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.
If Danny DeKeyser were a car, he wouldn’t be flashy like a Ferrari or Lamborghini, or even that awesome car Homer built that played La Cucaracha with its horn.
Which is to say, DeKeyser isn’t P.K. Subban or Erik Karlsson, two past Norris Trophy winners with the ability to both put up points and bring the crowd to its feet. (Nor is he a defenseman that sings La Cucaracha.)
That said, DeKeyser will get you from A to B, and he’ll do it with the minimum amount of hassle.
And as with cars, there’s a lot to be said for reliability.
Per the Detroit Free Press, Wings coach Mike Babcock says DeKeyser “makes the least mistakes of anybody on our back end. He’s an elite skater, he’s got an elite mind, he’s ultra competitive, he comes every day ready to play.”
In the short time since turning pro, DeKeyser has become yet another late-blooming d-man to make an impact in the NHL, joining the likes of current undrafted players Mark Giordano, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Chris Tanev, and Torey Krug, as well as past stars like former Wing Brian Rafalski.
Karri Ramo will make his second consecutive start for the Flames tonight when they host Boston at the Saddledome.
Ramo, a surprise starter against Vancouver on Saturday, played very well in his rare appearance, stopping 28 of 30 shots for just his ninth win of the season. The decision to start Ramo came after Jonas Hiller — Calgary’s goalie of record for eight straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 — had lost two of his last three starts, including a 5-3 defeat in L.A. in which he was hooked in the third period.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is likely to start in goal.
Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak
‘Canes at Sens: Cam Ward vs. Robin Lehner
Habs at Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at Jets: Viktor Fasth vs. Michael Hutchinson
Coyotes at Avs: Mike McKenna vs. Semyon Varlamov
Wild at Canucks: Devan Dubnyk vs. Eddie Lack
Bolts at Kings: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs Jonathan Quick