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Elias once again on IR with knee injury

This could be Patrik Elias‘ final campaign in the NHL and unfortunately it’s been riddled with adversity.

The New Jersey Devils have announced that Elias is on the injured reserve list. His right knee problems, which cost him the first 20 games of the season, are once again the source, per The Record. For what it’s worth though, he previously stated that his current issue is unrelated to his previous injury, even if the general location is the same.

The move is retroactive to Dec. 21, so he can be activated at any time. However, he’s been off the ice for a week now, so his return might not be in the near future.

Elias also missed New Jersey’s game on Dec. 20, but he was listed as a healthy scratch for that contest. Although Elias took issue with that term.

The 39-year-old is in the final season of his three-year, $16.5 million contract.

Update: The Devils have activated Bobby Farnham, per The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Goalie Nods: Scrivens will make his Habs debut

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The Montreal Canadiens could certainly use a hero right now and with Carey Price unavailable for the role, the recently acquired Ben Scrivens will get an opportunity.

Even after beating Tampa Bay in a shootout last night, the Canadiens are just 4-10-1 since the injured Price last played. But as much as the Canadiens could use some help right now, this start is even more important for Scrivens. Before the trade, the 29-year-old goaltender had been stuck in the minors after struggling as the lowly 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers’ starting netminder.

Scrivens previously had a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage in 19 games with Los Angeles and posted a 2.69 GAA and .915 save percentage in 20 contests with Toronto in 2012-13, so he has found success elsewhere, albeit in a more limited role.

The Florida Panthers will counter with Roberto Luongo.


Craig Anderson will start for the Ottawa Sentors. Tuukka Rask will probably get the nod for Boston, but there was no morning skate or announced starter.

Thomas Greiss will play between the pipes for the New York Islanders as Jaroslav Halak (upper body) is unavailable. Jonathan Bernier is in for Toronto.

Cam Ward is Carolina’s starter tonight. He’ll face backup goalie Keith Kinkaid because this is the first of two games in as many days for New Jersey.

Kari Lehtonen will start for Dallas as he looks to build off of his 22-save shutout on Sunday. Columbus’ Curtis McElhinney will also play between the pipes.

Jake Allen will get the nod for the St. Louis Blues. There hasn’t been any indication of who will play for Nashville, but if Pekka Rinne starts, it would be his 10th game in a row.

— Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will be going for his first win since Dec. 3 tonight. The Winnipeg Jets will likely counter with Connor Hellebuyck based on the morning skate, but the team hasn’t officially named a starter.

John Gibson will be in net for the Anaheim Ducks tonight. Calgary will start Karri Ramo.

— Edmonton will go with Cam Talbot between the pipes. It’s up in the air who the Kings will start. If they turn to Jonathan Quick, they would be asking the 29-year-old goalie to play for a third time in four days, but Quick is coming off of a 27-save shutout, so it’s still a possibility.

— Arizona will start Anders Lindback on Tuesday. It’s not known who Chicago will go with, but Corey Crawford has made eight straight starts so we’ll see if they stick with him or give Scott Darling some work.

Ehrhoff believes Ribeiro hit was dirty; is feeling better


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had to exit Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators late in the second period after being slammed into the boards from behind by Mike Ribeiro.

Ehrhoff has missed games in the past because of concussions, but he might not end up missing any more time due to this incident. He was already back on the ice Sunday for the Kings’ practice, per LA Kings Insider, and is feeling better.

He did take exception to Ribeiro’s hit though, which he described as a “dirty play,” according to Jon Rosen.

You can judge the hit for yourself below:

Ribeiro received a minor penalty for boarding.

Los Angeles went on to earn a victory over the Predators in overtime, extending its winning streak to seven games. The Kings will play Chicago on Monday.

Rookies Virtanen, McCann will stick with Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks feature two of the 10 youngest skaters in the NHL and they’ve decided to keep both of them for the rest of the season.

They made that official with an announcement today that 19-year-old forwards Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann won’t be returned to their respective junior teams.

Vancouver had to make a decision soon because they’re both approaching the 10 games played mark and once they reach that milestone, this will count towards the first campaign of their entry-level contracts.

Virtanen has been used sparingly so far, but he has the potential to develop into a great power forward as well as a fan favorite given his British Columbia roots. Vancouver took him with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and he followed that up with a campaign where he recorded 21 goals, 52 points, and 82 penalty minutes in 50 contests with WHL Calgary.

McCann was also taken in the first round of the 2014 draft (24th overall). While his playing time has been limited as well, he’s made a big impact with five goals in nine contests. Vancouver acquired the pick used to take him in the Ryan Kesler trade with Anaheim and while this obviously has to be taken with a grain of salt, McCann currently has just one less goal than all of the Ducks’ forwards combined.

It will be interesting to see if Virtanen and McCann’s roles grow as the season progresses. If nothing else they are a big part of the group that represents the Canucks’ hopes for the future, especially given the team’s aging core.

Related: Canucks roll the dice on rookies, waive Vey and Corrado

Goalie nods: Jones aims to reverse Sharks’ slide

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The San Jose Sharks won their first four games of the season on the strength of goalie Martin Jones‘ hot start. He allowed just two goals over that span, but has gone on to lose three of his last four contests while San Jose has won just one of its last six games.

To be fair, Jones held the Nashville Predators to just two goals on Wednesday and still got the loss. That’s just one example of why San Jose’s recent struggles aren’t even close to being his alone to bear. Additionally, it is worth emphasizing that he’s been great overall with a 1.74 GAA and .938 save percentage in eight contests.

Still, the Sharks need everyone to be at their best this afternoon when they look to rebound against goaltender Semyon Varlamov and the equally hungry Colorado Avalanche.


Andrei Vasilevskiy has completed his conditioning stint and might play for the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time since being diagnosed with a blood clot near his collarbone. Although it’s not official, Carolina is likely to counter with Cam Ward.

— With Carey Price out at least a week with a lower-body injury, the Montreal Canadiens will turn to backup Mike Condon for their game against Winnipeg. The Jets will start Michael Hutchinson.

Jaroslav Halak started in the Islanders’ 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Saturday, so New York might opt to start Thomas Greiss tonight against the Sabres. Chad Johnson will probably play at the other after getting a breather on Friday.

— Nashville used Pekka Rinne in their 4-3 overtime loss to Los Angeles on Saturday, so this might end up being one of the rare night’s off for him. Frederik Andersen, who is still winless despite his 2.05 GAA, will probably get the nod for Anaheim.