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Henrik Lundqvist

Goalie nods: Lundqvist won’t get to ease back in


All the latest from the blue paint…

Long live the King?

As already noted earlier today, it appears as though Henrik Lundqvist will make his return to the New York Rangers’ net as they face the Boston Bruins (who most likely will roll with Tuukka Rask).

Normally, this would be a cause for outright glee, and it’s true that “King Henrik” will be gladly welcomed back into the fold. Still, the Rangers have been on a tear thanks in a large part to Cam Talbot’s wonderful play in Hank’s absence, so it remains to be seen if New York sees a little fall-off.

Let there be no doubt that the Bruins will send their best at Lundqvist, so this isn’t exactly an example of easing a player back into the mix.

This is just one of several games during an unusually busy Saturday afternoon, so hopefully hockey fans already got their errands (and napping) done today.


Predators at Capitals: Pekka Rinne vs. Braden Holtby

Ducks at Islanders: Probably Frederik Andersen vs. Michal Neuvirth

Sharks at Flyers: Alex Stalock vs. (likely) Steve Mason

Coyotes at Penguins: Mike Smith vs. Thomas Greiss

Lightning at Red Wings: Likely Ben Bishop s. Petr Mrazek

Senators at Maple Leafs: Craig Anderson vs. James Reimer

Panthers at Canadiens: Roberto Luongo vs. Carey Price

Devils at Hurricanes: Keith Kinkaid vs. Cam Ward

Blue Jackets at Blues: Likely Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at Wild: Likely Jonathan Quick vs. Devan Dubnyk

Sabres at Avalanche: ANders Lindback vs. Semyon Varlamov

Stars at Canucks: Maybe Kari Lehtonen vs. Eddie Lack

‘We have nobody to blame but ourselves,’ says McLellan of Sharks drop in standings


On Feb. 1, the San Jose Sharks had a winning streak of three games. They were second in the Pacific Division. They were only 10 points back of the Anaheim Ducks for first.

Less than two months later, and with eight games remaining on their schedule in what has turned into a tumultuous season with the feuding of general manager Doug Wilson and veteran center Joe Thornton, the Sharks are facing the harsh reality that the playoffs appear very much out of reach.

They’re not mathematically eliminated. Not yet. But time is running out. And the teams ahead of them in the division — Vancouver, L.A., and Calgary — have, for the most part, continued to earn points and wins.

They sit eight points back of the L.A. Kings, current holders of third in the division.

For the Sharks, who fell to the Kings in a historical collapse in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, their season went off the rails last month, when they won only three times in 13 games.

“Teams that you’re competing with to solidify that 6-7-8 spot did a better job of elevating their play and beating our hockey club, and we have nobody to blame but ourselves for that,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told The Canadian Press.

Sharks shut down Mueller (hand) for remainder of road trip

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks

San Jose will be without rookie d-man Mirco Mueller for the rest of its seven-game road trip, and possibly beyond.

From CSN Bay Area:

Mueller’s left hand/wrist area was significantly wrapped on Friday [after blocking a shot versus Detroit last night], as the Sharks prepare to face the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

Todd McLellan said: “He injured himself last night in Detroit. Didn’t return to the game. We finished the night with five [defensemen], and he’ll be out for a little while.”

Will he miss the rest of the season?

“I don’t know that time frame,” McLellan said. “It will be awhile. He won’t play again on this trip, and then we’ll see when we get home.”

Mueller, 20, has a goal and four points in 39 games this year, his first with the Sharks after being taken 18th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. San Jose is still mathematically alive in the Western Conference playoff chase, but will likely miss the postseason for the first time since 2003.