Oilers' Scrivens Garners Nod Saturday
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News: Ben Scrivens
will be in the cage for Saturday's game against the Flames, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
After a capable showing Thursday against the Sabres during which he allowed two goals on 20 shots, Ben Scrivens
will earn a second consecutive nod. The Oilers have been playing better hockey since the calendar turned to 2015, but it's still difficult to count on Scrivens for wins against the NHL's elite teams, and even middle-of-the-pack squads like the Flames. Scrivens' value is further hindered by the Oilers seemingly adopting a timeshare in goal, as Viktor Fasth has kept his name salient in the battle for starting duties.
News: Craig Anderson
(hand) resumed skating Saturday morning, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Craig Anderson
remains unavailable for a second straight game Saturday against the Coyotes, but his return to the ice affirms that his injury is in the day-to-day category. He'll likely increase his activity during practices the next two days in preparation for a return to action Tuesday against the Devils.
Preds' Mazanec Gives Up Two Goals In Loss
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News: Marek Mazanec
gave up two goals on 27 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado.
It was a good effort from Marek Mazanec
, who got no offensive support in the shutout loss. It was the first start of the season for the 23-year-old, who had been giving way to Carter Hutton in Pekka Rinne's (knee) absence. Considering Hutton has given up seven goals in his last two starts, Mazanec could be worth a temporary pick-up until Rinne returns.
Avs' Varlamov Makes 23 Saves, Blanks Predators
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News: Semyon Varlamov
stopped all 23 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Nashville.
A perfect outing for the workhorse, who has started 14 of the Avs' past 15 games. Semyon Varlamov
is now 13-10-7 on the season with a .922 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. He's delivered some consistency play of late, allowing more than three goals just once in his last 10 appearances. Considering he's starting almost every game for an Avs team that has picked up at least one point in six of their last seven games, Varlamov is a great own in almost all formats.
Sharks Rolling With Niemi On Saturday
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News: Antti Niemi
will be between the pipes for Saturday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi
has faced a bear of a schedule lately. After drawing a loss to a surprisingly competitive Flames squad two Saturdays ago, he was able to outlast the Kings and Ducks his last two times out. He'll have difficulty sustaining that winning streak against the Blackhawks and their impressive attack, which has generated at least three goals in four of its last five games. It might be worthwhile for Niemi's owners to explore other goalie options for Saturday's slate.
Coyotes' Domingue Recalled From Minors
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News: Louis Domingue
was recalled from AHL Portland on Saturday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Louis Domingue
has made 13 appearances for Portland this season, producing a 8-4-1 record, 2.40 GAA and .922 save percentage. It's unclear if he'll stick around with the Coyotes much further beyond the weekend, but however long the duration of his stay, don't expect him to see much -- if any -- action behind No. 1 twinetender Mike Smith.
Coyotes Send McKenna Back To Minors
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News: Mike McKenna
was reassigned to AHL Portland on Saturday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Mike McKenna
didn't see any action during his two-game stay with the Coyotes. A similar fate will likely await Louis Domingue, who was recalled from the minors in a corresponding move. The Coyotes appear content to lean heavily on No. 1 goalie Mike Smith throughout the second half.
Red Wings' Howard Unlikely For Road Trip
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News: Jimmy Howard
(groin) isn't expected to be activated from injured reserve during the Red Wings' forthcoming three-game road trip, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
If that's indeed the case, it would push Jimmy Howard
's return back to no sooner than mid-February. The netminder has been able to skate a few times this week, but has yet to receive clearance to resume practicing.
News: Jonas Gustavsson
(shoulder) was activated from injured reserve and loaned to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday for a conditioning stint.
The Red Wings cleared up a 23-man roster spot for Jonas Gustavsson
by waiving Brian Lashoff, but the goalie likely won't be available for action with the big club until next week. He'll man the net Saturday for Grand Rapids in what will mark his first game in three months. The conditioning stint is only expected to last one game, with Tom McCollum set to be reassigned to the AHL club once Gustavsson rejoins the Red Wings. Gustavsson's first start could come as soon as Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
Stars' Lehtonen Lined Up To Start Saturday
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News: Kari Lehtonen
was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus on track to start Saturday's game against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen
has allowed three goals in both of the outings since the All-Star break, taking a loss in one (against Montreal) and winning the other (against Ottawa). Such performances have been par for the course for Lehtonen, who has ridden a stellar offense to a 20-11-7 record despite his ugly ratios (2.99 GAA, .903 save percentage). He'll match up Saturday against Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson, who has performed as one of the league's top goalies this season.