NHL news and notes: March 6

NHL news and notes: March 6

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild - Backstrom is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Manny Fernandez will finally make his return but will only dress as the backup. He should see action either Thursday against the Bruins or Friday against the Sabres.

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

Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers - Lehtonen is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils - Brodeur is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. He'll try a third time for win #40 this year and is still on pace to break Bernie Parent's single season record of 47 wins despite a recent slump.

Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators - Emery is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Penguins, 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 Tuesday's game against the Bruins.

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

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

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

Brent Johnson, Washington Capitals
- Johnson is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.

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

Tomas Vokoun, Nashville Predators - Vokoun is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings.

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - Osgood is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Predators. It wasn't explicitly stated, but Osgood should get the start as Dominik Hasek is targeting this weekend's game to make his return from a thigh injury.

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

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

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks - Nabokov is the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Wild. What's up with Vesa Toskala? Who knows? But Nabokov makes a pretty good start in weekly leagues as long as the starting gig all to himself. As for Toskala, he may have taken a step back as he wasn't even able to back Nabokov up the last game against the Stars.

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

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

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

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


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Tue, Mar 6, 2007
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Nashville at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST). The Red Wings trail the Predators by two points for the Central Division lead.

STAR - Monday

-Matt Cullen, Rangers, scored the only shootout goal in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.

NOT ENOUGH

Rick DiPietro stopped an Islanders-record 56 shots, but counterpart Henrik Lundqvist made the biggest save, denying Randy Robitaille in the shootout to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory Monday night. Billy Smith and Felix Potvin both stopped 55 shots as Islanders.

INCHING CLOSER

The New York Rangers recorded their second straight shootout victory Monday night, 2-1 over the New York Islanders. The Rangers are now in a 10th-place tie in the Eastern Conference, two places and two points behind Carolina and the playoff cutoff.

MOVING OUT?

The Penguins moved a step closer to leaving Pittsburgh, declaring on Monday an impasse in their new arena negotiations with state and local leaders and saying they will actively pursue relocation. The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close. It also increases the possibility the Penguins will be playing in Kansas City next season. In the letter, Lemieux and Burkle put the blame for the impasse on government officials, arguing they agreed to pay $120 million over 30 years to help build a $290 million arena and cover construction cost overruns, yet still have not reached a deal.

CLIPPED WING

Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be replaced in the lineup by right wing Darryl Bootland.

ON THE MEND

Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez is set to suit up on Tuesday and could be back in the lineup later this week, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. Fernandez has been on the shelf with a sprained knee since Jan. 30. He returned to practice Friday for the first time in 31 days and practiced again Monday.

SPEAKING

''It's my job to make as many saves as I can. I was able to do that for the most part,'' - Rick DiPietro after making an Islanders-record 56 saves before losing in the shootout to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Monday night.

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Holmstrom out indefinitely, Bootland recalled from Grand Rapids
Mon, Mar 5, 2007
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DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be replaced in the lineup by right wing Darryl Bootland.

Bootland was recalled Monday from the Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.

Detroit re-signed Holmstrom to a three-year deal on Feb. 17. In his 11th season, all with the Red Wings, he has 151 goals and 190 assists in 684 games. This season, he has 26 goals and 20 assists.

Bootland is the Griffins' all-time leader in penalty minutes with 1,027 in 281 games. This season he has 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points and 185 penalty minutes in 56 games.

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