News: Calvin Pickard
was assigned to AHL Lake Erie on Friday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Calvin Pickard
had been on hand for the last three games while Semyon Varlamov (groin) and Reto Berra (neck) dealt with injuries, but with both players now healthy, he'll head back to the minors. The 22-year-old Pickard predictably struggled in his first taste of NHL action, going 0-2 with a 3.65 GAA and .889 save percentage in his two appearances.
Lehtonen Will Start For Stars On Friday
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News: Kari Lehtonen
will get the start in net for the Stars on Friday against New Jersey, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen
has been hit and miss through five starts this season, and will bring his carry a 2.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage into Friday's showdown in Newark. The Devils have been surprising potent on offense in the early stages of the season, so it's far from a safe bet that Lehtonen will turn in a respectable outing Friday.
The Jets will stick with Ondrej Pavelec
in goal Friday against the Lightning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec
snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Tuesday, improving his season ratios (2.32 GAA, .913 save percentage) in the process. Though he has a middling 2-3-0 record on the season, Pavelec strong performance in the net and coach Paul Maurice's distrust of backup Michael Hutchinson should continue to give him plenty of security in his role as the Jets' No. 1 netminder.
Coach Patrick Roy confirmed Semyon Varlamov
(groin) as the Avs' starter Friday against the Canucks.
Analysis: Semyon Varlamov
will officially be activated from injured reserve prior to Friday's game, with Calvin Pickard likely heading back to AHL Lake Erie in a corresponding move. The goalie missed only three games due to the groin injury and should man the net for the entirety of Friday's game, barring an early scoring barrage by the Canucks.
Chicago's Crawford Could Skate In Next Day Or Two
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Coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday that Corey Crawford
(upper body) could begin skating in the next day or two, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
The Blackhawks continue to view Corey Crawford
's upper-body injury as short-term concern, with the team only ruling him out for their next two games thus far. With Crawford unavailable Thursday, Antti Raanta will make the start against the Predators. Raanta or call-up Scott Darling would then be called upon to man the net in the final game of the Blackhawks' road trip, which will take place Saturday in St. Louis.
Flames Go With Hiller On Thursday
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News: Jonas Hiller
has been confirmed as Thursday's starter in goal for the Flames' tilt with the Hurricanes, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports.
Coach Bob Hartley will continue to deploy his pattern of alternating starts between his two goalies, as Jonas Hiller
gets the nod after resting Tuesday against the Lightning. The Flames are expected to turn the net back over to Karri Ramo on Saturday, when the Capitals will come to town.
Sabres Will Start Enroth On Thursday
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News: Jhonas Enroth
will be in the crease Thursday against the Kings.
After backup Michal Neuvirth received the nod in Thursday's loss to the Ducks, Jhonas Enroth
will return to the net against a tough Kings squad on the road. Enroth may need to hold the opposition to one or fewer goals to give the Sabres any chance at salvaging a point Thursday.
Sharks' Niemi Gives Up Five, Loses To Jackets
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News: Antti Niemi
was tagged for five goals on 28 shots in Thursday's loss to the Jackets.
An ugly outing for Antti Niemi
, who was staked to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission, only to give up three unanswered goals in the second period, then was bailed out by two more goals in the third period to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead... which he then surrendered in the latter half of the period, capped by Mark Letestu's goal with 21 seconds remaining. Niemi's now been lit up for 16 goals in his last four starts. With the offense-starved Sabres coming up next on the schedule (Saturday), Niemi's fantasy owners will have to hope that the Sharks keep him in the lineup rather than going to Alex Stalock.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky
allowed four goals on 37 shots, but the Jackets mounted comebacks from 2-0 and 4-3 deficits to end up with a 5-4 win Thursday against the Sharks.
It's nice to see the offense pick Bob up on a day when he wasn't at his best. The four goals represent a season high for Sergei Bobrovsky
, who had generally hewn pretty close to his 2012-13 Vezina Trophy form over the season's first five games. With another game coming right up on Friday and Curtis McElhinney on IR, the Jackets may roll out Anton Forsberg for his NHL debut.
News: Jonathan Quick
stopped 29 of 29 shots for his second shutout in three games and fourth consecutive win Thursday against the Sabres.
The 1-7 Sabres are in a horrible downward spiral, and Jonathan Quick
and the Kings were only too happy to take advantage Thursday. Quick has unsurprisingly looked like one of the best goalies in the league so far in this young season, so keep rolling him out with confidence.