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Goalie nods: Ramo shrugs off trade talk, will start versus Rangers

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News and notes from around the crease…

Ramo goes at MSG

Karri Ramo will get the start in goal tonight when Calgary takes on the Rangers in New York, and knows this opportunity — getting the nod ahead of Jonas Hiller, that is — could be viewed as a potential showcase for a trade.

Not that the pending UFA is letting it distract him.

“It’s not up to me,” Ramo said, per the Calgary Herald. “Maybe some players are affected by this, when they are going to decide where they want to go.

“All I can do is to play my best, work hard, and if it happens, it happens.”

There are rumblings around Ramo, and with good reason. He’s unrestricted come July 1, and it stands to reason he’s not in Calgary’s future plans — Hiller is under contract for one more year at $4.5M and the club is very high on 23-year-old Joni Ortio, an AHL All-Star this season who went 4-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in a five-game NHL cameo earlier this year.

Calgary also has a history of flipping goalie depth at the deadline — last year, the Flames sent Reto Berra to Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick.

It remains to be seen if Ramo would garner similar interest on the open market. The 28-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 9-5-1, .904 save percentage, 2.69 GAA — but he could be seen as an upgrade at the backup position for certain teams.

That said, he would be an expensive option with his $2.75M cap hit.

(Also, no word yet on who’ll start for the Rangers.)

Elsewhere…

Canucks at Bruins: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Coyotes at Isles: Mike Smith vs. Chad Johnson

Flyers at ‘Canes: Rob Zepp vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Jackets: Michal Neuvirth vs. Anton Forsberg

Stars at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, Jhonas Enroth likely for Dallas

Oilers at Wild: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Avs at Preds: Nothing yet from either team.

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jake Allen

Panthers at ‘Hawks: Scott Darling for Chicago, no word yet on a Florida starter.

Wings at Kings: Jonas Gustavsson for Detroit, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Bruins’ Krejci (knee) to miss 4-6 weeks

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The Boston Bruins will be without David Krejci for 4-6 weeks due a partially torn MCL in his left knee the club announced Monday.

Krejci suffered the injury during the Bruins’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

He left the game after checking Alexander Steen early in the second period. You can see the incident below:

The Bruins have placed the 28-year-old on injured reserve.

Krejci has seven goals and 26 points in 38 games this season while averaging 18:06 in ice time.

Related: Despite losing road trip, Chiarelli sees ‘promising signs’ from Bruins

With Byron and Stajan out, Flames recall ’13 first-rounder Poirier

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The Calgary Flames could get a look at one of their brightest prospects on Tuesday when they take on the Rangers at MSG.

Today, the Flames called up Emile Poirier — the 22nd overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — from AHL Adirondack, to fill one of the roster voids with Paul Byron going on IR and Matt Stajan leaving the team for the birth of his son.

The Flames also called up Michael Ferland, who appeared in 10 NHL games last season.

Most eyes, though, will be on the 20-year-old Poirier, the former QMJHL Gatineau standout that made the AHL All-Star Game this year as a rookie (Poirier leads Adirondack with 14 goals and 30 points this season.)

Taken one spot ahead of Washington rookie Andre Burakovsky in ’13 — with the pick Calgary acquired from St. Louis in the Jay Bouwmeester trade — Poirier is regarded for his strong shot and skating ability, both of which have served him well at the American League level.

“He’s one of those guys that tends to find the areas where the pucks are going to be, and he puts himself in a good position to shoot. He’s got a great shot when he does let it go,” Adirondack head coach Ryan Huska said, per NHL.com. “He’s a deceiving skater.

“I would bet most defensemen in our conference know who he is and when he’s on the ice because they have to be on their toes when he’s out there because he skates very, very well.”

Report: Krejci’s injury is to his knee, might be long-term

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Boston’s David Krejci still needs to be re-evaluated after he was hurt on Friday, but there’s concern that he’s sustained a long-term injury that will make him unavailable for a good chunk of what’s left of the 2014-15 campaign, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

The report also stated the problem is with his knee. For his part, Bruins coach Claude Julien has stated that Krejci’s injury is “totally different” from the Bruins forward’s previous injury, but has otherwise not gone into a lot of detail yet about the nature of the issue.

Krejci left Friday’s contest after checking Alexander Steen. You can see the incident below:

The 28-year-old has been limited to just 38 contests this season and his latest setback couldn’t have come at a worse time. Although the Bruins earned a 6-2 victory against Chicago on Sunday without Krejci, they have secured just four points in their last seven games. Boston is holding onto the second Wild Card spot and needs to pick up the pace in order to stave off the Florida Panthers (three points back) and Philadelphia Flyers (four points behind).

The good news is that Boston will play five of its next six games at home. The squad 17-9-4 at the TD Garden compared to 12-12-5 on the road.

Goalie Nods: Hammond gets second straight start for Sens

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Hammond looks for a second straight win

Andrew Hammond will make his second career start tonight when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Florida Panthers. Hammond made 42 saves in a win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night in his first career start. It was the 27-year-old’s second NHL appearance. He carries a 2.96 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage into tonight’s action.

Roberto Luongo gets the nod for the Panthers.

Elsewhere…

Ducks at Oilers: John Gibson vs. Ben Scrivens

Hurricanes at Devils: Anton Khudobin vs. Keith Kinkaid

Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Curtis McElhinney vs. Carey Price

Jets at Maple Leafs: Michael Hutchinson vs. Jonathan Bernier

Penguins at Blues: Thomas Greiss vs. Brian Elliott

Red Wings at Stars: Jimmy Howard vs. Kari Lehtonen

Lightning at Coyotes: Ben Bishop vs. Mike Smith

Kings at Sharks: Jonathan Quick vs. Antti Niemi