Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Daniel Altshuller from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Goaltender Cam Ward has been placed on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Goalie Antti Raanta suffered a head injury when Marco Scandella's slap shot hit him square in the mask at 13:49 of the first period. The Rangers had no immediate update on Raanta's condition, other than acknowledging a head injury and the need to call up a goalie for Friday night's game at Winnipeg. Currently, Mackenzie Skapski, who started two games at Buffalo last season earning the nickname “The Buffalo Killer” from coach Alain Vigneault, is 2-5-0 in nine games with a 3.20 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage. Magnus Hellberg, who played one game for the Predators in 2013-14, is 8-8-0 in 18 games with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss three weeks with a lower body injury suffered in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Bobrovsky left the game w 5:35 remaining.
Curtis McElhinney becomes the Blue Jackets' starter through the rest of December, beginning Thursday in Winnipeg.
Coach Mike Yeo updated the Devan Dubnyk injury this morning and he described it as "good news."
The Wild goalie has a mild groin strain.
"We'll definitely keep him out for tomorrow and we'll see how he's feeling when we get back," Yeo said.
This is a three-game road trip, but the Wild returns from Denver after Monday's game. It will practice in Minnesota on Tuesday, take Wednesday off and practice in Arizona on Thursday. So there's a chance Dubnyk goes on the Arizona-San Jose back-to-back and starts one of the games, Yeo said.
"Next weekend is a possibility," Yeo said. "Where we're at in the season, we won't put him in the net if he's at risk of hurting himself and being out longer. Probably pretty good timing with the week that we have right now. We'll see if Duby is ready for practice when we get back [from Colorado]."
After Reimer aggravated his lower-body injury Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, the Leafs called up goalie Antoine Bibeau from the Marlies on Friday afternoon.
Bibeau left Rochester after 5 p.m. to join the Leafs on the road in St. Louis, according to a team spokesman. Sparks could make his third NHL start or Bibeau his first Saturday night against the Blues.
Tonight is another active night in the NHL. This is both good and bad, as there are guaranteed to be some lucrative goalies available on DraftKings. However, finding that stud can be difficult when there are so many different options available. Tonight poses an interesting assortment of options, as there is certainly a clear cut favorite for earning a win along with some viable alternatives in tournament games.
Anyone in search of a reliable goaltender to earn the win should look no further than
Montreal. The Canadiens continue to play well, and despite losing the worldclass goaltender
Carey Price, replacement Mike Condon has filled in admirably in his stead. Furthermore, the Habs draw the most favorable matchup of the night as they visit Carolina to undoubtedly defeat the Hurricanes. Anyone playing H2H, Double Ups, or 50/50 is well advised to capitalize on this mismatch. In fact, regardless of how you are competing, this is the obvious choice to rely on.
If you want a different look, however, there are a couple other viable options. Boston once again provides a solid option as they face a struggling Vancouver team, who has scored only three goals in their last three games despite taking 77 shots. However, this is not as strong of an advantage as the Bruins will be in the midst of a backtoback. Another viable option is the Penguins. Fleury, who is projected but not confirmed to start, has had an incredible season thus far. Expect him to build on that tonight as he faces a Kings team that has been hot and cold as far as goalscoring is concerned. Keep in mind though, that these are two considerable franchises facing off, and of the aforementioned games this is the least predictable.
Following the Canadiens' 3-2 shootout win over the Devils in New Jersey Friday night, RDS reported on its L'Antichambre show that goaltender Carey Price will be sidelined for a month with an injury to his right knee.