Goalie nods: Mason out 2-3 weeks, Howard backs up tomorrow

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All the latest from the crease…

Flyers lose Mason, again

Steve Mason will be out 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, per the Courier-Post. News of the timetable comes just two days after Mason exited Sunday’s win over Washington following a setback with his knee, which has caused the 26-year-old problems all season long.

With Mason out, Ray Emery will assume starting duties with 21-year-old Anthony Stolarz backs up. Stolarz is with the team because Rob Zepp, who’s appeared in six games for the Flyers this season, is currently hurt with AHL Lehigh Valley.

Jimmy’s back

On the other end of the injured goalie spectrum, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will dress for the first time in over a month when the Wings take on the Penguins tomorrow.

Howard, who hurt his groin on Jan. 10 against Washington, will serve as Petr Mrazek’s backup and could return to the crease in Detroit’s following game on Saturday against Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old’s return will be a welcome one. Howard was playing extremely well at the time of his injury, going 16-7-7 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 save percentage, with two shutouts.

Elsewhere…

Stars at Bruins: Niklas Svedberg for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Ottawa at Buffalo: Robin Lehner vs. Jhonas Enroth

Oilers at Isles: Viktor Fasth vs. Jaroslav Halak

Flyers at Habs: Ray Emery vs. Carey Price

Ducks at Panthers: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Roberto Luongo

Coyotes at Blues: Mike Smith vs. Jake Allen

Bolts at Preds: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Pekka Rinne

Wild at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word on a Minnesota starter.

PHT Morning Skate: The Curse of Columbus, plus Niskanen vs. Laughton

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Do you think the Columbus Blue Jackets might be literally cursed considering all of those injuries? This is the column for you. (Columbus Dispatch)

Is it finally time for the Arizona Coyotes to trade Keith Yandle? (SBNation)

The 10 worst signings of this season. (The Hockey News)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has some bite to his game, as evidenced in this fight with Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton:

Nifty moment here as St. Louis Blues captain David Backes literally passes Jaden Schwartz’s stick to him in the heat of game action:

Video: Hossa, Blackhawks double up the Blues

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Marian Hossa scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the St. Louis Blues 4-2 Sunday afternoon.

Hossa’s first goal, midway through the third, stood to be the game-winner. He added the insurance marker into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining.

“I just tried to finish it,” said Hossa of his first goal. “That was a set play and I’m glad it worked.”

With the win, the Blackhawks move to within four points of the Blues for second spot in the Central Division. Chicago concluded its season-long seven game road trip with a 4-3-0 record.

Marcus Kruger and Bryan Bickell had the other Blackhawks goals. Brandon Saad had two assists.

“I think we stepped up a little bit, played better,” Kruger said of finishing the road trip with back-to-back wins. “We knew we were in a spot and we want to be in a different spot.”

Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the win.

Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes had the Blues goals. Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots in the loss.

“I thought in the third period we looked tired, played tired,” said Blues’ coach Ken Hitchcock. “Whether it was what they did or what we did, I think a lot of it was us having to come back in the game. The whole game today, we had to mount a comeback. We ended up exerting a lot of energy, probably shortened our bench a little bit more than we normally do.”

Chicago has now won two straight against St. Louis.

The two teams meet up again April 5 in Chicago.

Video: Tarasenko gets the Blues on the board with a beauty

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Vladimir Tarasenko got the St. Louis Blues on the board this afternoon with a highlight-reel goal.

The 23-year-old picked up a Jaden Schwartz feed and finished off the breakaway with a nice backhanded deke on Corey Crawford for his 28th of the season.

Tarasenko now has four goals in his last five games.

Video: Blues’ Reaves takes Teravainen’s skate to the mouth

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St. Louis Blues’ Ryan Reaves took Teuvo Teravainen’s skate to the mouth midway through the first period this afternoon.

Reaves hauled down the Blackhawks’ rookie, and while Teravainen was falling, his skate came up and caught Reaves.

The Blues forward received a minor penalty for interference on the play, but went straight to the Blues’ room for repairs.

The Blackhawks, who were already up 1-0, failed to add to their lead on the man advantage.

Reaves returned for the conclusion of the first period.