News and notes from the crease…
Boston goes with Ocho Cinco
Chad Johnson, acquired this offseason to back up Tuukka Rask, will finally get his first game for the Bruins tonight against Buffalo.
Johnson, 27, spent last year with the Coyotes and was impressive in a limited amount of work, going 2-0-2 with a .954 save percentage and 1.21 GAA.
Rask has been in goal for all seven of Boston’s games thus far, posting a 5-2-0 record with a 1.29 GAA and .954 save percentage.
— Cory Schneider will make his third straight start on Thursday against his old team, the Vancouver Canucks.
— Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut for the Rangers on Thursday against Philadelphia, in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist.
— The Flames will go back to Karri Ramo on Thursday against Dallas. Ramo was in net for Monday’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles while Joey MacDonald was on the hook for Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Phoenix.
— The Panthers put Tim Thomas on IR. He’ll miss Friday’s game against Buffalo and Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.