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Goalie nods: Anton Forsberg debuts for battered Blue Jackets

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News and notes from the crease …

Forsberg’s first

With Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf, it looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets will give Anton Forsberg his first career NHL start tonight.

Here’s a quick Forsberg bio for those in the crowd wondering … “Anton who?”

 

Forsberg faces Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils in his debut.

Crawford’s back

The Chicago Blackhawks sent Scott Darling back to the minors (to the relief of Antti Raanta, who was likely sweating Darling’s strong work) as Corey Crawford appears ready to return. At the moment, it looks like James Reimer will be in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are wrapping up a back-to-back set.

Elsewhere …

Flyers at Panthers: Steve Mason strives for his first win of 2014-15 with Philly while Roberto Luongo’s in net for Florida.

Jets at Rangers: Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg and Henrik Lundqvist for New York.

Capitals at Lightning: Braden Holtby starts for Washington, Ben Bishop goes for Tampa Bay.

Coyotes at Hurricanes: Mike Smith tries to get it together with Arizona while Cam Ward continues Carolina’s quest for a win.

Senators at Bruins: Robin Lehner’s in for Ottawa, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Sabres at Penguins: Jhonas Enroth gets thrown to the wolves by Buffalo while Marc-Andre Fleury is looking like a workhorse so far for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Wild: Dallas seems to be leaning toward Kari Lehtonen while Minnesota rolls with Darcy Kuemper.

Avalanche at Blues: Semyon Varlamov goes for Colorado while Brian Elliott hopes that his goalie mask protects him from the bug going around the St. Louis locker room.

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller starts for Vancouver while Ben Scrivens continues to be the go-to guy for Edmonton.

Islanders at Sharks: Jaroslav Halak hopes to stop New York’s run of bad goaltending while Antti Niemi is in net for San Jose.

Devils GM on Cammalleri: ‘He just doesn’t feel right’

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The New Jersey Devils aren’t being particularly forthcoming about what, precisely, is the problem for Michael Cammalleri. GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that he remains day-to-day and “just doesn’t feel right.”

“We’re not hiding anything,” Lamoriello said. “You can watch the video. He got hit in the jaw. He played the next night. He just doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s his head, his neck, his jaw, we’re just making sure he feels 100 percent.”

The check that leaves Cammalleri day-to-day (Lamoriello doesn’t think it’s a long-term issue) happened during an Oct. 24 shootout loss against the Dallas Stars.

It’s an especially big shame since Cammalleri, 32, seems like he’s been fitting in so well with the Devils so far. Even though he’s parked with a three-game pointless streak, Cammalleri has seven points in eight games with the Devils while firing a robust 29 shots on goal.

Don’t expect the Devils to get any sympathy from tonight’s opponent, though, as they face the banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Video: Devils (finally) win a shootout

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The New Jersey Devils finally won in a shootout Thursday night snapping an 0-for-18 in slump in the breakaway competition.

Jacob Josefson scored the shootout winner as the Devils upended the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 – their first shootout win since March 10, 2013, which also came against the Jets.

Michael Ryder scored in regulation for the Devils while Blake Wheeler had the lone Jets goal.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the win and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 26 shots in the loss.

Winnipeg center Evander Kane made his return to the lineup after suffering a knee injury in the season opener Oct. 9.

Kane had three shots on goal, a hit and two penalty minutes in 17:07 of time on ice.

Video: Malkin picks up 400th assist

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The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed a brief 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period against the L.A. Kings and Chris Kunitz buried his fourth of the season.

On the goal, Evgeni Malkin picked up his 400th career assist with a nice slap pass to Kunitz at the side of the net.

Malkin becomes the fifth player in franchise history to join the 400 assist club.

Penguins greats Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis reached the milestone while in a Pens sweater.

Current captain Sidney Crosby has also reached 400 assist mark in his career.

Goalie nods: Svedberg gets Buffalo again, Darling starts third straight

The latest from the blue paint…

Boston goes with Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday when the B’s take on the Sabres in Buffalo. The Swedish netminder, who took over backup duties from the now-departed Chad Johnson, has been very good for Boston this season, posting a .951 save percentage and 1.57 GAA — this despite the fact he’s only registered one win on the year (a 4-0 shutout of the Sabres back on Oct. 18).

Speaking of the Sabres, they’ll go back to Jhonas Enroth tonight after Michal Neuvirth got the call in each of the last two games. Enroth’s last game was a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles and while he’s just 1-5-0 on the year, he does have a respectable .914 save percentage.

Chicago rides Darling

AHL call-up Scott Darling will make his third consecutive start tonight when the ‘Hawks take on the Sens in Ottawa. Darling’s streak began, ironically enough, against this same Ottawa team — he stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 win over the Sens last Sunday, followed up by stopping 24 of 25 in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.

As for the Senators, they’ll go with the same guy that lost to Darling on Sunday: Craig Anderson. “Andy” has been alternating games with Robin Lehner of late but would probably have gotten this Chicago game regardless of the rotation — in the aforementioned 2-1 loss, Anderson stopped 43 of 45 Blackhawks shots, good for a .956 save percentage.

Elsewhere…

Jets at Devils: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Cory Schneider

Kings at Penguins: Martin Jones vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Coyotes at Panthers: Mike Smith vs. Roberto Luongo

Flyers at Lightning: Ray Emery vs. Ben Bishop

Ducks at Blues: John Gibson vs. Jake Allen

Sharks at Wild: Antti Niemi vs. Darcy Kuemper

Isles at Avs: Chad Johnson vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Canucks: No word on starters yet, but Carey Price and Ryan Miller are likely.