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Lindback takes on Caps
Anders Lindback will look to continue his personal reclamation project when the Sabres host the Caps in Buffalo.
Acquired from Dallas in the Jhonas Enroth trade, Lindback — who was dreadful as Kari Lehtonen’s backup — has been quite effective since Buffalo dealt Michal Neuvirth to the Isles. The lanky Swede has yet to win a game for the Sabres, yet allowed just 12 goals on 160 shots over a five-game stretch, good for a .925 save percentage and 2.68 GAA.
In his last outing, a 2-0 loss to the Rangers, Lindback stopped 31 of 32 shots for a .969 save percentage. He also did this to Toronto in overtime last week:
For the Capitals, no word yet on who’ll start. Braden Holtby was in for yesterday’s 2-0 win over Boston and could go back-to-back; if not, it’ll be Philipp Grubauer, who’s up from AHL Hershey with Justin Peters injured.
Habs at Bolts: Carey Price vs. Ben Bishop
Leafs at Oilers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Ben Scrivens
Coyotes at Kings: (No Arizona starter yet) vs. Jonathan Quick (probable)
The Montreal Canadiens will have defenseman Alexei Emelin back in the lineup tonight for their Atlantic Division showdown in Tampa Bay.
Emelin has been out since getting hurt Feb. 18 in Ottawa. The 28-year-old is most likely to replace Greg Pateryn in the lineup, though nothing has been confirmed.
With a regulation win tonight, the Habs would move four points clear of the Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic, plus they’d still hold a game in hand. Obviously, a regulation loss would mean a tie in points.
The two teams play once more down the stretch, on March 30 in Montreal.
The Lighting have won all three of the meetings so far this season.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Alex Ovechkin surprised two fans that lost their house and most prized possessions in a fire by giving them an autographed jersey.
NHL general managers will honor Bryan Murray tonight as all 30 GMs get together in Boca Raton, Florida for the GMs meetings. (Ottawa Sun)
New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang isn’t worried about his critics. (Sportsnet)
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Senators’ goaltender Andrew Hammond, better known these days as “The Hamburglar”, picked up a burger off the ice following Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
On Saturday night the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones wore jerseys resembling the famous Iron Man suit. (Puck Daddy)
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently met and signed autographs for a fan who beat him at words with friends. (RMNB)
During a stoppage in play between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders on Saturday night Carey Price posed for a selfie with a fan. You can see the image here.
If you look at Saturday’s Montreal Canadiens – New York Islanders game as a showcase between two potential Hart Trophy candidates (rather than two East contenders), then Carey Price got the best of John Tavares tonight.
Price was brilliant once again for Montreal, stopping 35 out of 36 shots as the Habs beat the Islanders 3-1. Tavares created some great chances – as usual – yet Price was game for all of his six shots on net.
Price’s stop on Matt Martin was probably the sexiest highlight of them all, though:
In reality, this wasn’t just about two stars, especially since there were plenty of other standout talents on the ice like P.K. Subban. It was a great night for Max Pacioretty (a goal on a gaffe by Michal Neuvirth) and a not-so-great evening for Kyle Okposo and Johnny Boychuk, who both suffered with -3 ratings.
The out-of-town scoreboard was also friendly to the Canadiens and unfriendly to the Islanders. While the Tampa Bay Lightning muffed their chance to keep pace with Montreal, the New York Rangers took care of business against the Buffalo Sabres. That leaves the Habs strongly in first place in the Atlantic Division while the Isles face an uphill battle to catch the Rangers in the Metro.
Both teams seem like they’re on the upswing overall, but it was Montreal that took a step forward tonight.
Max Pacioretty continues to rise among the NHL’s best snipers in 2014-15, but as much as unleashing a big shot matters, sometimes it’s about timing and luck.
He won’t score many goals that are easier than his 34th of the season, as a highly regrettable Michal Neuvirth flub opened the door for this one:
Yep, Neuvirth probably wants that one back.
It doesn’t help that he had Carey Price doing things like this on the other side of the ice, either: