NHL news and notes: March 4

NHL news and notes: March 4

Sunday, March 4, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Tomas Vokoun, Nashville Predators - Vokoun is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Ducks, reports the Nashville Tennessean.

Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers - Biron is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Penguins, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News. He'll be the Flyers starting goalie for the rest of the year and probably for next season as well as the team will do whatever it can to re-sign him to a contract. Antero Niittymaki will probably return as the backup while Robert Esche will undoubtedly be allowed to walk away.

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

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - Osgood is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Avalanche, reports the Detroit Free Press. It will be the first time all year that he's made two consecutive starts.

Martin Gerber, Ottawa Senators - Gerber is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, reports the official Senators website.


The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche - Budaj is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Red Wings.

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - Ward is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Thrashers.

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

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

Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks - Toskala is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Stars. This all depends on Toskala's health as he's been banged up and battling the flu for about the past week.

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars - Turco is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Sharks.

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins - Thomas is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Devils. Coach Dave Lewis indicated that he'll wait until this morning to decide if Thomas will start consecutive games but we wouldn't bet against him especially after the strong performance on Saturday.

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils - Brodeur is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Bruins.

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

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild - Backstrom is the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Canucks. He reportedly practiced without any limitations on Saturday and is set to dress and possibly start, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Manny Fernandez is listed as doubtful.

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


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Hockey Today - March 4
Sat, Mar 3, 2007
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Nashville at Anaheim (8 p.m. EST). The Ducks trail the Predators by three points for first place in the Western Conference. The Preds are listed as +125 road underdogs.

STARS Friday

-Eric Belanger, Thrashers, had two goals to help Atlanta end a five-game home losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Ottawa.

-Michael Ryan, Sabres, scored the first two goals of his NHL career in Buffalo's 8-5 win over Montreal.

MILESTONES

Sidney Crosby became the youngest NHL player to reach 200 career points with a goal in the first period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to Carolina on Friday night. The 19-year-old leads the league with 98 points, and is well on his way to his second consecutive season with at least 100. Wayne Gretzky is the only other teenager to reach 200 points, reaching the mark shortly before his 20th birthday. ... Niklas Lidstrom got his 200th goal in Detroit' 6-2 win over Chicago. Lidstrom's goal was also the 100th of his career on the power play.

STILL SHARP

Buffalo improved to 9-0-1 in its past 10 games at home with Friday's 8-5 win over Montreal. With the victory, the Sabres took over the top spot in the league with 91 points, passing idle Nashville.

BIG DIFFERENCE

Carolina improved to 17-13-4 at home with a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Last season, the Hurricanes were 31-8-2 at home en route to their first Stanley Cup victory.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Dany Heatley scored twice on the power play for his 39th and 40th goals of the season in Ottawa's 4-2 loss to Atlanta. ... Mike Modano earned his 497th career goal in Dallas' 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus, leaving him five behind Joe Mullen for the all-time record among U.S.-born players. ... Jason Williams scored both goals in Chicago's 6-2 loss to Detroit. Williams was playing in his first game at Joe Louis Arena since being traded from the Red Wings to the Blackhawks on Monday.

INJURED

Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle was taken to the hospital after being blind-sided by New Jersey's Cam Janssen in the second period of the Maple Leafs' 4-3 shootout win Friday night. Kaberle made an uncontested pass in his own zone and was skating backward toward the Devils' bench when Janssen checked him to the head about three seconds later. The hit was not called a penalty by referees Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson. A Maple Leafs official said Kaberle was alert in the locker room and will be held at the hospital for observation.

SPEAKING

''You can't have the best players on the ice and someone taking liberties like that. It's unacceptable. Hopefully, they (the NHL) sees the tape and do something. It's not the hit, it's the fact it's 10 seconds late.'' - Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft. Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle was taken to the hospital after being blind-sided by New Jersey's Cam Janssen in the second period of the Maple Leafs' 4-3 shootout win Friday night.

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New Jersey forward Cam Janssen was suspended for three games by the NHL on Saturday for his late hit on Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

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