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.