game road trip. The Capitals are looking to get back to the post-season after missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons last year.

The Capitals need a regulation win tonight to clinch.

A win in Ottawa won’t be easy though. The Senators are in a fight for their own playoff lives and sit three points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.

Washington won both meetings between the two clubs by identical 2-1 margins and will look for the season series sweep tonight.

The Capitals enter tonight’s action as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.

A Washington regulation win coupled with a New York victory over the Buffalo Sabres will clinch a playoff spot for the Islanders.

The Islanders enter tonight’s action with just one win in their last five.

New York and Buffalo have split the first two games in the season series.

The Islanders are looking to clinch a postseason berth for the second time in three seasons.

New York is currently third in the Metropolitan Division.

The Minnesota Wild can clinch if they beat the Red Wings in regulation or overtime and the Flames lose in regulation.

If the Flames lose to Oilers in a shootout or overtime, the Wild would also require the Jets or Kings to lose in regulation. Minnesota can also clinch if the Jets and Kings lose in regulation and the Wild beat the Wings in regulation or overtime.

Minny can also clinch with a shootout win if the Flames lose in any fashion and the Jets or Kings lose in regulation. The Wild will also clinch with a shootout victory if both the Kings and Jets lose in regulation.

The Wild cannot clinch a playoff berth Saturday if they lose in any fashion.

Vancouver would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Jets in regulation and either the Flames lose in any fashion or the Kings lose in regulation.

The Canucks can also clinch if they beat the Jets in overtime and the Flames lose in any fashion and the Kings lose in regulation.

If the Canucks defeat the Jets in a shootout, both the Flames and Kings would need to lose in regulation in order for Vancouver to clinch.

Vancouver cannot clinch tonight if they lose to the Jets.

Masterton nominees include Doan, Darling and Dubnyk


The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player that “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.” It was awarded last year to Rangers forward Dominic Moore, who lost his wife, Katie, to cancer in January of 2013.

This year’s 30 nominees (one for each team) can be found here at the website of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Nominees include Arizona’s Shane Doan, whose bout with Rocky Mountain spotted fever was well-documented; Chicago’s Scott Darling, who started his pro career with the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League; and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk, whose NHL career has been resurrected in a most remarkable way this season.

Here’s video of Moore from June: