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Goalie nods: Kuemper looks to stay hot, Tokarski gets second start


All the latest from the blue paint…

Kuemper, so hot right now

The numbers on Darcy Kuemper through five games are pretty outstanding: 4-1-0, .966 save percentage, 0.80 GAA and three (count ’em!) shutouts. Tonight, he’ll look to bolster those stats against the New York Rangers, who head into this contest on the heels of Saturday’s loss to Montreal, in which they scored just once on 35 shots.

Speaking of the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist will get his eighth start of the season tonight, tying him with New Jersey’s Cory Schneider for most among NHL netminders.

Habs turn to Tokarski

The Habs begins the first of a back-to-back Alberta series tonight in Edmonton — they face Calgary tomorrow — and they’ll lead things off with Dustin Tokarski, making his first start since Oct. 9.

Tokarski was stellar that night, stopping 29 of 30 shots in a shootout win over Washington. Tokarski was less impressive in his second outing, though, getting shelled for three goals on 18 shots in relief of Carey Price during a loss to Tampa Bay.

Tonight, he’ll take on Ben Scrivens, who has played very well for Edmonton lately and was rewarded with the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday.

Related: The Habs have been really good…except they haven’t, really

Ex-Wild, Devils forward Palmieri returns to Germany


Nick Palmieri is headed back to Europe.

Germany, specifically — on Monday, DEL club Schwenninger announced they signed the former New Jersey and Minnesota forward to a deal, bringing Palmieri back to Germany for the second time in as many years (last season, he spent time with EHC Red Bull Munchen.)

Palmieri, 25, was New Jersey’s third-round pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and scored a career-high 17 points in 43 games for the Devils during the 2010-11 season. He later landed Minnesota as part of the Marek Zidlicky trade and appeared in nine games for the Wild during the 2011-12 campaign, averaging over 10 minutes per.

This fall, he was in Ottawa’s camp on a PTO and released just prior to the start of the regular season.

Report: John Scott incident under review


The NHL’s perfect season (no suspensions thus far) may remain in tact after all.

According to NBCSN analyst and TSN hockey insider, Bob McKenzie, San Jose Sharks’ John Scott, who appeared to leave the bench during Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, was penalized under Rule 73 of the NHL rule book.

Some believe Scott will be penalized similarly to Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward David Clarkson, who during the preseason last year left the bench to fight Scott – then a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Clarkson was automatically suspended 10 games under Rule 70.10, which states, “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team”.

If Mckenzie is right, Scott certainly won’t be suspended automatically, but could be subject to a suspension at the discretion of Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

Should be interesting to see how Quintal’s new regime at the Department of Player Safety handles this one.

Quick hits: Habs, Price get a little revenge vs. Rangers


There are 11 games on the schedule, so to keep you up to date on the action, it seems wise to put the results in one spot.

First, PHT posts on some of the individual results:

Sabres embarrass Sharks 2-1; Marc-Edouard Vlasic isn’t too worried

Bruins bump Jonathan Bernier out, leave Leafs soul-searching following 4-1 loss

Islanders win track meet against the Dallas Stars 7-5

The Blues beat the Blackhawks and left Dan Carcillo limping

Penguins blank Predators

Wild chase Nabokov, blast the Lightning 7-2

OK, that takes care of three of Saturday’s contests, but there are plenty of important ones that we’ll cover here.

Canadiens 3, Rangers 1

Are the Montreal Canadiens the best team in the East? It’s way too early to say, but they got a little revenge against the team that beat them in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals, topping the Rangers thanks in large part to Carey Price’s strong play. /Cues “What if Price didn’t get injured?” talk …

Price is on quite the streak lately, by the way:

The Canadiens are 7-1-0 even though there have been sloppy moments.

(Chris Kreider had a quiet evening, in case you’re wondering.)

Flyers 4, Red Wings 2

The Detroit Red Wings fired 37 shots on goal to Philly’s 17, but Ray Emery stole one for the Flyers. Could Emery find himself stealing some starts from Steve Mason as the season goes along? That’s a discussion for another day.

Flyers head coach Craig Berube admits it wasn’t the greatest performance … but he’ll take it:

Devils 3, Senators 2 (OT)

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer illustrates how important this win was:

Naturally, Jaromir Jagr was the one to score the overtime-winner:

Coyotes 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

Roberto Luongo played very well in net, making 39 saves, but Florida was unable to provide him enough goal support. Bobby Lou’s likely hoping that such a common recap blurb from his original tour with the Panthers doesn’t remain a trend this time around; so far, that’s not looking too promising.

Justin Hodgman took quite a journeyman’s path to his first NHL game, yet it only took him that long to score his first career goal:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson ended up winning the game in OT (to Luongo’s chagrin):

Capitals 3, Flames 1

This is probably the type of win the Washington Capitals envisioned when they hired Barry Trotz.

Things didn’t go well for Alex Ovechkin – he didn’t get a point and broke two sticks on opportunities late in the third period alone – yet the Capitals were able to grind out a solid win.

Nicklas Backstrom was fantastic, scoring the insurance goal and nearly collecting another one before being thwarted by a game Karri Ramo.

Fittingly, a player who once played under Trotz with Nashville enjoyed arguably the best night, as Joel Ward scored two of Washington’s three goals.

One more stat that would probably make Trotz smile: the Capitals didn’t allow an even-strength goal tonight. Overall, Braden Holtby made 20 out of 21 saves to build back some confidence, too.

All in all, it’s a win by the Trotz blueprint. Washington hopes to see many more.

Goalie nods: Gustavsson gets his second start

The latest news from the crease…

Gustavsson gets the net for Detroit

Jonas Gustavsson will make his second straight Saturday start of the season after blanking the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 last weekend. The Red Wings are in Philadelphia looking for their first win since Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup final. Gustavsson made 30 saves in his only other start of the season.

Ray Emery goes for the Flyers. Emery made 22 saves as the Flyers defeated the Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night. He carries a 2.84 GAA and a .897 save percentage into his fourth appearance of the season.


Sabres at Sharks: Jhonas Enroth vs. Alex Stalock

Stars at Islanders: Anders Lindback vs. Chad Johnson

Devils at Senators: (Update) Cory Schneider vs. Robin Lehner

Rangers at Canadiens: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Maple Leafs: Tuukka Rask vs. Jonathan Bernier

Blackhawks at Blues: Antti Raanta vs. Brian Elliott

Penguins at Predators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne

Lightning at Wild: Evgeni Nabakov vs. Darcy Kuemper

Panthers at Coyotes: Roberto Luongo vs. Mike Smith

Capitals at Flames: Braden Holtby vs. Karri Ramo