Radim Vrbata gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-0 lead 1:21 into the second period tonight in Philadelphia ending Flyers’ starter Ray Emery’s night early.
Emery, who entered tonight’s action with a 3-7-0 in his last 11 starts to go along with a 3.57 G.A.A. and .869 save percentage, allowed three goals on 12 shots.
Rob Zepp didn’t fair much better as Jannik Hansen scored just 22 seconds after he replaced Emery.
Canucks’ forward Nick Bonino snapped a three-game scoring drought with a nice spin-o-rama move on Flyers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto before beating Ray Emery for his 10th goal of the season.
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Talbot starts in Boston
Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.
Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.
Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)
Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.
Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo
Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop
Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.
Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott
Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)
Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith
Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.
Vancouver will get back a key piece of its defensive core on Friday in Carolina.
Dan Hamhuis, who’s missed the last 21 games with a groin tear, will draw back into the lineup tomorrow when the Canucks take on the ‘Canes at PNC. (Note: Technically, Hamhuis will miss a 22nd game tonight, as he won’t dress for Vancouver’s game in Philadelphia.)
Hamhuis has been out of the lineup since getting hurt after just 19 seconds of ice time in a Nov. 20 game against Anaheim.
Originally feared to be a longer-term ailment, Hamhuis was able to avoid surgery for the torn groin and went the rehab route, getting back onto the ice earlier than his original eight-week timetable for return.
Hamhuis, 32, had six points through his first 20 games of the season, averaging 20:36 TOI.
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne left tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks early in the third period after Chris Higgins ran into him.
Rinne, who allowed one goal on 21 shots was replaced by Carter Hutton.
Rinne entered tonight’s game with a 28-6-2 record to go along with a 1.98 G.A.A. and a .930 save percentage.