NHL Player News
Tuukka Rask will start in the crease Friday afternoon against the visiting Rangers.
Rask drawing the start against one of the league's top teams comes as no surprise. He's the No. 1 goalie for the B's and backup puck stopper Jonas Gustavsson worked an overtime win in their last game against the Red Wings on Wednesday. Rask carries a 2.94 GAA and .900 save percentage into Friday's tilt.
Jiri Tlusty has been retroactively placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Given the retroactive status of the transaction, Tlusty probably will not be on IR for long. He last played Nov. 20 and has one more day before becoming eligible to return. The New Jersey Devils play the Canadiens on Saturday for the second leg of a back-to-back.
Jarred Tinordi is heading down to St. John's of the American Hockey League for a two-week conditioning stint, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Tinordi has been on Montreal's roster all season, but hasn't played in a game since the exhibition season. He certainly needs the work. It will give Tinordi a chance to prove he deserves to play in Montreal or to show another NHL team he has something to offer. His future with the Habs remains cloudy, but general manager Marc Bergevin doesn't want to risk losing him on waivers, which he'll need to do if he wants to assign Tinordi to St. John's, and hasn't been able to find a trading partner willing to meet his price.
Shawn Thornton is likely to be scratched from Friday night's contest against the Islanders, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
This item is mostly a heads up for Florida Panthers fans as Thornton has probably gone unnoticed in many fantasy leagues since he hasn't recorded a point in 12 games. He does have 35 PIM, however, so not all is lost.
Chad Johnson will start in net Friday, facing shots from the host Hurricanes, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reports.
Johnson has been very strong in goal in November, allowing six goals between five appearances, good for a .949 save percentage. The Buffalo Sabres are currently last (8-12-2) in the Atlantic Division, but Carolina only has two more points (20) than Buffalo, so Johnson gets a fairly even drawn Friday.
Dave Bolland appears destined to be scratched from Friday night's contest against the Islanders, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Bolland has four assists but just one goal in 18 games this season. The trouble with Bolland is that he's hardly getting any shots to fall based on a career-worst shooting percentage of 4.2 in 2015-16.
On Friday, Cory Schneider will work between the posts as the starter against the visting Canadiens, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Despite Schneider having seven years of NHL experience, he's only seen the Habs once in his career. Obviously, this is a tough draw with the Canadiens currently leading all teams in the league with 36 points in the standings.
Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal Friday night against the Penguins.
Bobrovsky has been one of the league's hottest netminders, reeling off wins in seven of his past nine games with a 1.90 GAA and .939 save percentage over that span. It's clear that the hiring of bench boss John Tortorella in late October has been a boon for Bob.
Karri Ramo will make his 12th consecutive start Friday night, facing the Coyotes on the road, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Ramo owns a 5-5-0 record, 2.71 GAA and .910 save percentage in November, numbers that are actually pretty good considering the Calgary Flames have had a tough time trying to score goals this season -- they rank 21st in that category with 2.41 scores per game.
Cam Talbot will start in the crease Friday night against the Red Wings, Jim Matheson of Edmonton Journal reports.
Talbot gave way to Anders Nilsson in the past four games, and seems to have lost out on the starting netminder gig that he owned entering the 2015-16 campaign. Given that Talbot has a 3-8-0 record, 3.09 GAA and .890 save percentage, he's generally considered a poor spot-starter in fantasy leagues.