Goalie nods: Rynnas starts for Stars, who are looking for answers in net


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Stars turn to Rynnas

Jussi Rynnas will make his Dallas debut tonight — and play in the NHL for the first time since Feb. 2013 — when the Stars take on the Wings in Detroit.

The Finnish netminder, who first broke in with Toronto but came back to North America this year after a stint in the SM-liiga, had previously spent all of this season with Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas. But with Anders Lindback (who cleared waivers today, and is headed to the minors) and Kari Lehtonen struggling, Stars brass opted to give Rynnas a shot.

Rynnas has fared reasonably well at the AHL level this season, going 5-1-4 with a .913 save percentage and 2.58 GAA.

For Detroit, Jimmy Howard gets the call in goal.


Canucks at Pens: Eddie Lack vs. Thomas Greiss

Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

Jackets at Panthers: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Roberto Luongo

Isles at Sens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Craig Anderson

Devils at Leafs: Cory Schneider vs. Jonathan Bernier

Blues at Preds: Martin Brodeur vs. Pekka Rinne

Avs at Flames: Semyon Varlamov vs. Karri Ramo

Kings at Coyotes: Mike Smith for Arizona, Martin Jones likely for L.A.

Bruins at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose, no word yet on a Boston starter.

Jooris’ hat trick leads Flames past Coyotes


Flames’ rookie Josh Jooris scored his first career hat trick to lead Calgary over Arizona 5-2 Tuesday night.

David Jones and Sean Monahan had the other goals for the Flames, who have now won three straight and four of five.

Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler, Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross each had two helpers in the win.

With the win Calgary remains perfect against Arizona having beaten the Coyotes three times in the past 19 days.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Sam Gagner had the Coyotes goals. Arizona has now lost four of five.

Jooris, who scored his sixth, seventh and eighth goals of the season, joined some exclusive company.

Goalie nods: Luongo good to go, Crawford shelved


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Luongo’s likely back

Roberto Luongo looks to be the starter Florida tonight — his first start since getting hurt against Carolina last Wednesday — when the Panthers take on Detroit at the Joe.

Al Montoya played the last two games in relief — including Monday’s 2-1 loss to Columbus — but will cede to the veteran Luongo this evening; Bobby Lu is having himself a pretty solid season for the Cats, going 7-5-5 with a 2.33 GAA and .927 save percentage.

For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard will get the call in goal.

Crawford sidelined by injury

Not a nod for tonight, but some goalie-related news to pass along — on Tuesday, the ‘Hawks announced that Corey Crawford will be out for Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game against the Blues with a lower-body ailment.

“He’s being evaluated right now, so we’ll know more [Wednesday,]” head coach Joel Quenneville said after the team’s practice, per ESPN Chicago.

The development means little-used backup Antti Raanta will make his first start for Chicago since Oct. 25. Raanta is 1-2-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season, and did get a mid-November game while on assignment with AHL Rockford.


Sens at Isles: Craig Anderson vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Penguins: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Canucks at Caps: Ryan Miller vs. Braden Holtby

Preds at ‘Canes: Pekka Rinne vs. Cam Ward

Stars at Leafs: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jonathan Bernier

Bolts at Sabres: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jhonas Enroth

Coyotes at Flames: Karri Ramo vs. Mike Smith.

Flyers at Sharks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Niemi

Bruins at Kings: Jonathan Quick likely for L.A., no word yet on a Boston starter.

Video: Coyotes’ Rieder scores two shorthanded goals in 58 seconds


Arizona Coyotes’ forward Tobias Rieder helped erase an early 1-0 Oilers lead scoring twice, shorthanded, in a 58-second span Monday night.

With Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan off for roughing, Rieder, originally an Edmonton Oilers draft pick (114th overall in 2011), doubled his goal totals for the season.

Rieder’s two goals were impressive, but came well shy of the NHL record for fastest consecutive shorthanded goals by one player.

He did however set a record for fastest shorthanded goals scored by a rookie.

Rieder was traded by the Oilers to the Coyotes before ever playing a game for Edmonton.

In March 2013 the Oilers sent Rieder to the Coyotes for Kale Kessy.

Kessey, the Coyotes fourth-round pick in 2011 (111th overall), has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Rieder now has four goals and seven points in 15 games this season.

Video: Coyotes’ Murphy suffers upper body injury

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The Arizona Coyotes are playing much of tonight’s game in Edmonton with just five defensemen after Connor Murphy was sidelined early in the first period.

Murphy took a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Oilers’ forward Tyler Pitlick and immediately went to the Arizona bench in some discomfort.

Another look:

The team is calling it an upper body injury for the 21-year-old blue liner.

Murphy has two goals and four points in 24 games while averaging 16:43 in ice time.