All the latest from the blue paint…
Luongo returns to Boston
Roberto Luongo will make his first start at TD Garden since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when Vancouver takes on the Bruins tonight.
Eddie Lack has been in goal for Vancouver’s last two games — a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg and Monday’s 2-0 defeat in Detroit — so Luongo should be well-rested and ready to exorcise the demons that haunted him in Boston three years ago, when he allowed 15 goals over three games and got hooked twice.
The veteran netminder has played pretty well in January, going 3-4-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage. He’ll be up against Tuukka Rask tonight.
Lundqvist vs. Varlamov at Madison Square
Great goaltending matchup in New York as Henrik Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers, going up against Avs No. 1 Semyon Varlamov.
Lundqvist, who won the ’12 Vezina and was a finalist last year, will face one of the leading candidates for this year’s award. Varlamov has been nothing short of outstanding all year long, ranking among the league leaders in wins (28), GAA (2.45) and save percentage (.925).
Jets at Hurricanes: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Anton Khudobin
Flames at Canadiens: Reto Berra vs. Carey Price
Maple Leafs at Panthers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Tim Thomas
Islanders at Capitals: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Michal Neuvirth
Senators at Blues: Robin Lehner vs. Jaroslav Halak
Lightning at Wild: Ben Bishop vs. Darcy Kuemper
Stars at Coyotes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Mike Smith