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

Goalie nods: Neuvirth starts second straight for Isles


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Don’t call it a controversy

The Islanders will start Michal Neuvirth for the second straight game tonight against the Leafs — but it isn’t a sign of potential goalie drama.

Tonight is the first of the Isles’ back-to-back set, which culminates tomorrow with a crucial tilt against the Rangers. Jaroslav Halak will face the Blueshirts, a team he’s fared well against this season, going 3-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .935 save percentage. Tomorrow’s game also represents the fifth and final meeting of the season between the two New York-based clubs, and a chance for the Isles (and Halak) to beat the Rangers in four of the five meetings.

As for Neuvirth, tonight’s game gives him a chance to make up for his debut — a shootout loss to the Panthers on Saturday, in which he allowed three goals on just 18 shots.

For Toronto, Jonathan Bernier will be in goal.


Oilers at Red Wings: Ben Scrivens vs. (no Detroit starter yet)

Ducks at Canucks: (no Anaheim starter yet) vs. Eddie Lack

Preds at Coyotes: (no Nashville starter yet) vs. Louis Domingue

Pens at Sharks: (no Pittsburgh starter yet) vs. Antti Niemi

Hawks seem prepared to use Teravainen on power play


If Saturday’s practice is any indication, Teuvo Teravainen will serve on Chicago’s second power-play unit during Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers. That would be a change of pace for him as Chicago has only used him on rare occasions with the man advantage so far.

“I think I’ve always been good on the power play,” Teravainen noted after the skate, per CSN Chicago. “I don’t know [why]. I just make some plays, like pass and shoot, and I think that’s one of my strengths.”

Teravainen is also projected to play on a line with Brandon Saad and Antoine Vermette after spending Friday’s contest in the press box. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville specified that his decision to scratch Teravainen for their last game wasn’t a reflection of the 20-year-old rookie’s recent play.

“I thought he was coming off a real strong game,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes being patient, you get an opportunity. We’ll see how he goes with it.”

Teravainen has only averaged 11:35 minutes per contest in 2014-15. He has three goals and five points in 18 games.

Goalie Nods: Hutchinson gets a sixth straight start


Michael Hutchinson gets the nod in Nashville

Michael Hutchinson will look to right the ship tonight in Nashville. The Jets’ goaltender allowed three goals on 17 shots in a loss to the Senators on Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three of his last five games while posting a 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage. The Jets have not won in Nashville this season and will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Preds.

Pekka Rinne, who has lost four in a row, gets the nod for Nashville.


Blues at Leafs: Brian Elliott vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Lightning: Jhonas Enroth vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Islanders at Panthers: Michal Neuvirth vs. Dan Ellis

Sabres at Capitals: Anders Lindback (unconfirmed) vs. Braden Holtby

Avalanche at Blue Jackets: Semyon Varlamov vs. Curtis McElhinney

Canadiens at Coyotes: Carey Price vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Kings: Marc-Andre Fleury (unconfirmed) vs. Jonathan Quick (unconfirmed).

Canucks at Sharks: Eddie Lack vs. Antti Niemi

Video: Recently acquired Vermette scores shootout winner for Blackhawks


Playing in his second game for his new team, the Chicago Blackhawks, Antoine Vermette scored the winning goal in the shootout Friday.

The Blackhawks, down 1-0 through two periods, got a late third-period goal from Brent Seabrook and Vermette scored the lone goal in the skills competition in a 2-1 shootout win for Chicago.

The Blackhawks acquired Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes just prior to the trade deadline.

Corey Crawford made 46 saves, and Edmonton was unsuccessful in all three of its shootout attempts, for the win.

The Blackhawks are now six points back of the Nashville Predators, losers of five straight, for the Central Division.

“You always think it’s up for grabs,” Patrick Sharp told the Chicago Tribune.

“There are a lot of great teams in the Central but if you look at how things played out last year … St. Louis was doing well all season long and Colorado caught them the last week. You never know what happens. We are watching the standings. You do all season long, all 82 games, but the most important thing is how you’re playing as a team and that’s what we’re more focused on right now.”