Goalie nods: Break out your backups
With one game already underway, here’s a look at who will be in net tonight around the league...
Their names are J(h)onas
Hiller is trying to make sure his team doesn’t drop two in a row to Eastern Conference opponents after losing in a shootout to Boston on Thursday night. Enroth, meanwhile, has been great for the struggling Sabres going 1-2-1 with a .939 save percentage. Goaltending hasn’t been the problem in Buffalo.
Mrazek tostart in Edmonton
Petr Mrazek was a call-up for the Detroit Red Wings yesterday and he’ll get the start in Edmonton against the Oilers.
Mrazek got the call when Jonas Gustavsson went down with a strained neck, This will be his third career start and first this season. He’ll go up against Edmonton’s Richard Bachman who is making his third appearance with the Oilers.
Budaj faces former team
Montreal’s Peter Budaj will make his first career start against his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, in Denver tonight. Doing so on the road against former Habs legend Patrick Roy’s team should give him plenty of motivation. Jean-Sebastien Giguere will start for Colorado.
-- Boston’s Chad Johnson gets the call on the road against the New York Islanders while Kevin Poulin likely goes for the hometown team.
The rest are all probables and subject to change.
-- Jaroslav Halak vs. former Blues farmhand Ben Bishop in Tampa Bay for Blues-Lightning
-- Justin Peters vs. Henrik Lundqvist in New York for Rangers-'Canes
-- Steve Mason vs, Martin Brodeur in New Jersey for Flyers-Devils (no fighting, please)
-- Scott Clemmensen vs. Braden Holtby in Washington for Panthers-Caps (no really, no fighting please)
-- Jonathan Bernier vs. Roberto Luongo in Vancouver for Leafs-'Nucks
-- Carter Hutton vs. Jonathan Quick in L.A. for Preds-Kings
-- Mike Smith vs. Antti Niemi in San Jose for ‘Yotes-Sharks