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Goalie nods: Greiss starts for Pens, which has nothing to do with Fleury getting lit up at the All-Star Game

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Extinguishing fire before it starts

Thomas Greiss will be in goal for Pittsburgh tonight when the Pens host the Jets at Consol for their first game out of the All-Stark break.

In a related move, let’s throw cold water on a potential goaltending controversy.

Fleury is slated to start tomorrow in Washington on Rivalry Night (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET), so Greiss gets the first — and, theoretically, less “important” — start of a back-to-back. It also gives Fleury an additional day off following a rough time in Columbus.

Fleury, as you may recall, struggled during the All-Star Game, allowing seven goals on 16 shots in the second period for a .562 save percentage. He was the recipient of a Bronx Cheer from the Nationwide faithful, and visibly displeased about how things went.

Here’s more, from Brough’s piece following the game:

Did it bother him?

“A little bit. I was getting a little mad,” he admitted. “You want to have some fun, but when you’re a goalie it’s frustrating when it goes in, right? I laughed for a few, and a few…”

He didn’t laugh.

That being said, Fleury wasn’t all that upset when the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, started giving him the gears.

“It’s a good thing, because (it means) we beat them in the playoffs last year,” he said.

And when asked what he remembered, specifically, about the Columbus crowd in those playoffs?

“I remember them being quiet in the end when we won,” he cracked.

For Winnipeg, Ondrej Pavelec gets the start in goal.


Rangers at Isles: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jaroslav Halak

Coyotes at Flyers: Ray Emery for Philly, no word yet on an Arizona starter.

Caps at Blue Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Curtis McElhinney

Red Wings at Panthers: Petr Mrazek vs. Roberto Luongo

Stars at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Bolts at ‘Canes: Ben Bishop vs. Anton Khudobin

Avs at Preds: Carter Hutton likely for Nashville, no word yet on a Colorado starter.

Sabres at Flames: Jhonas Enorth vs. Jonas Hiller

Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk vs. Viktor Fasth

Ducks at Canucks: No word yet from either team.

PHT Morning Skate: Death of Corsi? (The stat, that is)

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins - Game Five

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Does the advent of tracking technology call for the decline of advanced stats such as Corsi? The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell argues as much. (The Hockey News)

Ryan Getzlaf is putting together an MVP-like season for the Anaheim Ducks. (OC Register)

The Chicago Blackhawks seem to be embracing life as one of the NHL’s model franchises. Believe it or not, there was a time when such a thought seemed almost unfathomable. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Tuesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

“The All-Star Game isn’t just about you, Canada,” – writes Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. (Sportsnet)

Roberto Luongo did some live-tweeting of the 2015 All-Star Game. Here are a few highlights:

Video: Vrbata opens scoring in All-Star Game debut


Didn’t take long for Team Foligno to get on the board at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

Vancouver forward Radim Vrbata struck early for the “home” team, taking a nice Ryan Nugent-Hopkins outlet pass and snapping home past Roberto Luongo on a breakaway just 3:09 into the contest:

Though one of the less-heralded stars at this weekend’s event, Vrbata is an interesting story. At 33, he’s playing in his first-ever All-Star Game, thanks in large part to the 18 goals he’s scored playing alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin in his inaugural season as a Canuck.