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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 9 - Finland v Canada

Goalie nods: Canadian Olympians square off as Price faces Luongo in Montreal

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A couple of Olympic gold-medal winners will be between the pipes tonight in Montreal, where the Canadiens’ Carey Price will be staring down the Bell Centre ice at the Panthers’ Roberto Luongo.

Both Canadian netminders are enjoying excellent seasons. Price is a serious Hart Trophy candidate, while Luongo has helped keep Florida in the playoff race with a .920 save percentage in 46 appearances.

With a win, the Panthers would move to within one point of the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the East.

So let’s hear those “Go Habs Go” chants, Boston sports fans!


Jaroslav Halak will look to rebound from a shaky performance versus the Rangers when the Islanders host the Predators, who are likely to go with Pekka Rinne.

Cam Talbot for the Rangers versus Ryan Miller for the Canucks.

Curtis McElhinney for the Blue Jackets versus Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

Ondrej Pavelec will see his first action in a week when the Jets visit Washington to take on Braden Holtby and the Capitals.

Michal Neuvirth for the Sabres versus Ray Emery for the Flyers.

Antti Niemi for the Sharks versus Kari Lehtonen (likely) for the Stars.

Goalie nods: It has to be Johnson for the Isles… right? (Update: Yep)

New York Islanders v Detroit Red Wings

All the latest from the crease…

Who goes for New York?

The Islanders won’t announce their starting goalie until 5 p.m. ET today, so we don’t know if it’s Chad Johnson or Jaroslav Halak in net for tonight’s affair against Carolina.

Update: It’s Johnson.

One would suspect Johnson gets the nod, given tonight is the second of a back-to-back; Halak played last night, and allowed six goals on 42 shots in an emotional loss to the Rangers.

That said, head coach Jack Capuano could possibly be persuaded to let Halak try and bounce back; the 29-year-old Slovak looked rattled and a bit shaky as the Blueshirts made a concerted effort to get into his kitchen.

Related: The Isles are surrendering too many goals

“I want to get shots,” captain Ryan McDonagh said, per Newsday. “We wanted to make it more difficult on Halak tonight than in other past games. He’s been a big difference in why we haven’t been able to beat them in the past.

“We talked about getting in front of the net and making it tough on him, make him fight through screens. We were a lot hungrier in front of him for sure.”

No word yet on who’ll start in goal for the ‘Canes.


Blue Jackets at Flyers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Ray Emery

Caps at Pens: Braden Holtby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sabres at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Michal Neuvirth likely for Buffalo.

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Blues: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Preds: Alex Stalock for San Jose, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Flyers summon Zepp, return Stolarz to AHL

Rob Zepp

When the Flyers lost goaltender Steve Mason due to a knee injury, they weren’t able to turn to Rob Zepp as he was sidelined due to an ailment sustained while in the minors. Now that Zepp is healthy, Philadelphia announced that the 33-year-old goaltender has been recalled.

Philadelphia has also returned 21-year-old goaltender Anthony Stolarz to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Stolarz didn’t make his NHL debut during his stint with the team. Flyers GM Ron Hextall admitted when Mason was injured that Stolarz probably wasn’t ready to play in the NHL yet, but he was the only healthy goaltender the Flyers had under contract in the minors.

Ray Emery has picked up the slack under those circumstances, posting a 2.24 GAA and .922 save percentage in four games since Mason left the ice on Feb. 8. Zepp has a 2.92 GAA and .889 save percentage in six contests with Philadelphia in 2014-15.

Given that Philadelphia is set to play in five games over eight days starting on Tuesday, it’s likely that the Flyers will need to utilize both goaltenders. Mason might be able to return towards the end of this month.

Flyers edge Sabres, stretch streak to nine

Philadelphia Flyers v Buffalo Sabres

Michael Raffl had the game winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Sunday night.

With the win Philly now has points in nine straight (6-0-3). Buffalo has just one win in its last five after snapping a franchise-worst 14-game losing streak on Feb. 3.

Philadelphia moves to within five points of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Matt Read opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 3:19 of the first period.

Nikita Zadorov tied it 1-1, on a Buffalo power play, at 13:57 of the second period.

Zach Bogosian made his Sabres debut Sunday. He finished with a Buffalo season-high 11 hits, two blocked shots and a team-leading 24:49 of ice time in the loss.

Ray Emery made 21 saves improving to 10-9-3 on the season.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 28 shots in the loss.

Goalie nods: Flyers lean on Emery, Neuvirth gets a shot

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

News and notes from around the crease …

No shame about Ray

The Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t have felt great about their slim playoff hopes when Steve Mason went down with his knee injury. For better or worse, it’s on Ray Emery, and Sunday is the kind of game he has to win.

Since taking over for Mason in February, Emery’s gone 1-0-2. The 30-year-old’s overall numbers aren’t much to brag about (9-9-3 with a .890 save percentage), but this stretch will probably make a big impact on how the league views the pugnacious puck-stopper going forward.

On the Buffalo side, Michal Neuvirth gets a chance to stretch his legs in the Sabres’ net with Jhonas Enroth shipped off to Dallas.

The situations are quite different, yet both netminders have plenty to prove today.

Elsewhere …

Blues at Panthers: Brian Elliott vs. Roberto Luongo

Lightning at Sharks: Expected starters are Ben Bishop against Antti Niemi

Capitals at Ducks: Expected starters are Justin Peters vs. John Gibson