Flyers’ Giroux returns vs. Sens

Claude Giroux is in the lineup tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers’ captain missed Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Devils after suffering a skate cut on his left leg Friday night in Carolina.

According to’s Adam Kimelman, Giroux is expected to play on a line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Zac Rindaldo is a healthy scratch.

Giroux has 13 goals and 43 points in 38 games this season.

Goalie nods: Lack to face Isles for first time since The Meltdown


All the latest from the crease…

Eddie gets his shot at revenge

Remember the last time the Canucks faced the Islanders? If you don’t, a quick refresher:

Seven goals by seven different Islanders in the third period, erasing a 3-0 Vancouver lead while setting the following marks:

• Tied an NHL record for goals in a road period
• Set a club record for goals in a road period
• Tied a club record for goals in a period (7 vs NYR on 12/23/78)
• Tied a Canucks record for goals allowed in a period
• Set a club record for points in a road period, with 19 points in the 3rd
• Tied a club record for power play goals in a period, with three in the 3rd

On the hook for six of those seven goals? Canucks netminder Eddie Lack, who finished with just 21 saves on 27 shots.

“The guys played well enough in front of me,” Lack said, per the Vancouver Sun. “I think I have to make two or three saves there and I take responsibility for this loss.”

Tonight, the Isles are back in Vancouver and Lack will get the start, his first since Dec. 17. It promises to be a very interesting affair; Lack’s been tremendous over his last five appearances (eight goals on 134 shots, a .940 save percentage) but the Isles are coming in off a disappointing loss in Edmonton, and probably remember last year’s game quite well.

It’s also worth noting that, with Lack getting the start tonight, it’ll likely be Ryan Miller in goal for the Canucks tomorrow when the Florida Panthers are in town — which is projected to be Roberto Luongo’s first game back in Vancouver since last year’s trade.

No word yet on who the Isles will start in goal tonight.


Sabres at Devils: Jhonas Enroth vs. Cory Schneider

Sens at Flyers: Craig Anderson vs. Steve Mason

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

‘Canes at Preds: Cam Ward for Carolina, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Sharks at Wild: Darcy Kuemper for Minnesota, no word yet on a San Jose starter.

Blue Jackets at Stars: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas.

Avs at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Blues at Coyotes: Brian Elliott vs. Mike Smith

Wings at Oilers: Jimmy Howard vs. Viktor Fasth

Video: Stamkos scores video game-style wraparound goal


Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos scored a goal that would probably have people resetting their video games if it happened to them in “NHL 15.”

His 21st goal of 2014-15 was quite the ludicrous wraparound effort, as you can see him befuddle Robin Lehner and the Ottawa Senators’ defense below:

That’s basically unfair.

Goalie nods: Oilers hope Scrivens can maintain post-break high

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All the latest from the crease…

Oilers stick with streaking Scrivens

Almost nothing has gone right for the Edmonton Oilers this season and that includes their goaltending. Lost amid the Oilers’ seemingly never-ending struggles though is the fact that lately, Ben Scrivens has been doing a great job between the pipes. He’ll enter tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with a 1.99 GAA and .931 save percentage in four games since the holiday break.

His efforts played a key role in the Oilers earning a rare win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and he’s also helped Edmonton secure at least a point in three straight contests.

It’s not known who the Islanders will counter with, although Jaroslav Halak is a good bet.


Panthers at Capitals: Roberto Luongo will start for Florida, but Washington didn’t tip its hand ahead of the 3:00 p.m. ET start.

Lightning at Senators: Ben Bishop vs. Robin Lehner

Stars at Hawks: No word on who Dallas will start, but Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago.

Blue Jackets at Avalanche: Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov are the probable goaltenders, but neither has been confirmed.

Predators at Ducks: Similarly, we’ll likely see Pekka Rinne and Frederik Andersen play tonight, but that’s based on speculation rather than any indication from Nashville or Anaheim.

Frustrated Rask thinks Boston faces ‘biggest mountain we’ve had to climb’


Maybe it’s losing in overtime thanks to Bobby Ryan’s odd game-winner. Perhaps it’s the added frustration of settling for “charity” points in the last two games. Most likely, it could be the unfamiliar sensation of being just OK, as the Boston Bruins are merely 19-15-5 to start the season.

Either way, it seems like Tuukka Rask was very frustrated following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Next Impulse’s Pete Blackburn shared this moment of frustration from Rask:

Apparently the 27-year-old had other, choicer words to other sources.

Cam Neely clearly wasn’t pleased after that OT defeat, either.

That said, Rask at least tried to put on a brave face after venting, as’s Joe Haggerty reports.

“I feel like this is the biggest mountain we’ve had to climb, but we’re not going to give up the fight,” Rask said.