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Columbus Blue Jackets v Buffalo Sabres

Sabres recall Pysyk from AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League the club announced Sunday.

According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, the recall is a result of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen falling ill on Saturday.

Pysyk, 22, is on his second recall with the Sabres this season. He was recalled by the Sabres on Dec. 21 and appeared in two games averaging over 20 minutes in ice time before being reassigned Dec. 24.

Pysyk has a goal and 10 assists in 30 AHL games this season.

Originally Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2010, Pysyk has appeared in 65 games for the Sabres scoring two goals and 10 assists.

The Sabres are back in action Monday when they visit the Ottawa Senators.

Video: Nyquist scores OT winner on incredible individual effort

Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils

Gustav Nyquist got the puck with along the boards with 1:17 remaining in overtime. He wouldn’t relinquish it for approximately another 28 seconds, when he released a quick wrist shot for the winning goal.

It was a superb effort from the Detroit Red Wings forward, who gave his team a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Talk about puck possession. He circled the net, protecting the puck while getting hacked and whacked and pushed around. Then came the shot, which beat Craig Anderson, who was dealing with traffic to his right.

Goalie nods: Lightning get Ben Bishop back

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Ben Bishop returns

Bishop has missed four straight games with a lower-body injury, but he’s projected to be available for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Although 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy did a great job in his absence, the Lightning will rely on solid goaltending from Bishop to lead them forward.

The Hurricanes will counter with Cam Ward, whose comeback campaign has been one of the lone bright spots in Carolina’s otherwise abysmal season. He has a 2.44 GAA and .911 save percentage in 23 starts and has only allowed three or more goals in one of his last five games.

With a 10-20-4 record, Carolina is the second-worst team in the NHL while Tampa Bay is locked with Montreal and Detroit in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Division.


Isles at Sabres: Kevin Poulin vs. Jhonas Enroth

Red Wings at Senators: Jimmy Howard vs. Craig Anderson

Devils at Rangers: Cory Schneider vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Bruins at Blue Jackets: Niklas Svedberg is probable; Columbus will go with Curtis McElhinney because Sergei Bobrovsky is sick.

Jets at Wild: Michael Hutchinson vs. Darcy Kuemper

Capitals at Penguins: Braden Holtby’s in for Washington while Marc-Andre Fleury will probably start for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Blues: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jake Allen

Flyers at Preds: Ray Emery for Philadelphia, but there’s no word on Nashville’s goaltender.

Ducks at Coyotes: It’s not clear who will start for Anaheim, but Devan Dubnyk will get the nod for Arizona.

Hawks at Avs: Chicago hasn’t named its starter, but Calvin Pickard is projected to get the nod for Colorado.

Oilers at Flames: While there’s no word from the Oilers, Calgary will go with Jonas Hiller.

Sharks at Kings: Antti Niemi will start for San Jose; Jonathan Quick is probable for Los Angeles.

Eichel named Team USA captain for World Juniors

USA Hockey Juniors v Boston

One day after Canada named Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar its captain for the World Junior Championships, the Americans announced Jack Eichel would wear the “C” for the upcoming tournament.

Eichel, the standout Boston University freshman that’s pegged as a top-two pick in next year’s NHL Entry Draft, heads a leadership group that also includes Blackhawks draftee John Hayden (74th overall, ’13) and defenseman Will Butcher, Colorado’s fifth-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

That Eichel got the “C” shouldn’t come as a big surprise. He’s a hugely talented forward that’s taken the collegiate hockey landscape by storm this season, leading the country in scoring (27 points in 16 games) while impressing several onlookers — including American hockey legend Mike Eruzione.

From the Calgary Sun:

In his post as director of special outreach at Boston University, Eruzione was well aware of what was transpiring when Eichel announced his intentions to go to the school. And just to make sure, during Eruzione’s many speaking engagements across the country, fans would remind him of just what a talent the school was getting.

Said Eruzione: “It’s funny. All year during my travels people would say ‘You have Eichel, you’ve got Eichel coming in.’ I’d say: ‘I’m sure the kid’s a good player.’”

“You always hear about these guys coming up and how great they are. Then you go to the first two or three practices and it’s like ‘Whoa, this kid is pretty good.’

“It’s great to see. He’s a great player and seems a good kid, a well grounded kid. That’s important.”

This year’s World Junior tournament will take place in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Team USA opens its campaign against Finland at the Bell Centre on Friday.

Goalie nods: Rinne vs. Bobrovsky is your matchup of the night

Nashville Predators v Colorado Avalanche

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Bob vs. Peks

Scintillating goalie battle tonight in Columbus as Sergei Bobrovsky takes on Pekka Rinne.

Rinne, who’s returned to form this season after battling with a hip injury all of last year, has won four of his last five with a 1.77 GAA, .941 save percentage and one shutout. He’s been great all season long and is an early Vezina candidate, if not the leader.

Not to be outdone, Bobrovsky is putting forth an effort that should have him in the conversation for December’s first star of the month. The Russian ‘tender is 8-0-1 this month with a 2.01 GAA and .940 save percentage, one of the big reasons the Jackets have rallied from their awful start to the season to climb within seven points of Washington for the final playoff spot in the East.


Sens at Caps: Craig Anderson vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Panthers: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Roberto Luongo

Coyotes at Canucks: Mike Smith vs. Ryan Miller

Sharks at Ducks: Antti Niemi vs. Frederik Andersen

Flames at Kings: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.