NHL news and notes: February 26

NHL news and notes: February 26

Monday, February 26, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

David Aebischer, Montreal Canadiens - Aebischer is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Maple Leafs, reports RDS.

The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers - Lehtonen is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Bruins.

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins - Thomas is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Thrashers.

Andrew Raycroft, Toronto Maple Leafs - Raycroft is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Canadiens.

Curtis Joseph, Phoenix Coyotes - Joseph is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Flames.

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames - Kiprusoff is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Coyotes.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks - Giguere is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Sharks.

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks - Nabokov is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Ducks.


General goalie news:

Hannu Toivonen, Boston Bruins - Toivonen was assigned to Providence of the AHL on Sunday, clearing the way for former Red Wing, Joey MacDonald, to serve as Tim Thomas' backup for likely the rest of the season, reports the Boston Globe. Toivonen's future with the Bruins is up in the air as he was inconsistent this year and saw Tim Thomas build upon his finish last year to establish himself as the team's #1 goalie. Thomas's job is safe for the rest of the season, as the newly picked up MacDonald is only there to give him a breather now and again.

Year-to-date: 1782 / 1876 = 95.0%

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Monday's NHL betting news & notes
Mon, Feb 26, 2007
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Anaheim at San Jose (10 p.m. EST). The Sharks trail the Ducks by three points in the Pacific Division.

STARS - Sunday

-Andy McDonald, Ducks, had two goals and an assist in Anaheim's 5-3 win over Colorado.

-Martin Havlat, Blackhawks, had a goal and two assists, and Chicago beat St. Louis 5-1.

-Brad Richards, Lightning, had a goal and three assists in Tampa Bay's 5-1 win over Pittsburgh.

TRADE TIME

St. Louis traded forward Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta on Sunday, getting forward Glen Metropolit, a first-round draft pick in 2007 and two other picks in return. Tkachuk, a four-time All-Star, has 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points, second most on the Blues. The Thrashers previously acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night for former first-round draft pick Braydon Coburn. ... San Jose acquired defenseman Craig Rivet from Montreal for defenseman Josh Gorges and its first-round draft pick this summer. Rivet, the Canadiens longest-tenured player, has spent his entire 12-year career with Montreal.

STREAKING

Tampa Bay is 17-4-1 in its last 22 contests after a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Lightning have a 12-game winning streak against the Penguins. ... Nashville improved to 7-0 against Columbus this season with a 4-3 shootout win over the Blue Jackets.

LONG TIME COMING

New Jersey goalie Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves, leading the Devils past Washington 3-2 on Sunday for his first victory since March 24, 2006. It was Clemmensen's second start of the year and first appearance since Dec. 14. Martin Brodeur got the first 38 wins for the Devils, the most consecutive wins for a goalie to start a season in NHL history.

CLIMBING

Joe Sakic's goal in Colorado's 5-3 loss to Anaheim on Sunday night was the 601st of his career, tying Jari Kurri for 16th place on the NHL list.

SNAPPED

Colorado's Karlis Skrastins had his NHL-record consecutive games streak among defensemen snapped Sunday night at 495 when he sat out against Anaheim because of a knee injury. Skrastins, who broke Tim Horton's mark of 486 on Feb. 8, hadn't missed a game since Feb. 18, 2000, when he was the Nashville Predators. Vancouver's Brendan Morrison now holds the league's longest current streak for any position at 492 games. ... Chicago beat St. Louis 5-1, snapping a five-game losing streak. ... Dallas beat Vancouver 2-1 in overtime, snapping the Canucks' six-game winning streak. ... Jody Shelley scored his first goal in 73 games - dating to March 15, 2006 - in Columbus' 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville.

SPEAKING

''I was kind of hoping my first win (of the year) wouldn't be in February, but so be it.'' - New Jersey goalie Scott Clemmensen after the Devils' 3-2 victory over Washington on Sunday. Clemmensen - in his second start of the year and first appearance since Dec. 14 - made 23 saves for his first victory since March 24, 2006.

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