NHL news and notes: February 21

NHL news and notes: February 21

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - Osgood is the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, reports WDFN 1130. The Detroit News is speculating that Dominik Hasek will get the start, but we'll stick with Osgood for now. Check back later for an update though.

Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks
- Khabibulin is the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Patrick Lalime will start Thursday and Khabibulin will return to the net on Sunday. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks
- Toskala is the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Capitals.

Brent Johnson, Washington Capitals
- Johnson is the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Sharks.

General goalie news:

Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens - Huet will miss the rest of the regular season due to a slight tear in his hamstring, reports TSN. He underwent surgery on Sunday and said his return will depend on the rehab, but he also said that he doesn't expect to be back before the playoffs. As bad as this sounds, Huet also stated that the injury wasn't as bad as doctors originally thought. David Aebischer will handle the majority of starting duties in Huet's absence but rookie Jaroslav Halak will get his chances as well.

Year-to-date: 1717 / 1808 = 95.0%

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Hockey Today - February 21
Wed, Feb 21, 2007
By Associated Press

Chicago at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST). Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat has eight goals in his last nine games. Oddsmakers list the Red Wings as -310 favorites. The total is set at 5 1/2.


-Paul Stastny, Avalanche, had two goals and an assist in Colorado's 4-3 victory over Calgary.

-Martin St. Louis, Lightning, scored the tying goal midway through the third and then tallied in the shootout, helping Tampa Bay beat Florida 3-2.

-Chris Higgins and Michael Ryder, Canadiens, each scored two goals as Montreal beat Washington 5-3.


Vancouver is 35-18-3 under Alain Vigneault, tying Tom Renney's record for most wins by a Canucks coach in his first season with the team, after Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim. Markus Naslund scored the tying goal in the third period giving him 20 this season. It's Naslund's eighth consecutive season with 20 or more goals, tying Stan Smyl's franchise record.


Minnesota won its league-leading 10th shootout and 15th overtime game Tuesday night, beating Dallas 2-1 in the tiebreaker. The Wild also ended their longest winless streak against any team after going 0-3-3 in its last six contests with the Stars.


Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist in Colorado's 4-3 win over Calgary on Tuesday night and has 53 points this season, breaking the Avalanche record for the most by a rookie. Former Colorado player Alex Tanguay, who now plays for Calgary, set the mark with 51 in the 1999-00 season. Stastny's father, Peter, has the franchise record - scoring 109 with Quebec during the 1980-81 season.


Tampa Bay has won 15 of 19 after Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout win over Florida. The Lightning are 11-3 in games that have been decided after regulation. ... St. Louis won its fourth consecutive game, 5-4 in a shootout against Columbus on Tuesday night. The Blues have 19 victories since Andy Murray took over as coach Dec. 12 when they were 7-17-4. St. Louis now has a .500 winning percentage for the first time since October 21 when a victory at Chicago gave the Blues a 3-3-2 record.


Michael Ryder scored Montreal's 16th short-handed goal of the season, breaking the team record set in 1995-96 and the Canadiens beat Washington 5-3 Tuesday night.


Ottawa's 4-3 shootout victory over Edmonton on Tuesday night was coach Bryan Murray's 600th career win. Murray reached the milestone in 1,199 games, and holds the distinction of being the longest-serving coach without a Stanley Cup. Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Dick Irvin and Pat Quinn are the only other coaches with 600.


The Flames and Avalanche have combined for 43 goals in five games this season after the Avalanche's 4-3 win over the Flames on Tuesday night.


Florida is 1-12 in games decided in overtime or a shootout after Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay.


''It means he is very old,'' - Daniel Alfredsson on Ottawa coach Bryan Murray, who earned his 600th career coaching victory with the Senators' 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton on Tuesday night.

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Avalanche's Leopold out 4 weeks with fractured wrist
Tue, Feb 20, 2007
By Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss approximately four weeks after tests revealed a fractured wrist, team officials said Tuesday.

Leopold, who hurt his wrist in the third period against Calgary last Thursday night, had the MRI exam on Monday. He is scheduled for surgery this week.

It's the third significant injury this season for Leopold. He missed the first 25 games of the season as he recovered from offseason hernia surgery and then another 17 games due to a groin injury he suffered in December.

Leopold has missed the last two games - both Avalanche losses - because of the wrist injury.

''Tough year,'' Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. ''Another tough blow.''

Defenseman Jeff Finger was called up from Albany of the AHL on Saturday and is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Calgary.

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