Goalie nods: Lack to face Isles for first time since The Meltdown


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Eddie gets his shot at revenge

Remember the last time the Canucks faced the Islanders? If you don’t, a quick refresher:

Seven goals by seven different Islanders in the third period, erasing a 3-0 Vancouver lead while setting the following marks:

• Tied an NHL record for goals in a road period
• Set a club record for goals in a road period
• Tied a club record for goals in a period (7 vs NYR on 12/23/78)
• Tied a Canucks record for goals allowed in a period
• Set a club record for points in a road period, with 19 points in the 3rd
• Tied a club record for power play goals in a period, with three in the 3rd

On the hook for six of those seven goals? Canucks netminder Eddie Lack, who finished with just 21 saves on 27 shots.

“The guys played well enough in front of me,” Lack said, per the Vancouver Sun. “I think I have to make two or three saves there and I take responsibility for this loss.”

Tonight, the Isles are back in Vancouver and Lack will get the start, his first since Dec. 17. It promises to be a very interesting affair; Lack’s been tremendous over his last five appearances (eight goals on 134 shots, a .940 save percentage) but the Isles are coming in off a disappointing loss in Edmonton, and probably remember last year’s game quite well.

It’s also worth noting that, with Lack getting the start tonight, it’ll likely be Ryan Miller in goal for the Canucks tomorrow when the Florida Panthers are in town — which is projected to be Roberto Luongo’s first game back in Vancouver since last year’s trade.

No word yet on who the Isles will start in goal tonight.


Sabres at Devils: Jhonas Enroth vs. Cory Schneider

Sens at Flyers: Craig Anderson vs. Steve Mason

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

‘Canes at Preds: Cam Ward for Carolina, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Sharks at Wild: Darcy Kuemper for Minnesota, no word yet on a San Jose starter.

Blue Jackets at Stars: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas.

Avs at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Blues at Coyotes: Brian Elliott vs. Mike Smith

Wings at Oilers: Jimmy Howard vs. Viktor Fasth

Luongo says he’s fine after collision with Ovechkin (Update)


The Florida Panthers have been frisky this season, and Roberto Luongo’s been a big part of that. Hopefully he didn’t get hurt too badly on Sunday, then.

Luongo initially shook off a significant collision with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin late in the first period, but he didn’t return to action in the final frame. It looks like Al Montoya will take over for the remainder of the contest while an update may come sometime after the game’s over, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards.

About the best news is that he returned to the bench midway through the third period.

Update: Luongo, 35, said that he’s fine and just left the game for precautionary reasons, Richards reports.

There was no penalty on the play as Ovechkin collided with Luongo, who was trying to stop a chance in bold Dominik Hasek-like fashion.

Here’s video of the collision:

Goalie nods: Oilers hope Scrivens can maintain post-break high

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Oilers stick with streaking Scrivens

Almost nothing has gone right for the Edmonton Oilers this season and that includes their goaltending. Lost amid the Oilers’ seemingly never-ending struggles though is the fact that lately, Ben Scrivens has been doing a great job between the pipes. He’ll enter tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with a 1.99 GAA and .931 save percentage in four games since the holiday break.

His efforts played a key role in the Oilers earning a rare win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and he’s also helped Edmonton secure at least a point in three straight contests.

It’s not known who the Islanders will counter with, although Jaroslav Halak is a good bet.


Panthers at Capitals: Roberto Luongo will start for Florida, but Washington didn’t tip its hand ahead of the 3:00 p.m. ET start.

Lightning at Senators: Ben Bishop vs. Robin Lehner

Stars at Hawks: No word on who Dallas will start, but Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago.

Blue Jackets at Avalanche: Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov are the probable goaltenders, but neither has been confirmed.

Predators at Ducks: Similarly, we’ll likely see Pekka Rinne and Frederik Andersen play tonight, but that’s based on speculation rather than any indication from Nashville or Anaheim.

Goalie nods: Brodeur starts for Blues, Price goes for 200th win in 400th game


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Brodeur looks to build off of Monday’s shutout

There was talk before St. Louis’ game on Monday that it might be Martin Brodeur’s final start as Brian Elliott was on the verge of returning from a knee injury. However, after Brodeur posted a 16-save shutout against Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche, it was quickly determined that he would stay on the roster and play again.

Brodeur will get his next opportunity tonight against Anaheim, but his situation remains fragile given that the Blues have three healthy goaltenders on their roster, including Jake Allen.

The 42-year-old netminder will play against 25-year-old Frederik Andersen.

Price goes for win 200 in game 400

If Brodeur wins tonight it will be victory 692. He’s been so successful that it’s almost hard to wrap your head around just how incredible his win total is, but one way of doing so is by looking at his peers.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned 27 in August and has been one of the league’s top goaltenders for a little while now. He’s been dominate again this season with a 20-9-1 record, 2.19 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 30 games. If he reaches the 200-win mark tonight, it will be something worth celebrating and he’ll become one of just 10 active goaltenders to reach that milestones. And as far Brodeur, everyone is in his shadow, not just Price. He has nearly double the amount of career wins as the next highest active goalie (Roberto Luongo, 387).

Brodeur’s former squad, the New Jersey Devils, will be Montreal’s opponents tonight and will counter with Keith Kinkaid.


Panthers at Sabres: Roberto Luongo vs. Michal Neuvirth

Lightning at Penguins: Ben Bishop vs. Thomas Greiss

Flyers at Hurricanes: Steve Mason vs. Cam Ward

Leafs at Wild: Jonathan Bernier will start with Toronto; Darcy Kuemper is probable for Minnesota.

Oilers at Avs: There’s no word on who will start with Colorado, but Ben Scrivens will start for Edmonton.

Isles at Flames: Jaroslav Halak vs. Jonas Hiller

Goalie nods: Elliott returns, Brodeur isn’t done

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Elliott returns for the Blues

Brian Elliott will get his first start since Nov. 25 when the St. Louis Blues take on the Nashville Predators tonight.

The Blues signed Martin Brodeur to help fill the void while Elliott was sidelined with a knee injury. Brodeur was less than ideal in his efforts to fill the void, but the future Hall of Fame goaltender did post a 16-save shutout on Monday. That won’t be his last start either as the Blues have already penciled Brodeur in for either Friday or Saturday’s game, per their Twitter feed.

Meanwhile Jake Allen will serve as Elliott’s backup tonight as St. Louis tries to balance its three goaltenders.

Nashville will counter with Pekka Rinne.


Habs at Panthers: Carey Price will likely start against Roberto Luongo.

Kings at Oilers: Los Angeles hasn’t revealed its starter, but Edmonton will send out Ben Scrivens.

Canucks at Sharks: It’s not yet known who Vancouver will start; San Jose is expected to go with Alex Stalock.