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Goalie nods: Sharks to start Niemi, looking to hire emergency backup

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San Jose needs a No. 2

The San Jose Sharks are in a dilly of a pickle (insert Marc-Edouard Vlasic joke here) — they don’t have a backup for Antti Niemi tonight against Calgary.

The current No. 2, Troy Grosenick, was injured during today’s skate and the guy Grosenick replaced on the active roster, Alex Stalock, is out with an injury of his own. That’s left San Jose scrambling for an emergency ‘tender in time for the 10 p.m. ET puck drop… so if you’re in the Bay Area and ever had aspirations of dressing for a NHL game, well, it’s your move.

Oh yeah, Karri Ramo will get the start in goal for Calgary.

Elsewhere…

Jets at Sabres: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jhonas Enroth

Caps at Isles: Braden Holtby vs. Jaroslav Halak

Flyers at Wings: Steve Mason vs. Jimmy Howard

Rangers at Bolts: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay.

‘Canes at Panthers: Cam Ward vs. Roberto Luongo

Leafs at Pens: Jonathan Bernier vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Kings at Wild: Jonathan Quick likely for L.A., Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota.

‘Hawks at Avs: Corey Crawford vs. Calvin Pickard

Goalie nods: Luongo starts again after facing 50 shots vs. Preds

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Florida sticks with Luongo

No rest for the weary.

That’s the story for the Panthers tonight when they host the Wild at Sunrise, as Roberto Luongo will start for the fourth straight game, just 48 hours after his busiest game of the season.

On Saturday, Luongo faced a whopping 50 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss in Nashville. It marked the first time Luongo faced 50 or more shots this season; the last time saw a similar workload was in March of last season, when he stopped 52 of 54 shots in a 3-2 win over San Jose.

Overall, the 35-year-old veteran has been tremendous for Florida this season and is arguably the club’s MVP. He’s 6-4-5 with a 2.36 GAA and .926 save percentage, with one shutout.

For the Wild, Niklas Backstrom will start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Pens at Bruins: Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Flyers at Isles: Steve Mason vs. Jaroslav Halak

Sens at Wings: Craig Anderson vs. Jimmy Howard

Goalie nods: Clemmensen’s first Devils start since 2009

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A long time coming

A fun nugget from the New Jersey Devils PR staff: this is Scott Clemmensen’s first start with the team since Feb. 21, 2009.

If you want to make an easy joke about Cory Schneider playing a team-record 20 straight games, that stat’s a great place to start. Of course, the truth is that Clemmensen left New Jersey to be a backup with the Florida Panthers before signing with the team once again this past summer. On the rare evenings that the Devils have rested Schneider, they’ve tried to groom Keith Kinkaid as a future backup with some NHL reps.

The 37-year-old actually has made two appearances so far in relief duty for the Devils, however, and it’s probably unfair to beat him up too much for his numbers (four goals allowed on 17 shots in about 37 minutes of game time over two evenings).

On the bright side, Clemmensen at least offers something Kinkaid doesn’t: experience. He may have a tired New Jersey bunch in front of him, as they beat the Edmonton Oilers last night.

Clemmensen faces Karri Ramo and the Calgary Flames tonight.

Elsewhere …

Blues at Senators: Brian Elliott vs. Robin Lehner

Canadiens at Bruins: Carey Price vs. (likely) Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Maple Leafs: Jimmy Howard vs. Jonathan Bernier

Wild at Lightning: Darcy Kuemper vs. Ben Bishop

Penguins at Islanders: Thomas Greiss vs. Jaroslav Halak

Blue Jackets at Flyers: Nothing set yet, but probably Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Steve Mason

Sabres at Capitals: Jhonas Enroth vs. Braden Holtby

Panthers at Predators: Not confirmed, but lean toward Roberto Luongo vs. Pekka Rinne

Kings at Stars: Probably Jonathan Quick, almost definitely Kari Lehtonen

Hurricanes at Avalanche: Cam Ward (likely) vs. Reto Berra

Blackhawks at Oilers: Antti Raanta vs. Ben Scrivens

Coyotes at Sharks: Not certain, but expect Devan Dubnyk vs. Antti Niemi

Goalie nods: Fleury looks for win No. 300

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Big night for Fleury

In the midst of a banner campaign, Marc-Andre Fleury will look to set a personal milestone tonight when the Pens host the Isles at Consol.

Fleury is going for career win No. 300, aiming to become just the 30th goalie in NHL history to hit that mark. He’d also become just the fifth active goalie with 300 wins or more, joining Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo.

As mentioned above, the potentially record-setting start comes in a year where Fleury has played very well. He’s 11-3-0 on the season, with a .930 save percentage and 1.98 GAA, which includes a league-leading four shutouts.

For the Isles, Chad Johnson will get the start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Bruins at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Niklas Svedberg likely for Boston.

Devils at Oilers: Cory Schneider vs. Viktor Fasth (read more about Schneider breaking Martin Brodeur’s club-record starts streak here)

Video: Luongo denies Marleau on a penalty shot

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With the Sharks trailing 2-1 to the Panthers, and less than seven minutes remaining in the third, Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau was awarded a penalty shot.

However, Marleau could not solve his former Olympic teammate, Roberto Luongo.