Goalie nods: Price returns from injury to face Preds

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Carey’s back for Habs

After missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an upper-body injury, Carey Price will return to the Montreal net tonight when the Habs host the Preds at the Bell Centre.

Price, who’s having a Vezina- and Hart Trophy-caliber season, is 23-10-2 on the year with a .927 save percentage and 2.19 GAA. He’s headed to his fourth All-Star Game in Columbus on the weekend and is easily the biggest reason why Montreal comes into tonight’s game sitting third in the Atlantic Division, just three points back of Tampa Bay for top spot.

For the Preds, Carter Hutton will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Sens at Rangers: Craig Anderson vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Oilers at Caps: Viktor Fasth vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Flyers: Thomas Greiss vs. Ray Emery

Wild at Wings: Devan Dubnyk vs. Petr Mrazek

Canucks at Bolts: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver.

Coyotes at Blackhawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta

Bruins at Stars: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sens looking to move Colin Greening

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Colin Greening is expected to be a healthy scratch for a fifth straight game tonight when the Ottawa Senators visit the New York Rangers.

Greening has not played since a 5-2 Ottawa loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 8 and has been a healthy scratch 21 times this season entering tonight’s game.

With Chris Neil returning after missing 16 games with a knee injury, Sens’ GM Bryan Murray doesn’t see Greening getting into the lineup anytime soon.

As a result, Murray is working the phones looking for a new home for Greening.

“I just basically told him that I had talked with a number of GMs. I tried to encourage them to give him an opportunity through a trade or whatever vehicle it may be. At this point, there’s nothing for him,” Murray told TSN 1200 in Ottawa on Monday. “I just told him eventually here, if we don’t get something done, he’s got to play hockey. You can’t play hockey as the 23rd, 24th guy on the roster here so I may have to put him on waivers here at some point in time.”

Greening has one goal and minus-3 rating to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 20 games this season.

The 28-year-old is in the second year of a three-year $7.95 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.

Greening has not played in the American Hockey League since appearing in 59 games with the Binghamton Senators during the 2010-11 season.

“He happens to be the guy not in the lineup and is not going to be, it looks like, in the next few games at least,” said Murray. “He’s a young guy with a chance to play can contribute to a team in the National Hockey League. He’s a big guy, he skates pretty well. He just doesn’t fit right now with our group at this moment anyway. Two injuries from now, he could be the most important guy going.”

Murray cited the play of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has a goal and two assists in 14 games this season, and the emergence of rookie Curtis Lazar as reasons Greening has struggled to find playing time this season.

Murray has spoken to Greening’s agent about finding a trade for the forward, but if a deal can’t be found, Greening is expected to be placed on waivers following the all star break.

Report: Todd Bertuzzi suffered a knee injury in AHL game

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Todd Bertuzzi’s attempt at a comeback may have taken a blow.

According to TSN Radio’s Ian Mendes, Bertuzzi suffered a knee injury in Binghamton’s 5-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old was a minus-3 in the loss to the Phantoms and has failed to register a point in two AHL games with the Ottawa Senators’ affiliate.

Bertuzzi signed a professional tryout with Binghamton on Jan. 12.

In 1,159 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames Bertuzzi has 314 goals and 770 points.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk to face former team as Wild host Coyotes

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Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team

After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.

Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.

Elsewhere…

Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask

Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott

Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo

Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop

Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek

Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson

Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski

Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth

Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick

Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi

Welcome Craig Anderson to the trade rumor mill

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Craig Anderson’s been one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for Ottawa.

Perhaps a little too bright.

Boasting a .929 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA — impressive, given the Sens are 19th in goals against (2.67) and allow the fifth-most shots (32.5) per game — Anderson has become a hot topic in the Canadian capital and, this week, both the Ottawa Sun and Citizen ran stories on trade talks.

“The ball is in their court,” Anderson said, per the Sun. “All I can do is go play. If something fits their needs, where I don’t belong in their plans, then so be it, but I don’t even want to talk about it like that because there’s no been no speculation of that at all.

“All I can do is go out and play and try to help this team win.”

It’s easy to see why Anderson’s considered movable. The Sens head into Friday’s action eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and, given their internal budget restraints, could be a seller come deadline day. Anderson, meanwhile, doesn’t have a no-trade clause and his three-year contract carries a relatively friendly cap hit ($3.19M); what’s more, the 33-year-old has proven to be a quality postseason netminder. Anderson was phenomenal in the opening round of his last playoff appearance (in 2013), allowing just nine goals on 180 shots — good for a .950 save percentage — in a five-game victory over Montreal.

There are other factors to consider as well. Robin Lehner, 23, is the Sens’ goalie of the future and locked in through 2017; there are also a few teams rumored to be looking at acquiring goaltending help (the Sun points to possible landing spots in Edmonton, St. Louis and Minnesota — yes, even following the Devan Dubnyk trade.)

There’s also the potential for injury. Nashville and Detroit have both recently lost No. 1 netminders Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard, so something else could easily pop up prior to the March trade deadline.

Just ask Anderson.

“There’s two things guaranteed in hockey: Change and injuries,” he explained. “We’ve had our fair share of injuries. When you don’t win, lots of changes happen. When you win, some changes happen.

“It’s kind of what we’re used to.”