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Goalie nods: Fleury looks for win No. 300

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All the latest from the blue paint…

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.


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


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.

Goalie nods: Sharks go back to Grosenick


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Grosenick gets second straight start

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s what the San Jose Sharks are thinking for tonight’s game in Buffalo, as they’ll start rookie netminder Troy Grosenick for the second straight game, following a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut against Carolina on Sunday.

Grosenick, an undrafted free agent, is up with the Sharks because of an injury to Alex Stalock. the 25-year-old was nothing short of brilliant against the ‘Canes over the weekend, which led to an emotional response from his father, who was in attendance for the shutout.

For Buffalo, Michal Neuvirth will get the nod.


Blues at Bruins: Brian Elliott vs. Tuukka Rask

Bolts at Isles: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jaroslav Halak

Wings at Jackets: Jimmy Howard vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Pens at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Preds at Leafs: Jonathan Bernier for Toronto, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Devils at Jets: Cory Schneider vs. Michael Hutchinson

‘Canes at Stars: Cam Ward vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on an Anaheim starter.

Caps at Coyotes: Braden Holtby vs. Mike Smith

Panthers at Kings: Roberto Luongo for Florida, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.



Goalie nods: Grosenick debuts for San Jose

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Troy Grosenick makes his debut?

It looks like the San Jose Sharks will allow Troy Grosenick to make his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes today, according to’s Kevin Kurz by way of Sharks play-by-play guy Dan Rusanowsky.

Such an occurrence may prompt some to respond, “Who?” Here are some tidbits about Grosenick, the goalie featured in this post’s main image.

So … not much to go by there. Assuming that report is correct, Grosenick will give us all more to work with as he plays his first game against Anton Khudobin and the Hurricanes.

Elsewhere …

Jets at Wild: Ondrej Pavelec could take both back-to-back games for Winnipeg while Minnesota is expected to roll with Niklas Backstrom.

Canadiens at Red Wings: Dustin Tokarski vs. Jimmy Howard.

Stars at Blackhawks: Kari Lehtonen may play again for Dallas; Corey Crawford seems pretty certain for Chicago.

Panthers at Ducks: At the moment, it looks like Roberto Luongo vs. Frederik Andersen.

Coyotes at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk looks likely for Arizona; Ben Scrivens gets the green light for Edmonton.

Panthers rally late, but Isles win fifth straight in SO

The Florida Panthers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period to secure a point, but the New York Islanders ultimately earned a 4-3 shootout victory to extend their winning streak to five games.

Florida selected Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and so far he’s been great for an 18-year-old defenseman. He’s eating big minutes and has started to contribute offensively. His second goal of the season sent this contest to overtime:

Ekblad has an impressive seven points in six contests since the start of November and he’s on a three-game point streak. Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell contributed the Panthers’ other two markers.

Roberto Luongo turned aside 31 of 34 shots in regulation time to climb to fifth place in the all-time saves list. Ed Belfour is next on the list with 22,434 to Luongo’s 22,183.

The Panthers netminder couldn’t provide his team with the extra point in the shootout though as Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen each beat him in the skills competition.