Goalie nods: Sens go back to the Hamburglar


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Anderson sits, Hammond starts

After saying Craig Anderson gave his team the best chance to win prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Boston, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron flipped the script by announcing Andrew Hammond, not Anderson, would get the start for tonight’s tilt against Montreal.

Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — returns to the net after a two-game hiatus, looking to build on his eye-popping numbers: 7-0-1 record, .954 save percentage, 1.43 GAA and two shutouts in nine appearances. His return also comes at a crucial time for Ottawa, as the Sens blew a golden opportunity on Tuesday to close the gap on Boston’s lead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase; they head into tonight’s action seven points back of the B’s, albeit with a game in hand.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start in goal.


Bolts at Bruins: Ben Bishop vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Oilers at Pens: Ben Scrivens vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin

Jets at Panthers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Dan Ellis

Jackets at Wings: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jimmy Howard

Flyers at Blues: Steve Mason vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Avs: Cory Schneider vs. Semyon Varlamov (probable)

Kings at Canucks: No confirmed starters for either team.

Blackhawks at Coyotes: Corey Crawford vs. Mike Smith

Preds at Sharks: (No starter for Nashville yet) vs. Antti Niemi

Columbus’ Murray off IR, set to play just eighth game this season (Updated)

In mid-February, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen nixed the idea of shutting down d-man Ryan Murray, even though Murray’s missed nearly the entire campaign with knee and ankle injuries.

Today, Kekalainen stayed true to his word.

The Jackets have activated Murray off injured reserve, which means the 21-year-old is likely to play against Detroit tonight, in what would be his first game since Feb. 6.

UPDATE: Murray’s return sounds like it’ll happen on Friday against the Oilers at Nationwide, per head coach Todd Richards.

To call Murray’s year frustrating would be an understatement. His campaign has been a series of starts and stops with frequent injury interruptions, limiting him to just seven appearances — three in October, one in November, one in January and two in February. All told, he’s only appeared in 73 career games since being taken second overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft; the guy taken one spot after him, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, has played 178.

This is why Kekalainen wanted to get Murray back into the lineup this season, even though the Jackets are out of playoff contention and have little to play for. The GM recently expressed concern about just how much time his prized youngster has missed, and what it’s done to his progression.

“I’m worried about Murray in particular. Two out of three seasons, he really hasn’t played,” Kekalainen explained, per the Columbus Dispatch. “That’s all development time.

“I think as soon as he gets healthy he’s got to get back to playing.”

Parenteau back in Montreal lineup after agent’s tweet


It appears P.A. Parenteau will draw back into the Montreal Canadiens lineup tonight when they play host to the Ottawa Senators.

Parenteau, who has missed time this season due to a concussion, was a healthy scratch for a fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night as the Montreal Canadiens were blanked 1-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Parenteau’s absence from the Habs’ lineup prompted his agent to take to Twitter postgame.

Parenteau has six goals and 15 points in 41 games this season while averaging 14:49 in time on ice.

The 31-year-old skated alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec at the team’s morning skate Thursday.

It’s not the first time Walsh has been outspoken about a player’s ice time.

During the 2011-12 season Walsh voiced his displeasure over then Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Derick Brassard being a healthy scratch.

Since Walsh had success with Parenteau, TSN’s Gord Miller is hoping he can help him as well.

Johnson, Lightning edge Canadiens


Tyler Johnson scored 1:03 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Tuesday night.

Johnson’s shot deflected off of Habs’ defenseman Tom Gilbert and past Carey Price.

With the win, Tampa (42-20-6) has now won four straight and moved to within one point of Montreal (42-18-7) for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for his third shutout, but the story of the night was Price.

The Canadiens starter made 35 saves in the loss. The shot attempts in the game were 75-38 in favor of the Lightning.

One of Price’s bigger saves came midway through the third. He stopped Alex Killorn on the original shot and then reached out to stop Ryan Callahan on the rebound.

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With the Habs failing to score in the loss, the agent for P. A. Parenteau felt like he had a solution.

Tampa played the third period without forward Ondrej Palat, who left the game late in the second period after blocking a shot. The team called it a lower body injury.

The Lightning have won the first three meetings in the season series between the two clubs. They’ll meet again on March 16 in Tampa.

Related: Bolts admit ‘there’s a lot at stake’ tonight in Montreal

Tampa’s Palat (lower body) done for the night

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat suffered a lower body injury in the second period and will not return to tonight’s game in Montreal.

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Palat blocked a shot in the second period and did not play another shift following the 17:57 mark of the middle frame.

Palat has 15 goals and 37 points in 63 games this season.