News and notes from around the crease…
Roberto Luongo will make his first post-Olympics start tonight when the Canucks take on the Coyotes in Phoenix.
Luongo was parked for Vancouver’s first three games out of the break in favor of Eddie Lack — including, most controversially, the Heritage Classic loss to Ottawa on Sunday — and it’ll be interesting to see how the veteran reacts to another goalie saga (granted, a less contentious one than Luongo had with Cory Schneider.)
Luongo’s Olympic teammate, Mike Smith, will get the start in goal for Phoenix.
(Related: Click here to read about Washington “looking at” Luongo.)
UPDATE: Yeah, Luongo isn’t starting.
Marty goes for Devils
Following a day filled with rumors about a potential trade, Martin Brodeur will be in goal for the Devils tonight when they host the Red Wings at Prudential.
Brodeur’s name surfaced in a report suggesting he was going to Minnesota, only to see the Wild acquire Ilya Bryzgalov from Edmonton instead. As such, it seems unlikely Brodeur will move by tomorrow’s trade deadline… though that’s not ruling it out entirely.
Brodeur played well in his last outing — stopping 18 of 19 shots in a 6-1 win over the Islanders — and he’ll take on Jimmy Howard in the Detroit goal tonight.
Panthers at Bruins: Tim Thomas for Florida, Chad Johnson likely for Boston.
Stars at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Dan Ellis likely for Dallas.
Islanders at Jets: Anders Nilsson vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Penguins at Predators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne
Lightning at Blues: Ben Bishop vs. Ryan Miller
Avalanche at Blackhawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word on Colorado starter.
Senators at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton, Craig Anderson likely for Ottawa.
Hurricanes at Sharks: Alex Stalock for San Jose, no word on Carolina starter.