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Tampa’s Palat (lower body) done for the night

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat suffered a lower body injury in the second period and will not return to tonight’s game in Montreal.

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Palat blocked a shot in the second period and did not play another shift following the 17:57 mark of the middle frame.

Palat has 15 goals and 37 points in 63 games this season.

Goalie nods: Pickard replaces injured Varlamov; Roy says start would be ‘unfair’ to Berra


All the latest from the blue paint…

Pickard starts, Berra backs up

Having gone 8-3-0 in their last 11, the Avs are on the fringe of playoff contention and —  with a win against Los Angeles and a Jets regulation loss in St. Louis tonight — would be just five points back of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

As such, Patrick Roy is replacing injured No. 1 netminder with AHL recall Calvin Pickard, rather than backup Reto Berra.

“It’s very simple. Reto’s been practicing really well and the three games he came in for relief he did a good job for us, but he hasn’t started a game since Nov. 25,” Roy explained, per the Denver Post. “It’d be unfair to put him in a situation like this, such an important game for us.

“All the games Calvin played for us, he played really well. He’s one of the reasons why we’re in the position today of still having a chance to make the playoffs.”

Pickard, 22, is 6-6-3 this year for Colorado, posting  a .936 save percentage and 2.18 GAA. Berra, who has spent most of the season in Roy’s doghouse, had a couple of decent relief outings in February — stopping 22 of 23 shots against the Coyotes and Predators — but didn’t look great in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Minnesota, allowing one goal on four shots after Varlamov left with a lower-body injury.

No word yet on who’ll start for the Kings tonight.


Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak

Stars at Flyers: Kari Lehtonen (probable) vs. Steve Mason

Jackets at ‘Canes: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Cam Ward

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Sens: Tuukka Rask vs. Craig Anderson

Jets at Blues: Michael Hutchinson vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Wild: Cory Schneider vs. Devan Dubnyk

Bolts admit ‘there’s a lot at stake’ tonight in Montreal

Carey Price Ondrej Palat

A quick rundown of all that’s on the table tonight when the Habs host the Lightning at the Bell Centre:

— With a regulation win, Tampa Bay can draw even with Montreal on 90 points atop the Atlantic Division.

— With any sort of win, Montreal moves into first place in the NHL.

— Montreal swept Tampa Bay 4-0 in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. This season, the Lightning have returned the favor, sweeping both matchups (by a combined score of 11-3.)

Needless to say, this evening’s affair promises to be engaging.

Just ask the Bolts.

“There’s a lot at stake,” Brian Boyle said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone’s jockeying for position.”

“This is a big test,” added Steve Stamkos. “We realize how tight it is in our division, and obviously playing head-to-head is a big swing.”

Montreal players seem to recognize the significance of what the Bolts represent as well. While the Habs have run roughshod against the Eastern Concerence this year — they’re 14-2-1 against the six other teams currently in playoff position — their inability to handle Tampa Bay has stuck out.

“We haven’t had very much success against them in the two games,” Brendan Gallagher explained, per NHL.com. “They really dominated us in all facets of the game, so we want to come out and show that wasn’t us either.

“We want to change the storyline a little bit.”

Finally, tonight’s game represents a chance for both teams to roll out their latest acquisitions. Given that this is the first of three more meetings this season — Montreal and Tampa Bay play again on Mar. 16, then again on the 30th — the new faces will have plenty of opportunities to experience this simmering rivalry: Montreal will trot out Jeff Petry, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jacob De La Rose, Torrey Mitchell and Bryan Flynn for the first time against Tampa Bay, while the Bolts will send out d-man Braydon Coburn and, possibly, forward Vladislav Namestnikov, who could draw in for the injured J.T. Brown.

Goalie Nods: Hutchinson gets a sixth straight start

St. Louis Blues v Winnipeg Jets

Michael Hutchinson gets the nod in Nashville

Michael Hutchinson will look to right the ship tonight in Nashville. The Jets’ goaltender allowed three goals on 17 shots in a loss to the Senators on Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three of his last five games while posting a 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage. The Jets have not won in Nashville this season and will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Preds.

Pekka Rinne, who has lost four in a row, gets the nod for Nashville.


Blues at Leafs: Brian Elliott vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Lightning: Jhonas Enroth vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Islanders at Panthers: Michal Neuvirth vs. Dan Ellis

Sabres at Capitals: Anders Lindback (unconfirmed) vs. Braden Holtby

Avalanche at Blue Jackets: Semyon Varlamov vs. Curtis McElhinney

Canadiens at Coyotes: Carey Price vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Kings: Marc-Andre Fleury (unconfirmed) vs. Jonathan Quick (unconfirmed).

Canucks at Sharks: Eddie Lack vs. Antti Niemi

Jackets recall Bourque from Springfield

Rene Bourque

Olli Jokinen may not be the only player suiting up for his third team this season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Rene Bourque on emergency recall from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

The Jackets play host to the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Columbus acquired Bourque, who started the season with the Montreal Canadiens, from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

The 33-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Ducks scoring two goals and six assists to go along with a minus-4 rating.

Bourque had two assists in 13 games with Montreal prior to being waived in November. He also dressed in four AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring two goals and two assists.

The Ducks acquired Bourque in exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen on Nov. 20.

Columbus won its only other meeting against Colorado 4-3 on Jan. 4.