Matt Puempel should get a chance to show what he can do in the NHL after the Ottawa Senators announced that he’s been recalled.
Puempel has 12 goals and 32 points in 51 games with the AHL Binghamton Senators this season. He’s in his second full season with Binghamton after being taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 22-year-old forward could make his NHL debut on Saturday and help fill the void left by Clarke MacArthur, who is on the sidelines after crashing into goaltender Robin Lehner during Monday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With a 23-23-10 record, the Senators are nine points shy of the second Wild Card seed Boston Bruins. The chances of Ottawa overcoming that gap this late in the season are slim, but they still have a glimmer of hope.
Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.
There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.
Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.
For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.
Habs at Sens: Dustin Tokarski vs. Andrew Hammond
Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford
Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.
Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.
Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.
Intermission starts early after Ottawa’s MacArthur crashes into goalie Lehner
The second period of tonight’s contest between Ottawa and Carolina ended on a somber note as Senators forward Clarke MacArthur charged into his goaltender, Robin Lehner, while trying to prevent a goal from Carolina’s Jay McClement.
Both Lehner and MacArthur went down as a result of the collision and needed to be attended to. Lehner was able to get up and head to the locker room on his own strength, but MacArthur spent a longer period of time on the ice and at one point it looked like he would need a stretcher. Fortunately, the stretcher proved to be unnecessary, but the severity of MacArthur’s injury remains unclear.
Rather than have the teams play the final 52 seconds remaining in the period, the decision was made to begin the intermission early. The remaining time will be made up after the intermission before the third period will officially start, per the NHL’s PR Department.
You can see the incident below:
Sens confirm what most of us expected: Lehner & MacArthur will not return tonight. Hopefully more of an update after the game.