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Goalie nods: Gustavsson gets his second start

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Gustavsson gets the net for Detroit

Jonas Gustavsson will make his second straight Saturday start of the season after blanking the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 last weekend. The Red Wings are in Philadelphia looking for their first win since Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup final. Gustavsson made 30 saves in his only other start of the season.

Ray Emery goes for the Flyers. Emery made 22 saves as the Flyers defeated the Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night. He carries a 2.84 GAA and a .897 save percentage into his fourth appearance of the season.


Sabres at Sharks: Jhonas Enroth vs. Alex Stalock

Stars at Islanders: Anders Lindback vs. Chad Johnson

Devils at Senators: (Update) Cory Schneider vs. Robin Lehner

Rangers at Canadiens: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Maple Leafs: Tuukka Rask vs. Jonathan Bernier

Blackhawks at Blues: Antti Raanta vs. Brian Elliott

Penguins at Predators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne

Lightning at Wild: Evgeni Nabakov vs. Darcy Kuemper

Panthers at Coyotes: Roberto Luongo vs. Mike Smith

Capitals at Flames: Braden Holtby vs. Karri Ramo

Goalie nods: Howard returns for Detroit

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Jimmy’s back

Jimmy Howard will return from a one-game absence when Detroit takes on Montreal at the Bell Center tonight. Howard, who sat out Saturday’s win over Toronto with a groin strain, has been excellent to start the season, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage; that said, Detroit has also received stellar goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, as he posted a 30-save shutout in the aforementioned weekend victory against the Leafs.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start — he’s coming off a solid 32-save effort in a win over Colorado on Saturday.


Sharks at Bruins: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Tuukka Rask probable for Boston

Rangers at Devils: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak

‘Canes at Jets: Anton Khudobin vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Coyotes at Preds: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona; Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville

Flyers at ‘Hawks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Raanta

Canucks at Stars: Ryan Miller for Vancouver; Kari Lehtonen probable for Dallas

Panthers at Avs: Roberto Luongo vs. Reto Berra

Lightning at Flames: Karri Ramo for Calgary; no word on a Tampa Bay starter

Goalie nods: Big tests (and opportunities) for backups

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Big challenges for backups

If a variety of NHL head coaches want to gauge how much they can truly trust their No. 2 options, then Saturday presents plenty of interesting tests.

No pressure, kid – Calvin Pickard looks primed to man the Colorado Avalanche’s net as Patrick Roy takes his struggling team to face Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. Those are some long odds for Pickard, 22. If Roy is providing any words of advice, it appears that they won’t be too specific, as he told’s Arpon Basu that he’s actually very hands-off with goalies:

Jake finally gets his shot – Brian Elliott has made it really tough for Jake Allen to argue that the St. Louis Blues’ goaltending situation is a true 1A/1B situation, but Allen finally starts against Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes tonight. The Coyotes don’t have the most dangerous offense on paper, so the Blues probably expect impeccable work from their potential goalie of the future.

Goaltending coach Jim Corsi (yes, that Corsi) had glowing words for Allen:

Battle of backups – It looks like there will be at least two battles between backup goalies tonight. The Washington Capitals look primed to roll out Justin Peters against a Florida Panthers team starting Al Montoya after Roberto Luongo shut out the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Robin Lehner gets a chance to work his way back into more of a platoon with the Ottawa Senators while the Columbus Blue Jackets must trust Curtis McElhinney considering the fact that they’re tied for the NHL lead with the most back-to-back games this season. Sergei Bobrovsky can only do so much.

Opportunities for Svedberg, Gustavsson – On paper, facing Jhonas Enroth and a Buffalo Sabres team coming off of a back-to-back is a golden opportunity for Boston Bruins backup Niklas Svedberg. If Friday’s game and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ struggles are any indication, Jonas Gustavsson gets a nice opportunity tonight, too. That said, Jonathan Bernier should be plenty motivated if he starts for Toronto, as expected.

To round out the No. 2 talk, Vancouver Canucks backup Eddie Lack faces a tough challenge in Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning.


  • The San Jose Sharks are starting Antti Niemi in an interesting test against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils.
  • Speaking of interesting tests, Jaroslav Halak gets another nod from the New York Islanders as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are expected to continue starting Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • The Dallas Stars opt for Kari Lehtonen, most likely against the Philadelphia Flyers’ Steve Mason.
  • The Nashville Predators seem likely to go back to Pekka Rinne after last night’s shutout. He’ll face a big challenge in the Chicago Blackhawks, who are rolling with Corey Crawford.

Luongo blanks Sabres, passes Patrick Roy on NHL’s all-time shutout list


It wasn’t necessarily a busy night at times for Roberto Luongo. However, it probably didn’t feel that way in the third period, as he and the Florida Panthers managed to hang on against the Buffalo Sabres.

Luongo turned aside all 26 shots he faced, although he was tested only 12 times through the first two periods. The Panthers earned a 1-0 win. With the shutout, Luongo now has 67 in his career, which means he surpasses Patrick Roy – he was a pretty good goalie – and into a tie for 13th all-time among NHL goalies, according to the Panthers’ public relations department.

Head coach Gerard Gallant records his first win with the Panthers, according to

While the win came with some personal milestones, there was a sour note for the Panthers.

Dave Bolland left the game with a lower-body injury, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald, which means Brandon Pirri could get into the Florida lineup against the Washington Capitals tomorrow.

Goalie nods: Reimer, Kuemper both start third straight


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Leafs stick with Reimer

James Reimer said he re-upped in Toronto this summer because he would be given a shot at the No. 1 gig.

Well, he’s certainly getting that chance.

Reimer will make his third straight start tonight when the Leafs host Detroit at the ACC. The 26-year-old ‘tender has won two straight while posting a 2.24 GAA and .920 save percentage, which is why he’ll get the nod over Jonathan Bernier, who hasn’t suited up since replacing the injured Reimer against the Rangers on Sunday.

For Detroit, Jimmy Howard will get the nod in goal.

All Kuemper, all the time

Minnesota is playing just its third game of the season tonight — thank the schedule-makers for that one — and it’ll be Darcy Kuemper in goal once again, looking to extend his shutout streak beyond its current 120 minutes.

Kuemper has stopped all 46 shots faced this season (granted, all were against Colorado) and will look to do more of the same this evening against the Ducks in Anaheim.

Speaking of the Ducks, Frederik Andersen will get the call in net.


Panthers at Sabres: Roberto Luongo vs. Jhonas Enroth

Flames at Jackets: Karri Ramo vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Preds at Jets: Pekka Rinne vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller vs. Ben Scrivens

Related: Scrivens isn’t ‘cowering,’ tells coach he’s going to win tonight