The members of the 1980 United States “Miracle on Ice” Olympic team will reunite in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday in celebration of the 35th anniversary of their defeat over the Soviet Union.
Fans can go to the Herb Brooks Arena, which will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. ET, to join the gold medal-winning team in reliving the historic event.
“To be able to share our story with fans has always been a pleasure, and given the 35th Anniversary is in 2015, this seems like a great time to reach as many people as possible,” retired NHL forward and 1980 Olympian Dave Christian said. “Honestly, sharing the stories never gets old, because it always ends with a smile on someone’s face.”
Bob Suter’s No. 20 will be raised to the rafters in his honor. Suter, the father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, passed away at the age of 57 on Sept. 9, 2014.
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The following day is NBC’s Hockey Day in America, which will feature a contest between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers at 12:30 p.m. ET followed by a 2013 Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at 3:00 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air the Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and then the Dallas Stars’ contest versus the Minnesota Wild at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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Karri goes for Flames
Karri Ramo will make his second consecutive start for the Flames tonight when they host Boston at the Saddledome.
Ramo, a surprise starter against Vancouver on Saturday, played very well in his rare appearance, stopping 28 of 30 shots for just his ninth win of the season. The decision to start Ramo came after Jonas Hiller — Calgary’s goalie of record for eight straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 — had lost two of his last three starts, including a 5-3 defeat in L.A. in which he was hooked in the third period.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is likely to start in goal.
Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak
‘Canes at Sens: Cam Ward vs. Robin Lehner
Habs at Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at Jets: Viktor Fasth vs. Michael Hutchinson
Coyotes at Avs: Mike McKenna vs. Semyon Varlamov
Wild at Canucks: Devan Dubnyk vs. Eddie Lack
Bolts at Kings: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs Jonathan Quick
The Calgary Flames have been decent since the All-Star break, but okay isn’t good enough when measured against the surging Wild. After Minnesota earned a 6-3 victory tonight to improve to 10-1-2 since the Devan Dubnyk trade, the Flames were put in a position where they needed to secure at least one point tonight to maintain their hold on the second Wild Card spot.
They did one better by eking out a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks to maintain their narrow gap over the Wild. Meanwhile, the win put Calgary in a tie for third place in the Pacific Division with the Canucks as far as points are concerned (65), although Vancouver still has the slimmest of edges as the squad has played in one less game.
The Canucks struck first tonight as rookie forward Ronalds Kenins found the back of the net for the third time in seven games. However, Calgary’s Sean Monahan fired back in the second with two markers in the span of less than five minutes.
Lance Bouma accounted for the game winner early in the third period.
For the Flames this is a great way for them to makeup for their 5-3 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday while Vancouver failed to build further on its victories against Chicago and Boston. This was the last of four meetings between these two squads, with Vancouver taking the first two contests and Calgary claiming the final games.
A month ago, the Minnesota Wild were in the midst of a four-game losing streak and eight points back in the Wild Card race. Their season seemed all-but lost when they acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes. He wasn’t the biggest contributor tonight, but there’s no question Minnesota’s turnaround started with that trade and it continued with a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Thomas Vanek put the Wild ahead early with his 11th and 12th goals of the season within the first 8:17 minutes of the contest. Jordan Schroeder found the back of the net at 15:31 of the opening frame to give Minnesota a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Hurricanes’ attempted to rallied back as the game progressed though and it was consequently defenseman Nate Prosser that was credited with the game-winning goal.
That was his fifth career marker in 172 games.
“Usually you won’t find me down there too often,” Prosser said, per the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. “I saw opportunity. Perfect sauce pass by Vanek.”
Dubnyk turned aside 24 of 27 shots, making this just the second time in his last nine contests that he’s allowed three or more goals. Since he was acquired he has started in every Wild contest and Minnesota has gone 10-1-2. As a result, the Wild have put the pressure on the Calgary Flames in the battle for a Wild Card spot. The two clubs are now tied for points, although that might be a temporary situation as the Flames are playing against Vancouver tonight.
Howard returns from groin injury
Jimmy Howard will make his first start since Jan. 10 tonight when the Detroit Red Wings play host to the Winnipeg Jets. Howard missed 10 games with a groin injury. He made four saves in relief of Petr Mrazec on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Howard is 16-7-7 with a 2.09 G.A.A. and a .920 save percentage this season.
Michael Hutchinson is expected to start for the Jets.
Maple Leafs at Canadiens: Jonathan Bernier vs. Carey Price
Blue Jackets at Islanders: Anton Forsberg vs. Jaroslav Halak
Rangers at Coyotes: Cam Talbot vs. Mike Smith
Hurricanes at Wild: Anton Khudobin vs. Devan Dubnyk
Devils at Predators: Cory Schneider vs. Pekka Rinne
Stars at Avalanche: Jhonas Enroth vs. Semyon Varlamov
Canucks at Flames: Ryan Miller vs. Karri Ramo
Capitals at Kings: Braden Holtby vs. Jonathan Quick