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Goalie Nods: Crawford, Blackhawks look to remain perfect vs. Wild

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Crawford and Wild meet again

Corey Crawford made 42 saves as the Blackhawks doubled up the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. He is now 14-5-2, including postseason, in his last 21 games against Minnesota to go along with a 1.94 goals-against average. Crawford is now 4-3-1 with a 2.98 G.A.A. in eight games since returning from a lower body injury. He was 12-5-1 with a 1.87 G.A.A. prior to being sidelined.

Niklas Backstrom will get the start for the Wild. He is 0-2-0 with a 3.56 G.A.A. and a .877 save percentage in the first two games of the season series. Backstrom is 2-9-1 with a 3.59 G.A.A. in his last 12 starts versus Chicago.

Other probable starters…

Panthers at Oilers: Roberto Luongo (confirmed) vs. Ben Scrivens

Jets at Ducks: Michael Hutchinson vs. Frederik Andersen

So, who was the biggest All-Star snub?

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The remainder of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced on Saturday.

While some “snubs” are probably quite happy about getting a break (especially Joe Thornton, who’s taking a nice trip to Cabo), you can bet plenty of fan bases will gripe about players who didn’t make it, even if they might not realize that all 30 NHL teams must be represented in some form.

Well, if you’re going to gripe about it, why not do it in the comfy confines of PHT? Before you vote for the biggest snub of them all, however, let’s take a look at who’s on the roster:

Fan voted: Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Forwards: 
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen: 
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goalies: 
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rookies: 
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

OK, did you get a chance to scan the list? Good. Pick the biggest nub in the poll below. If your guy was double-snubbed (gasp), then write him in.

Crosby, Ovechkin headline 2015 All-Star Game roster

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We already know that Zemgus Girgensons was voted into the 2015 All-Star Game alongside Chicago Blackhawks players Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. The NHL trotted out the rest of the best today:

36 Additional All-Stars

Forwards
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goaltenders
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

6 Rookies

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

The “fantasy draft” will take place on Jan. 23, with the captains for each team being announced sometime next week.

Goalie nods: Kinkaid, Montoya give starters a break

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Kinkaid gets second start in five games

The New Jersey Devils will lighten Cory Schneider’s load a bit, as rookie netminder Keith Kinkaid gets another start this evening at home against the Isles.

Schneider, who played nearly every game through the first two months of the season, faced 42 shots last night in a 3-0 loss to Boston, hence Kinkaid’s start tonight. But there is reason to suggest Kinkaid also got this assignment on merit; he’s been pretty good this season, posting a 2.01 GAA and .928 save percentage while earning at least a point in three of his last five starts.

For the Islanders, Jaroslav Halak will be in goal.

Al faces Flames

After last night’s emotional win in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo will be given the night off and Al Montoya will face Calgary at the Saddledome.

Montoya, in his first year with the Panthers, last played on Sunday in relief of Luongo during a 4-3 loss to the Capitals (Luongo exited the game after getting bowled over by Alex Ovechkin.) Montoya’s last start, though, came in a loss to the Rangers in which he allowed five goals on 34 shots.

The 29-year-old is 2-4-2 for Florida this season, with a 2.61 GAA and .904 save percentage.

For the Flames, Jonas Hiller will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Jackets at Leafs: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jonathan Bernier

Sabres at Bolts: Michal Neuvirth vs. Ben Bishop

‘Hawks at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton, no word yet on a Chicago starter.

Luongo, Huberdeau lead Panthers over Canucks

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Roberto Luongo made 32 saves and Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist as the Florida Panthers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 Thursday night.

With the win, Luongo has now beaten all 30 teams in the league.

The 35-year-old, who spent eight seasons in Vancouver, was honored with a video tribute during the first period.

Huberdeau tied the game 1-1 with his fifth of the season at 9:33 of the first. Then after Aleksander Barkov had given the Panthers a 2-1 lead, Huberdeau netted the insurance marker at 16:43 of the second.

Daniel Sedin was the lone Canuck to beat his former teammate. Ryan Miller made 27 saves in the loss.

Florida has now won two of three on its’ six-game road trip, which continues Friday in Calgary.