Goalie nods: Nilsson gets third straight for Isles, Peters gets second for ‘Canes

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Isles rolling with Nilsson

Looks like the Islanders have a new go-to netminder.

Anders Nilsson will start for the third straight time on Thursday when New York takes on the Blues in St. Louis. The Swedish netminder played well in his last outing — stopping 31 of 34 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to Pittsburgh — and appears to have the upper hand (for now) on Kevin Poulin for the Isles’ No. 1 goalie gig.

Nilsson will go up against Jaroslav Halak tonight in the St. Louis goal.

Peters back for Carolina

Interesting decision from ‘Canes head coach Kirk Muller, who will go with Justin Peters for the second straight game tonight in Nashville. Peters stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 win over Washington on Tuesday — so he’s certainly full value for another start — but it is curious to see him go over Cam Ward, who has been very solid since coming back from injury.

Nashville has not yet named a starter for tonight, though it’s likely reigning rookie of the month Marek Mazanec will get the nod.

Elsewhere…

Rangers at Sabres: Henrik Lundqvist goes for New York, his first start after signing a seven-year, $59.5 million deal yesterday. No word on who Buffalo will counter with.

Stars at Maple Leafs: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jonathan Bernier.

Sharks at Penguins: Antti Niemi vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Jets at Panthers: Tim Thomas is confirmed for Florida, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.

Senators at Lightning: Robin Lehner vs. Ben Bishop.

Bruins at Canadiens: Tuukka Rask vs. Carey Price.

Blackhawks at Wild: Corey Crawford vs. Josh Harding.

Avalanche at Oilers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Devan Dubnyk.