Caps’ Wilson the latest to be fined for diving

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Washington forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment, the NHL announced on Friday.

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Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19.

Wilson received a minor penalty for embellishment on the play, at 14:45 of the second period.

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With that, Wilson becomes the eighth player to be fined for diving this season, joining Toronto’s Richard Panik, Islanders goalie Michal Neuvirth (fine occurred while with Buffalo), the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal and Montreal’s P.K. Subban, who has been fined twice.

Goalie nods: Hackett goes for Sabres in McEichel Derby

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All the latest from the blue paint…

No Lindback for Buffalo

The NHL’s two worst teams — standings-wise, anyway — will do battle tonight when the Sabres host the Coyotes in Buffalo, and Buffalo will start little-used Matthew Hackett in net ahead of Anders Lindback, who’s been quite solid of late.

Hackett, 25, is 0-3-0 this year with a .893 save percentage and 4.34 GAA. He’s spent the majority of the season AHL Rochester, but was summoned to the Sabres after Chad Johnson went down to injury almost immediately after being acquired via trade.

In hist last outing, a 3-0 loss to Nashville, Hackett allowed three goals on 43 shots, good for a .930 save percentage.

For the Coyotes, Mike Smith will get the start in goal. Smith’s turnaround after a dreadful start has been one of the few bright spots in Arizona this season, and is worth mentioning — the veteran has been very good in nine games this month, allowing just 21 goals on 326 shots for a .936 save percentage.

Elsewhere…

Anaheim at Boston: Frederik Andersen vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Kings at Isles: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Caps: Cory Schneider vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at ‘Canes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Cam Ward

Preds at Bolts: Pekka Rinne (probable) vs. Ben Bishop

Sharks at Wings: Antti Niemi vs. Jimmy Howard

Rangers at Sens: Cam Talbot vs. Andrew Hammond

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Habs at Jets: Dustin Tokarski vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Avs at Canucks: Semyon Varlamov vs. (No Vancouver starter yet.)

Habs first to reach 100 points, but Price loses goalie duel vs. Rinne

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price might win the Vezina and maybe even Hart Trophy this year, but for tonight at least, he was edged out by one of his chief rivals in Pekka Rinne in a 3-2 overtime loss to Nashville.

Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm gave Nashville an early edge tonight when he scored from his knees after being tripped by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec. It was just Ekholm’s seventh goal in 137 contests.

Montreal battled back, but Canadiens blueliner P.K. Subban was charged with a tripping penalty in overtime and Filip Forsberg took advantage of the situation.

Price finished the contest with 28 saves on 31 shots while Rinne turned aside 27 of 29 shots at the other end of the ice. They earned the third and second stars respectively.

The silver lining for the Canadiens is that with the consolation point, they are the first team to reach the 100-point mark. However, they have played in two more games than the New York Rangers, which trail them by just one point. Nashville is also a mere two points behind Montreal in an extremely tight battle for the Presidents’ Trophy:

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Preds call up ’14 first-rounder Fiala

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The Predators announced that Kevin Fiala has been summoned under emergency circumstances. In the likely event that he makes his debut with Nashville during this stint, he will become fourth player in franchise history to play at the age of 18.

Fiala was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He started the season with the Swedish league club HV71, scoring five goals and 14 points in 20 games before making the move to North America in January.

“By getting a head start on the acclimation process to the North American style of play and smaller rinks, we expect Kevin – like Filip Forsberg two seasons ago – will continue his growth as a dynamic offensive prospect,” Predators GM David Poile said when it was announced that Fiala would start playing for AHL Milwaukee.

The 18-year-old forward done well in the minors with nine goals and 17 points in 26 contests.

Nashville will face the Montreal Canadiens at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight.

Goalie nods: Price versus Rinne in potential Vezina showdown

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Elite battle at Bridgestone

Two goalies most have penciled in as Vezina candidates will square off tonight in Nashville when Carey Price and the Habs take on Pekka Rinne and the Preds.

Price, widely considered to be the Vezina favorite, has been nothing short of brilliant all season long and heads into tonight’s action leading the NHL in wins (40), save percentage (.938), GAA (1.86) and shutouts (nine). The 27-year-old’s dominance has led to serious discussion about Hart Trophy consideration as league MVP.

Rinne, meanwhile, has been solid as well. He’s second to Price in both GAA (2.09) and wins (38), sitting fifth overall in save percentage (.927). What’s interesting about the two, however, is that Price has never been named a Vezina finalist over the course of his seven-year career; Rinne, who’s in his ninth NHL campaign, has been a finalist twice and fell just short of capturing the Vezina in 2011, when he finished a few votes shy of eventual winner Tim Thomas.

So with Price and Rinne likely to both be finalists this year, the conversation turns to who’ll be the third nominee. Right now, it seems like a three-horse race between New Jersey’s Cory Schneider, Washington’s Braden Holtby and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Isles: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jaroslav Halak

Kings at Rangers: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Cam Talbot

Blues at Pens: Jake Allen vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Ducks at Jackets: John Gibson vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Coyotes at Wings: Mike Smith vs. Jimmy Howard

Panthers at Bolts: Roberto Luongo vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Jets at Canucks: Michael Hutchinson vs. Eddie Lack