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Ottawa Senators v Columbus Blue Jackets

Goalie nods: Anton Forsberg debuts for battered Blue Jackets


News and notes from the crease …

Forsberg’s first

With Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf, it looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets will give Anton Forsberg his first career NHL start tonight.

Here’s a quick Forsberg bio for those in the crowd wondering … “Anton who?”


Forsberg faces Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils in his debut.

Crawford’s back

The Chicago Blackhawks sent Scott Darling back to the minors (to the relief of Antti Raanta, who was likely sweating Darling’s strong work) as Corey Crawford appears ready to return. At the moment, it looks like James Reimer will be in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are wrapping up a back-to-back set.

Elsewhere …

Flyers at Panthers: Steve Mason strives for his first win of 2014-15 with Philly while Roberto Luongo’s in net for Florida.

Jets at Rangers: Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg and Henrik Lundqvist for New York.

Capitals at Lightning: Braden Holtby starts for Washington, Ben Bishop goes for Tampa Bay.

Coyotes at Hurricanes: Mike Smith tries to get it together with Arizona while Cam Ward continues Carolina’s quest for a win.

Senators at Bruins: Robin Lehner’s in for Ottawa, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Sabres at Penguins: Jhonas Enroth gets thrown to the wolves by Buffalo while Marc-Andre Fleury is looking like a workhorse so far for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Wild: Dallas seems to be leaning toward Kari Lehtonen while Minnesota rolls with Darcy Kuemper.

Avalanche at Blues: Semyon Varlamov goes for Colorado while Brian Elliott hopes that his goalie mask protects him from the bug going around the St. Louis locker room.

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller starts for Vancouver while Ben Scrivens continues to be the go-to guy for Edmonton.

Islanders at Sharks: Jaroslav Halak hopes to stop New York’s run of bad goaltending while Antti Niemi is in net for San Jose.

Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record

Jacob Markstrom

Jacob Markstrom had been on quite a roll for the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League. But he will not break the big record, at least not tonight.

Markstrom, who the Vancouver Canucks acquired just prior to the 2014 NHL trade deadline in that blockbuster deal involving Roberto Luongo, entered tonight’s game against the Binghamton Senators having not allowed a goal in 232 minutes and 13 seconds, recording three consecutive shutouts prior to Friday.

He was closing in on the league’s shutout record, held by former Abbotsford Heat goalie Barry Brust, who set the new standard at 268 minutes and 17 seconds.

Brust set that back in November of 2012, breaking the previous mark held by Johnny Bower.

The Senators opened the scoring less than six minutes into the first period, halting Markstrom’s current bid for the record books.

The Canucks, deciding to go with the duo of Ryan Miller and Eddie Lack, and opting not to keep three goalies at the NHL level, reassigned Markstrom to the AHL prior toward the end of September.

PHT Morning Skate: Closing out Hockey Halloween (plus a bloody KHL brawl)


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.

It’s finally Halloween for those of you who hate fun don’t really enjoy seeing NHL players and fans in zany costumes. Let’s take a stroll through recent costumes and a few that slipped through the cracks.

Dion Phaneuf as Spider-Man is … uh.


Russian Machine Never Breaks provides an in-depth take on Washington Capitals Halloween costumes. You’ll have to go there for Alex Ovechkin’s bit, as Joel Ward, Tom Wilson & Co. won it with this “Dodgeball” motif:

The Edmonton Oilers’ Twitter feed passes along this “Zoolander”-inspired bit by members of the Bakersfield Condors, the team’s ECHL affiliate:

(Admission: it’s kind of easy to forget Owen Wilson’s “Hansel” character, aside from when people are making lazy Martin Hanzal jokes.)

This is a high-quality “Flying V” routine:

BarDown has some other costume ideas, including the increasingly popular “go as the Stanley Cup” idea. Not sure how to feel about it:

The NHL shared this great (and elaborate) fan costume:

Admittedly quite late on this, but the Pittsburgh Penguins still have room for improvement costumes-wise:

That said, Sidney Crosby as Philadelphia icon “Rocky Balboa” is pretty provocative, eh?

Yay or nay on this Florida Panthers – Batman splice?

Moving on beyond Halloween …

Also late on this but: the Gin Blossoms are still around? Huh.

Ryan Miller is already buying hockey gear for his expected child:

Oleg Gubin and Jonathan Sigalet set off quite the bloody scene during a KHL game between Sibir Novosibirsk and Slovan Bratislava last night:

Goalie nods: Svedberg gets Buffalo again, Darling starts third straight

Niklas Svedberg

The latest from the blue paint…

Boston goes with Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday when the B’s take on the Sabres in Buffalo. The Swedish netminder, who took over backup duties from the now-departed Chad Johnson, has been very good for Boston this season, posting a .951 save percentage and 1.57 GAA — this despite the fact he’s only registered one win on the year (a 4-0 shutout of the Sabres back on Oct. 18).

Speaking of the Sabres, they’ll go back to Jhonas Enroth tonight after Michal Neuvirth got the call in each of the last two games. Enroth’s last game was a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles and while he’s just 1-5-0 on the year, he does have a respectable .914 save percentage.

Chicago rides Darling

AHL call-up Scott Darling will make his third consecutive start tonight when the ‘Hawks take on the Sens in Ottawa. Darling’s streak began, ironically enough, against this same Ottawa team — he stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 win over the Sens last Sunday, followed up by stopping 24 of 25 in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.

As for the Senators, they’ll go with the same guy that lost to Darling on Sunday: Craig Anderson. “Andy” has been alternating games with Robin Lehner of late but would probably have gotten this Chicago game regardless of the rotation — in the aforementioned 2-1 loss, Anderson stopped 43 of 45 Blackhawks shots, good for a .956 save percentage.


Jets at Devils: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Cory Schneider

Kings at Penguins: Martin Jones vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Coyotes at Panthers: Mike Smith vs. Roberto Luongo

Flyers at Lightning: Ray Emery vs. Ben Bishop

Ducks at Blues: John Gibson vs. Jake Allen

Sharks at Wild: Antti Niemi vs. Darcy Kuemper

Isles at Avs: Chad Johnson vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Canucks: No word on starters yet, but Carey Price and Ryan Miller are likely.

What they’re saying about the Sabres (and it’s not good)

Leo Komarov, Andrej Meszaros

An “embarrassing” performance last night in Toronto has produced no shortage of harsh words about the Buffalo Sabres.

From the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

The Buffalo Sabres looked like an American Hockey League team all game, unable to skate with the Toronto Maple Leafs (!) and incapable of mustering more than 10 harmless shots.

Buffalo was bad last year, but nothing quite like this. Their 52-point season was good (bad?) for dead last, putting them 14 behind the 29th place Florida Panthers, but they managed to hang in more games despite a lack of offence.

Then they lost two of their better NHL players in Ryan Miller and Christian Ehrhoff and are dressing a group of minor leaguers and kids on many nights. Other than [Josh] Gorges, Brian Gionta, Cody Hodgson, Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford, there’s simply not much there.

And this is how the Buffalo News led its game story:

There have been some horrible, downright despicable performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity anyone who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.

Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season will be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left!

You get the picture. And if, somehow, you still don’t, consider these stats:

— The Sabres have scored 10 goals in 10 games. Yep, that’s just one per game.

— They’ve already been shut out four times.

— They still haven’t scored on the power play, despite 56:51 of time with the man advantage.

— They’ve been out-shot by an average margin of 36.7 to 21.8.

Think coach Ted Nolan might be getting a little fed up? We’ll leave you with this, from Sabres practice this morning:

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