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NHL news and notes: March 2

NHL news and notes: March 2

Friday, March 2, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:


Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
- Brodeur is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Maple Leafs, reports the New York Post. He'll go after his 40th win of the season, which if accomplished, will mark the sixth time he has broken that barrier. No other goalie in NHL history has more than three.

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

Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators
- Emery is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Thrashers, reports the official Senators website.

Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets - Norrena is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Stars, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Brian Boucher is likely to get the start Saturday against the Coyotes.

Patrick Lalime, Chicago Blackhawks - Lalime is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Red Wings, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars
- Turco is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks - Giguere is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Sharks, reports AM 830 radio. As we suspected, Ilya Bryzgalov started last night for a second straight game not only because he was rewarded for an earlier strong start but because Giguere is obviously being saved for the Sharks.


The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Cam ward, Carolina Hurricanes - Ward is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Penguins.

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

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

Dominik Hasek, Detroit Red Wings
- Hasek is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Blackhawks.

David Aebischer, Montreal Canadiens - Aebischer is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Sabres. There's finally some good news for Aebischer - that being that the team picked up Michael Leighton off waivers. Leighton, who is only in Montreal as an insurance policy likely because of Cristobal Huet's injury. In addition, we figure Leighton will stick around to back up Aebischer as he needs to clear waivers if he is to be sent down to the minors whereas Jaroslav Halak does not.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - Miller is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Canadiens.

Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks - Toskala is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Ducks. The Sharks must be confident in his health if they traded away Nolan Schaefer without calling another netminder up.


General goalie news:

Pascal Leclaire, Columbus Blue Jackets - Leclaire will miss the rest of the season because of stiffness and swelling in his left knee, reports the Columbus Dispatch. He had surgery December 28 to repair torn cartilage and while it was originally hoped that he would only miss a couple of weeks due to the injury, most people believed that he was done for the year - especially given the fact that the Blue Jackets aren't and won't be competing for a playoff spot.

Year-to-date: 1835 / 1930 = 95.1%

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Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings - Bertuzzi was present at the Wings practice yesterday and surprised the coaching staff by participating in some physical drills, reports the Detroit News. He's still recovering from back surgery but is hopeful of making his Red Wing debut in 2-3 weeks.

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings - Zetterberg's back injury has been deemed more serious than initially thought, reports the Detroit News. He is expected to miss two to three weeks with an inflamed herniated disc after tests Wednesday showed the inflammation. One of the NHL's hottest players over the past few weeks, the Wings will no doubt take little chance with their star as they are probably only hoping that he's 100% ready for the playoffs.

Chris Drury, Buffalo Sabres
- Drury, who suffered a concussion last Thursday against Ottawa, will miss at least two more games, reports the Buffalo News. He rode a stationary bike Wednesday in Buffalo and is expected to skate on his own today but coach Lindy Ruff ruled him out of both weekend games.

Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres - Briere, who was flattened by the flu just prior to Tuesday's 6-1 victory in Toronto, skipped practice Wednesday. Ruff said Briere was feeling better, but there was no guarantee the center would be ready by Friday, reports the Buffalo News.

Martin Straka, New York Rangers
- Straka, out with an injured shoulder, didn't skate on Thursday and looks doubtful for Friday's game against the Penguins, reports the New York Newsday. "It is tight and there's some aching in there, he's got a floater or two. One of those things that will require a little more attention in the offseason," said coach Tom Renney, who hopes Straka is able to play Saturday against the Blues.

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Hockey Today - March 2
Fri, Mar 2, 2007
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Ottawa at Atlanta (7 p.m. EST). The Senators have won eight of nine (8-0-1) to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

STARS

Thursday

-Scottie Upshall, Flyers, scored with 9.9 seconds left in overtime to lift Philadelphia to a 4-3 win at Boston.

-Nick Tarnasky, Lightning, scored the lone shootout goal in the 10th round to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win at Washington.

-Josh Harding, Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik, Wild. Harding stopped 30 shots and Demitra and Gaborik had two goals and an assist apiece to lead Minnesota to a 5-0 win at Edmonton.

-Markus Naslund, Canucks, scored with 4:14 left in the third period to lift Vancouver to a 4-3 win over Phoenix.

EXTRA, EXTRA

Florida has been in overtime in five of its past six games, including Thursday night's 2-1 win over Dallas. ... Washington went to overtime for the seventh time in 10 games in its 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay. The Capitals are 1-10 in shootouts this season.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Boston got 51 saves from Tim Thomas Thursday night, but still fell to Philadelphia in overtime 4-3. The Bruins have allowed more than 50 shots on goal in two of their last three games. ... Bill Thomas scored his first two of the season on the power play for Phoenix in a 4-3 loss at Vancouver.

COSTLY PENALTIES

For the second time in five games, Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer took a penalty in overtime that resulted in a goal. On Thursday night, he was penalized for interference 39 seconds into the extra session and Mike Cammalleri scored to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win. Vancouver's Daniel Sedin also made him pay on Feb. 20.

PLAYING FOR PRIDE

St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games (6-1-0) after its 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. When Mike Kitchen coached the Blues from the start of the season, the collective plus-minus total of the team was -96. Since Andy Murray took over, the team, the roster is a plus-50.

CLOSE GAMES

Each of the first seven meetings between Los Angeles and Anaheim this season have been decided by one goal, including the Kings' 4-3 overtime win on Thursday night. The Ducks have won five of them. The final meeting of the season is March 18 in Anaheim.

GOALIE SHUFFLE

Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire, limited to 24 games this season because of injuries, will miss the rest of the season with knee problems. Fredrik Norrena has taken over as the starter with Brian Boucher, recently claimed off waivers from Chicago, as his backup.

SPEAKING

''I would do anything for this team to win. I didn't feel very comfortable doing that ... I knew other guys were better than me. Now I had no choice to go. I wanted to go. I knew I was going to go.'' - New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr on participating in the shootout in Thursday night's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. Jagr was roundly criticized for declining to take part in the tiebreaker against New Jersey on Feb. 22 when New York lost.

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Red Wings G Dominik Hasek is out (thigh) of tonight's game, and G Chris Osgood is now expected to start.

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