Undefeated through the first two starts of his NHL career, Rob Zepp will get a shot to go three-for-three tonight when the Flyers take on the Capitals in Washington.
Zepp, 33, made his big-league debut in December and was recalled to Philly last week following an injury to No. 1 netminder Steve Mason. The Flyers opted to give Zepp the start over Ray Emery for Monday’s 7-3 win over Tampa Bay, and the veteran responded with 24 saves.
For the Capitals, Braden Holtby will be in goal.
Habs at Jackets: Carey Price vs. Sergei Bobrovsky
Leafs at Ducks: Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim, no word yet on a Toronto starter.
Devils at Kings: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Martin Jones likely for L.A.
No Devils deserved to make All-Star team, says Elias
By rule, all 30 NHL teams must be represented at the league’s annual All-Star Game.
But if you ask New Jersey’s lone representative at this year’s event — 38-year-old Patrik Elias — that rule doesn’t always make for the most deserving selections. From NJ.com:
“I have mixed feelings. I obviously don’t deserve to go. There are a lot of guys in the NHL that should be there,” Elias said Sunday.
“I’m proud to go. It’s always an honor. I wish the circumstances would be different. I wish I would deserve to go.”
In fact, Elias said no one on this Devils team deserves to go to the All-Star Game.
“No one. You want to have the best players from this year in the NHL play there. No one from our team, from the way we’ve played, deserves to go,” Elias said. “I’ll be the first guy to admit that.”
New Jersey heads into tonight’s action sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference, 12 points back of Boston for the final wild card spot. Elias, who has missed 10 games this season to a variety of different ailments, has just six goals and 18 points while boasting a team-worst minus-15 rating.
Elias has been an All-Star before, though — three times, most recently in 2011 — and this season has been special as he recorded the 1,000th point of his career (accomplished in a win over Buffalo last week.) Elias became the 82nd player in NHL history to meet the mark, and just the fifth Czech-born player to ever do it.
Despite this, Elias still feels sheepish about heading to Columbus.
“I’m sure there are 20-30 guys in the NHL that should be going that (will not be) there,” he said. “It happens every year. I feel for them, no question about it.”
While some “snubs” are probably quite happy about getting a break (especially Joe Thornton, who’s taking a nice trip to Cabo), you can bet plenty of fan bases will gripe about players who didn’t make it, even if they might not realize that all 30 NHL teams must be represented in some form.
Well, if you’re going to gripe about it, why not do it in the comfy confines of PHT? Before you vote for the biggest snub of them all, however, let’s take a look at who’s on the roster:
Fan voted: Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
OK, did you get a chance to scan the list? Good. Pick the biggest nub in the poll below. If your guy was double-snubbed (gasp), then write him in.