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Goalie nods: After replacing Miller last game, Lack starts for Canucks in Chicago

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The Canucks will give backup Eddie Lack his second look in as many games on Wednesday night in Chicago.

Lack, who came on in relief of Ryan Miller during Monday’s 5-3 loss to Minnesota and stopped all 14 shots faced, hasn’t started since playing very well in a 3-2 OT win over the Jets on Feb. 3. While Lack’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 4-6-2, 2.47 GAA, .916 save percentage — they were skewed by a slow start to the season and a lack of opportunities behind Miller, who has carried a lion’s share of the work in Vancouver this season.

(Miller also hasn’t been very good lately, with just two wins in his last five games, posting an ugly .883 save percentage.)

For Chicago, Corey Crawford will get the start in goal.


Red Wings at Pens: Petr Mrazek vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Caps at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose, no word yet on a Washington starter.

Blockbuster: Kane, Bogosian to Sabres; Myers, Stafford and more to Jets

Evander Kane

Well, it’s a biggie.

Though to be accurate, “biggie” doesn’t fully encapsulate what the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets have pulled off — on Wednesday, the two sides completed a blockbuster deal, which looks like this:

To Buffalo: Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Jason Kasdorf.

To Winnipeg: Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and 2015 first-round pick.

The biggest piece of the deal is Kane, the disgruntled power forward that all but shipped himself out of Winnipeg last week after failing to show up for a game against Vancouver following an (alleged) altercation with teammate Dustin Byfuglien.

A former 30-goal scorer, Kane is a tantalizing talent that comes with baggage — and a surgically repaired shoulder, one that will sideline him for the remainder of the regular season.

As for the rest of the principles:

• Bogosian, 24, will immediately become Buffalo’s top defenseman. Currently in the second of a seven-year, $36 million deal, the rugged blueliner — a New York native — will likely be employed in a “do-everything” role for the Sabres, which could see him get back to the offensive production he showed in 2011-12, when he posted a career-high 30 points in just 65 games played.

• Myers, 25, goes off the market after being one of the most sought-after deadline targets. The former Calder Trophy winner cuts an imposing figure — 6-foot-8, 227 pounds — and will give Winnipeg another physically imposing rearguard, along with the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Byfuglien.

• Stafford, 29, is a UFA at season’s end and will give Winnipeg some forward depth. A three-time 20-goal scorer, Stafford was Buffalo’s third-leading scorer this year (25 points in 50 games).

• Armia, 21, was Buffalo’s first-round pick (16th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A promising talent, the Finnish winger has played just one game at the NHL level this year but has looked good in AHL Rochester, scoring 10 goals and 25 points in 33 games.

• Lemieux, 18, is another intriguing prospect. The son of longtime NHLer Claude Lemieux, Brenden was taken 31st overall at the ’14 Draft and has been a big-time contributor for OHL Barrier this year, sitting second on the team in goals (with 35) while leading in PIM (with 120).

• Kasdorf, 22, was Winnipeg’s sixth-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A goalie currently playing NCAA hockey at R.P.I., Kasdorf is 9-14-0 this season with a 2.94 GAA and .900 save percentage.

As for the first-round pick, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the one heading to Winnipeg is the lowest of Buffalo’s three at this year’s draft. The Sabres hold their own, along with the Islanders’ (from the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade) and the Blues’ (from the Ryan Miller trade).


Per the Buffalo news, the Sabres are retaining half of Stafford’s $4 million salary in the trade.

Canucks’ Miller acknowledges ‘feast or famine’ season

Ryan Miller

It’s been an up and down season for the Vancouver Canucks, and that seems especially true for Ryan Miller.

The last two games might depict that contrast most succinctly: after shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Miller was pulled midway through Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild after allowing five goals on 18 shots.

The 34-year-old seemed perplexed by his erratic work in discussing it with the Vancouver Province.

“There are no real adjustments — just stay the course and take what you can out of it,” Miller said. “My read on the third goal (Nino Niederreiter slot slapper off cross-ice feed) could have been better and he got it up. I don’t know. That’s hockey. Feast or famine I guess — four hooks and six shutouts. Who knows?”

Most goalies probably see some pretty dramatic differences in their stats in wins versus losses, yet the disparity is still pretty striking with Miller.

In 25 wins, he has those six shutouts, a 1.47 GAA and a .947 save percentage. In 15 defeats, his GAA balloons to 4.40 and his save percentage plummets to .849.

On face value, his stats are about par for the course for his career (25-14-1 record, 2.45 GAA, and a .913 save percentage that’s just short of his .915 career average).

At his age, it’s not likely that he’ll make drastic changes. He’s just going to need to hope for better results from himself and his team going forward.

Wild’s winning streak reaches six games after defeating the Canucks


Around this time last month, the Minnesota Wild was in a free fall. Seems like a distant memory right now.

The Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 5-3 on Monday, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive lapses from the Pacific Division visitors and forcing Ryan Miller from the net, for the team’s sixth straight victory, and eighth in its last 10 games.

Suddenly, the playoffs seem possible.

The Wild moved to 58 points, which put it three back of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, with the Flames also in action Monday.

Behind Minnesota’s recent success is goalie Devan Dubnyk, who has started in each of the Wild’s last six wins. He has three shutouts in that span, although he was beaten three times by the Canucks, who had 25 shots on goal.

Wild forwards Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter left the game in the first period, both upper-body injuries, said head coach Mike Yeo, as per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“We should not expect them back in the lineup in the near future,” said Yeo.

After a solid shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Canucks got to within a goal early in the second period, but then coughed up two goals in 54 seconds as the Wild increased its lead to three.

“It’s frustrating. To make the playoffs you have to string wins together and we have to find a way to do that,” said Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who scored for the second time in as many games.

Canucks center Nick Bonino left the game after blocking a shot in the second period.

That could leave the Canucks in a pinch, especially up the middle, with Brad Richardson out with a foot injury.

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller pulled against red-hot Wild

Ryan Miller

Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller was pulled before the midway point of the second period, after allowing five goals on 18 shots against the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Eddie Lack came into the game for Vancouver.

The Canucks managed to get within a goal early in the second period, but Minnesota countered right back with two goals in 54 seconds, upping their lead to three.

Minnesota entered the game on a five-game winning streak, which included back-to-back shutouts in their last two games. Meanwhile, Miller was coming off a tidy 31-save shutout over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.