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Goalie nods: Hutton starts for Preds, Lehtonen back for Stars


Some news and notes from the blue paint...

Hutton in for Rinne

With Pekka Rinne out for at least a month with a bacterial infection in his hip, the Preds will turn to backup Carter Hutton tonight against Winnipeg.

Hutton, 27, hasn’t played much this year -- just two games -- but does have experience against Winnipeg, thanks to a stellar 38-save outing in a 3-1 win over the Jets on Oct. 20.

Lehtonen returns

After missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, Kari Lehtonen will make his return to the Dallas goal on Thursday against Calgary.

The Stars have gone 1-4-0 since Lehtonen got hurt, so his return is a welcome one -- he was 2-1-0 with a 1.57 GAA and .953 save percentage prior to the lower-body ailment.


-- After a rough outing against Boston on Saturday (a 5-0 loss), Ben Bishop will be back in goal for Tampa tonight against Chicago. It’s no surprise the Bolts are going back to Bishop -- in his last game against the ‘Hawks, a 3-2 shootout win on Oct. 5, he stopped 37 shots in a game the Lightning were badly outplayed.

Cory Schneider will make his third straight start for the Devils on Thursday against his old team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut for the Rangers on Thursday against Philadelphia, in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist.

The Flames will go back to Karri Ramo on Thursday against Dallas. Ramo was in net for Monday’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles while Joey MacDonald was on the hook for Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Phoenix.