Palat scores twice as the Lightning edge the Oilers


Ondrej Palat scored twice and Steven Stamkos had the other as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Thursday night.

Stamkos’ goal, his 26th of the season, moves him into a three-way tie with Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash for the league lead.

Benoit Pouliot scored short-handed and on a power play for the Oilers.

Edmonton has now lost 14 straight road games. The Oilers last win away from home came Nov. 9th against the New York Rangers.

With the win, Tampa avoided a third straight loss.

Ben Bishop made 30 saves to improve to 22-7-2 on the season. Ben Scrivens stopped 16 shots in the loss.

Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s


All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.


Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Pens claim Arcobello off waivers from Preds


David Perron might soon have a familiar face in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins claimed Mark Arcobello — Perron’s former teammate in Edmonton — off waivers from Nashville on Wednesday, per ESPN.

Arcobello, 26, was acquired by the Preds on Dec. 29 from Edmonton in exchange for Derek Roy and proceeded to appear in four games for Nashville, scoring once in his team debut. Prior to his time with the Preds, Acrobello had seven goals and 12 points in 36 games for the Oilers, this after scoring four goals and 18 points in 41 games a season ago.

Though undersized — 5-foot-9, 165 pounds — “Arco” is a highly skilled player that scored routinely at the AHL level; the former Yale standout had 96 points in 89 games over parts of the last two seasons with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, and could really benefit from playing with Pittsburgh’s offensively gifted forwards.

It’s not 100 percent clear where Arcobello will head first: Pittsburgh, or the Pens’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Per the Post-Gazette, Bryan Rust would be a potential candidate to be sent down to the farm should Pittsburgh decide to keep Arcobello at the NHL level.

PHT Morning Skate: Junior hockey player manages to clothesline himself


Mitchell Skiba, who plays for the Alpena Flyers of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, got internet famous when he accidentally took himself out with his own stick while trying to leave the ice:

Skiba said he’s okay via Twitter. He seems to be taking the entire event rather well as he’s retweeted several comments about his accident, including a Vine that features both the clothesline and a big hit he delivered prior to that (Warning: Some of Tweets in his timeline contain foul language).

(H/T to Puck Daddy)

If Joni Ortio is able to build off of his 36-save shutout on Saturday, then he might force Calgary to carry three goaltenders once Karri Ramo is healthy. (Calgary Sun)

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Martin Jones set a modern day record by recording seven shutouts in his first 29 games. (LA Kings Insider)

Will the Edmonton Oilers trade defenseman Jeff Petry? (Edmonton Journal)

Here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 7-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday:

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski wasn’t disappointed by his All-Star snub. (CSN Bay Area)

Lou Lamoriello, 72, had to lengthen his day after he added coaching duties on top of his other posts as the New Jersey Devils’ president and general manager. (The Bergen Record)

Should the Lightning be worried about Ben Bishop?


Ben Bishop is 28 years old and has had one impressive season as a starting NHL goalie.

That, of course, came last season, when he went 37-14-7 with a .924 save percentage for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And for that, he was deservedly named a Vezina Trophy finalist.

But before last season he remained very much unproven. The 85th overall pick in the 2005 draft, he’d only started 38 NHL games in five seasons for the Lightning, Senators, and Blues.

Which is why he came into 2014-15 still somewhat unproven.

“I had one really good year this year — I think I’ve still got to prove myself,” Bishop said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I want to be consistent year in and year out. I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder.

“I want to be even better this year.”

Except he hasn’t been. After 33 appearances, his save percentage sits at .910, ranking him in the bottom half of regular starters.

Moreover, at even strength, among the 29 goalies that have played at least 1,000 minutes, his save percentage ranks better than just four of his counterparts — Cam Ward, Ben Scrivens, Darcy Kuemper, and Mike Smith.

Those last three goalies — Scrivens, Kuemper, and Smith — in case you haven’t been reading PHT on a regular basis, have probably been the most maligned in the NHL this season. And at the moment, Bishop is a lot closer to them in terms of his stats than he is to the likes of Pekka Rinne and Carey Price.

Now, look, we’re not here to suggest that Bishop is going to become the next Jim Carey. All goalies go through rough patches. But, in all likelihood, Bishop will need to be better if the Lightning are going to make an impact in the playoffs. Currently, Tampa Bay ranks first in goal-scoring (that’s really good) and 15th in goals-against (that’s pretty mediocre).

The Lightning are in Boston to play the Bruins this evening. They’ve yet to announce a starting goalie.

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