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Halak to face Fleury
Interesting sidebar to tonight’s Penguins-Islanders game at Nassau — Marc-Andre Fleury and Jaroslav Halak, named as replacement All-Stars for Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard yesterday, will square off in a key Metropolitan Division showdown.
The Isles head into tonight’s action one point up on the Pens, and much of that has to do with Halak’s play this year; he’s won nine of his last 11 starts and has been very good against Pittsburgh this season, posting a 1.52 GAA and .954 save percentage through two head-to-head matchups.
Fleury has been equally strong this season, especially against the Isles — he’s secured three of a possible four points with a 2.40 GAA and .929 save percentage.
Canucks at ‘Canes: Cam Ward for Carolina, no word yet on a Vancouver starter.
Rangers at Jackets: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Sergei Bobrovsky likely for Columbus.
Caps at Preds: Braden Holtby vs. Carter Hutton
Jets at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.
Devils at Ducks: Cory Schneider vs. Ilya Bryzgalov