Goalie nods: Howard, Lehtonen battle to gain more reps

AP

You know when goalies often warm up and stretch alongside each other before games?

One cannot help but wonder if Kari Lehtonen and Jimmy Howard may share some nostalgic feelings if they do those painful-looking splits side by side on Sunday.

Simply put, they’ve both seen better days where they were the unquestioned workhorses for the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings respectively.

Antti Niemi has the edge – however slight or substantial it may be – on Lehtonen while Petr Mrazek is the upstart pushing Howard in Detroit.

The two are trying to make an impression and get more starts. While that can happen for each via a “goaltending duel,” there’s also the possibility that only one goalie may benefit from this game.

Elsewhere …

Canucks: Ryan Miller at Devils: Keith Kinkaid

Bruins: Likely Tuukka Rask at Islanders: Likely Jaroslav Halak

Oilers: Cam Talbot at Blackhawks: Corey Crawford

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