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Goalie nods: Berra makes Avs debut, Reimer goes again

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men

Switzerland goaltender Reto Berra looks for the rebound against Sweden in the second period of a men’s ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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News and notes from around the crease...

Berra debuts

Swiss goalie Reto Berra will make his first start for Colorado since coming over from Calgary at the trade deadline when the Avs take on the Jets in Winnipeg.

Berra, 27, went 9-17-2 with the Flames this year, posting a .897 save percentage and 2.95 GAA. Despite those less-than-stellar numbers, the Avs clearly saw something they liked as they traded a second-round pick to acquire Berra, then immediately signed him to a three-year contract extension.

For the Jets, Al Montoya will make his third straight start in place of injured No. 1 Ondrej Pavelec.

Remier in for Leafs

After rumblings Toronto might turn to third-stringer Drew MacIntyre, James Reimer will get the nod tonight against Tampa Bay.

Following Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Detroit, Reimer was a hot topic of conversation when his agent tweeted out “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t seem all that impressed with Reimer’s body of work against Detroit, but saw enough to give him the start against the Bolts.

Speaking of Tampa Bay, Ben Bishop will get the call in goal.


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Predators at Canucks: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, no word yet on a Preds starter.