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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.

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks strive to break slump against Capitals

San Jose Sharks v Washington Capitals
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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the San Jose Sharks host the Washington Capitals at the SAP Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The month of February simply hasn’t started off well for the San Jose Sharks, who host the Washington Capitals on NBCSN tonight.

Slumping Sharks

Beginning with a shootout loss against the Edmonton Oilers, the Sharks have dropped four of five games to begin this month, including two straight losses at home. If Washington continues this trend, San Jose will squander a brief-but-key three-game homestand.

At this point, the Sharks have to know that just about every stretch means something. Losing to the Calgary Flames on Monday bumped them down to third in the Pacific Division. When you consider games in hand and other factors, San Jose’s not as far above the Western Conference bubble as the Sharks may seem, either.

That’s not to say that the Sharks have all the motivation by any means.

If the Capitals aren’t careful, they could face similar problems when it comes to bubble teams being closer than they seem. Washington seems to have shaken off a frustrating run of losses to end January, but they’re beginning a very challenging four-game road trip in San Jose on Wednesday.

The two teams played an early regular season game on Oct. 14 as the Sharks edged the Capitals 6-5 via a shootout. While they aren’t particularly familiar opponents, there’s plenty of talent to go around with the Sharks’ slew of forwards (Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau) going up against Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Washington’s expensive defensive corps.

If we get Braden Holtby vs. Antti Niemi in net, we’ll get to see a match between two goalies hoping to earn big contracts after this season.

We don’t see the Capitals face the Sharks very often, but it could be an entertaining match to close out Wednesday’s back-to-back set of NBCSN games.

(Check out this preview of the Detroit Red Wings – Pittsburgh Penguins game here.)

Stars’ Roussel to have disciplinary hearing for cross checking major

Antoine Roussel

Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday.

Roussel was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins after he threw a vicious cross check on defenseman Adam McQuaid less than four minutes into the opening period.

source:  Earlier this season, Roussel was handed the maximum fine for a sucker punch on Justin Braun. He’s gained a reputation in the NHL since coming into the league two years ago, although he admitted in November he doesn’t care about that.

Video: Roussel tossed after high cross-check on McQuaid


Things got ugly early in Boston tonight, as Dallas forward Antoine Roussel was given a five-minute cross checking major and game misconduct for this shot on Adam McQuaid:


Roussel, who was fined earlier this season for a sucker-punch on San Jose defenseman Justin Braun, could find himself back in front of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for this incident:

McQuaid appeared to be shaken up on the play and left momentarily, but returned to take regular shifts and finished with 5:30 TOI at the end of the opening frame.

Pavelski says Sharks’ struggles are on ‘everybody’

Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks

Despite glimpses of the team that was once a regular-season juggernaut, the San Jose Sharks have inspired plenty of doubt in 2014-15. It sounds like they crisis of confidence extends to the locker room, too.

The Calgary Flames leapfrogged over the Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division with Monday’s 4-1 win, representing a decisive – maybe merciful – end to the two teams’ season series.

While the two teams are still tightly matched, the Flames dominated the five games between the teams, as the Sharks managed three out of a possible 10 standings points (going 1-3-1).

A banged-up defense was one thing that was cited in the loss, but Joe Pavelski’s among those who believe that the Sharks need improvements in every facet of their game, as he told CSNBayArea.com.

“Bottom line is it’s on everybody,” Pavelski said. “We weren’t good enough. Not one guy, not 20. We’ve got to find it.”

Maybe the Flames just represent a tough matchup for the Sharks, but standings points and final scores weren’t the only numbers that are a little troubling for San Jose. Consider this: Calgary sports a +19 goal differential this season, while the Sharks have only scored one more goal (154) than they’ve allowed (153).

Some of that might be chalked up to “puck luck” – their fairly low PDO argues as much – but it seems like the Sharks are slipping from an elite possession team to a merely good one.

Long story short, the Sharks’ margin for error might be shrinking, so Pavelski may be right that it’s ultimately on everyone (even if one might argue that certain facets of the roster are holding up their end of the bargain better than others).

Check out this CSNBayArea.com video for more on the Sharks’ struggles.