NHL news and notes: March 8

NHL news and notes: March 8

Thursday, March 8, 2007


The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild - Backstrom is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Bruins, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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

Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators
- Emery is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, reports the official Senators website.

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

Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens - Halak is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Thrashers, reports TSN.

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

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 Wild.

Ed Belfour, Florida Panthers - Belfour 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 Panthers.

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Dallas Stars - Smith is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blues. Coach Dave Tippett wouldn't divulge his starting goalie but said there was a good chance that Smith and Marty Turco would split starts the next two days. However, he did say that there was also a small chance that one of the two goalies could get both starts. Thanks for that wonderful insight, Tippett.

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

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

Tomas Vokoun, Calgary Flames - Vokoun is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Flames.

Danny Sabourin, Vancouver Canucks - Sabourin is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Coyotes. Coach Alain Vigneault plans to start Sabourin once this week and we're taking a guess that it will be tonight against the Coyotes. The other possibility is tomorrow against the Sharks .

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


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Pronger to miss 2 weeks with broken toe
Wed, Mar 7, 2007
By Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger will be out about two weeks because of a broken bone in his toe.

He was injured during a post-game workout Sunday night, the team said Wednesday.

Pronger had an X-ray Tuesday night, which revealed the break. He was at the Ducks' arena Wednesday to receive treatment.

Pronger has endured various mishaps in his first season with the Ducks since being traded from Edmonton.

He broke his left foot when he blocked a shot against Minnesota on Dec. 31 and returned Jan. 28 after missing nine games.

Last month, Pronger was struck in the face and throat by Lubomir Visnovsky's slap shot in a game against the Los Angeles Kings, but the injury wasn't serious.

He has 11 goals, 42 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 58 games.

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Four Blue Jackets players out for season
Wed, Mar 7, 2007
By Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without four top players - and possibly a fifth - for the rest of the season.

General manager Doug MacLean said Wednesday that goaltender Pascal Leclaire (knee), defensemen Duvie Westcott (concussion) and Bryan Berard (back), and forward Dan Fritsche (lacerated wrist) will miss the Blue Jackets' final 16 games.

MacLean said Berard is out indefinitely with a recurring back problem that caused him to miss the second half of last season and most of this campaign.

Team captain Adam Foote has a high ankle sprain and might also sit out the rest of the way, MacLean said.

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Hockey Today - March 8
Thu, Mar 8, 2007
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N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders (7:30 p.m. EST). Rick DiPietro made a franchise-record 56 saves in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers on Monday night.

STARS Wednesday

-David Vyborny, Blue Jackets, scored the tying goal in the third period, then the game-winner with 21.4 seconds left in overtime of Columbus' 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

-Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning, scored twice - his NHL-leading 44th and 45th goals - in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win over Edmonton.

SUPER STREAK

Paul Stastny set up two goals in Colorado's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Wednesday night to extend his point streak to 17 games and match an NHL rookie record set in 1993 by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne.

SLUMPING

Edmonton has dropped five straight games overall and four in a row since dealing forward Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders at the NHL trade deadline.

COYOTE TRAP

Anaheim beat Phoenix 2-1 Wednesday night for its 10th straight home victory over the Coyotes. The Ducks are 16-1-1 with a tie in the last 18 matchups between the teams and have taken six of the first seven meetings this season.

VEGAS VISIT

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle traveled to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with the mayor and discuss the possibility of relocating the team there. On Thursday, Burkle and co-owner Mario Lemieux will meet with state, county and local officials in Philadelphia to try to resolve differences over plans for a new arena in Pittsburgh. The Penguins issued a letter Monday saying the team planned to actively pursue relocation, blaming government officials for failing to reach a deal to build a new arena in Pittsburgh.

SPEAKING

''Hopefully somebody will have some kind of magical healing period. We need to see a witch doctor or something.'' - Edmonton's Jason Smith after Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Already down eight players going into the game, the Oilers lost two more when defensemen Steve Staios (knee) and Jan Hejda (shoulder) left the game and did not return

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