NHL news and notes: March 1

NHL news and notes: March 1

Hockey Today - March 1
Thu, Mar 1, 2007
By Associated Press


St. Louis at N.Y. Islanders (7:30 p.m. EST). Ryan Smyth makes his debut with the Islanders after being acquired on Tuesday's trading deadline.

STARS

Wednesday

-Jason Spezza and Ray Emery, Senators. Spezza had a goal and an assist and Emery stopped all 27 shots he faced in Ottawa's 2-0 win over Carolina.

-Robyn Regehr and Jarome Iginla, Flames. Regehr scored the tying goal with 4:31 left in regulation and Iginla had the lone shootout tally to give Calgary a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

-J.P. Dumont, Predators, scored the deciding goal in the shootout that gave Nashville a 4-3 win at San Jose.

SWEPT

Ottawa swept its home-and-home series with Carolina after a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night. The Senators won 4-2 at Carolina on Tuesday behind backup - and former Hurricanes goalie - Martin Gerber.

TIGHT RACE

Calgary moved one point ahead of Minnesota and into a tie with Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division after its 2-1 shootout win over the Wild on Wednesday night.

TOOTHLESS SHARKS

San Jose lost for the sixth time in eight games with Wednesday night's 4-3 shootout defeat to Nashville.

SURGERY

St. Louis forward Martin Rucinsky is out indefinitely following hip surgery. Rucinsky, who missed eight games because of the injury, had a torn labrum in his left hip repaired.

SPEAKING

''It's been a while since I've had a normal game.'' - Ottawa goalie Ray Emery after making 27 saves in Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Carolina. Emery last appeared in a game on Feb. 22, when he was ejected for fighting against Buffalo after he returned from a three-game league suspension.

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Thursday March 1st

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Mike Smith, Dallas Stars - Smith is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Panthers, reports the Dallas Morning News. Marty Turco will get the call tomorrow against the Blue Jackets. If you pay attention to our weekly planner, you probably saw us guess this way back on Monday morning.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins - Fleury is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Rangers, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

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

Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers - Biron is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Bruins.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Lundqvist is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Penguins.

Johan Holmqvist, Tampa Bay Lightning - Holmqvist is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Capitals.

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

Curtis Sanford, St. Louis Blues - Sanford is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Islanders.

Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders - DiPietro is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blues.

Ed Belfour, Florida Panthers - Belfour is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Stars.

Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche - Budaj is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks.

Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks - Khabibulin is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Avalanche.

Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
- Harding is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Oilers. Niklas Backstrom left yesterday's game after one period due to an apparent sore groin, so we'll stick with Harding for now.

Dwayne Roloson, Edmonton Oilers
- Roloson is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Wild.

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

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks - Luongo is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Coyotes.

Ilya Bryzgalov, Anaheim Ducks - Bryzgalov is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Kings. Considerable uncertainty here as the Ducks play back-to-back games but Bryzgalov already received a start this past Monday. However, we'll put him down as the likely starter based on the fact that he was terrific in a 3-2 win by stopping 40 shots.

Mathieu Garon, Los Angeles Kings - Garon is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Ducks.


General goalie news:

Manny Legace, St. Louis Blues - Legace had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to clean up cartilage in his right knee and will miss at least two weeks, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Blues aren't saying if Legace will miss the rest of the regular season, but with knee surgery for a goalie no matter how minor, that certainly has to be a possibility. Curtis Sanford will handle the bulk of starting duties in his absence but coach Andy Murray probably wouldn't hesitate to turn to Jason Bacashihua if Sanford falters.

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Red Wings forward and leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg is expected to be out two to three weeks with an inflamed disk in his back.

Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire, who entered this season as Columbus' top goaltender, will miss the rest of the season with knee problems.

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