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  • Robin Lehner G | NYI

    Islanders' Robin Lehner: Implied starter Tuesday

    Lehner is listed in the "Players to watch" section in Scott King of NHL.com's preview of the Islanders versus the Blackhawks game on Tuesday, so look for him to draw the road start.

    Lehner shut out the Ducks in Sunday's game, and now he'll go to work against a Blackhawks team with a home record of 9-10-6. With a 15-7-3 record, 2.02 GAA and .930 save percentage through 26 games, Lehner is enjoying a banner season after opening up about past struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse in September.

  • Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Slated to miss Tuesday's contest

    McElhinney (lower body) is not expected to be in the lineup against the Flames on Tuesday.

    McElhinney was shelled his previous time out to the tune of six goals on 28 shots. The netminder will miss his third consecutive clash Tuesday due to his lower-body issue. Even once healthy, the 35-year-old could struggle for consistent minutes and could find himself splitting time with Petr Mrazek. With a back-to-back on the schedule, McElhinney may have to wait until after the All-Star break to return to the lineup.

  • Jimmy Howard G | DET

    Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Starting in Edmonton

    Howard will guard the goal in Tuesday's road game against the Oilers, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Howard wasn't great in his last start Friday against the Flames, allowing five goals on 35 shots en route to a 6-4 loss. The American netminder will look to bounce back and pick up his 14th win of the season in a road matchup with a middling Edmonton offense that's averaging 3.13 goals per game at home this campaign, 16th in the NHL.

  • Petr Mrazek G | CAR

    Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Slated to start

    Mrazek is in line to start between the pipes in Tuesday's road game against the Flames, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

    Mrazek wasn't great in his last start Sunday against the Oilers, surrendering four goals on 21 shots, but he was ultimately able to pick up his 10th win of the season due to fantastic goal support from his teammates. The 26-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and secure a second straight victory in a tough road matchup with a Calgary club that's averaging 4.36 goals per game at home this campaign, first in the NHL.

  • Oilers' Mikko Koskinen: In net Tuesday

    Koskinen will defend the home net Tuesday against the Red Wings, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

    Despite a pair of disappointing showings his last two starts, Koskinen has shown the Oilers enough for them to earmark him for $4.5 million annually for three additional seasons. The 30-year-old netminder squares off against Red Wings club owning a minus-22 goal differential over 24 road games this season, eyeing his first win following the extension.

  • Flames' David Rittich: Tending twine against Carolina

    Rittich will draw the start for the Flames against the visiting Hurricanes on Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

    Rittich will look to keep the momentum going after he won his last start, giving up just two goals against Edmonton. The 26-year-old has a 2.49 GAA and .917 save percentage this season. Rittich will draw a good matchup Tuesday, as the Hurricanes are averaging just 2.57 goals per game on the road this season.

  • Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Guarding cage against Ottawa

    Kuemper will draw the start for Arizona against the Senators on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.

    The 28-year-old is 5-0-1 in his last six games and in the midst of his best stretch of 2018-19. Kuemper and the 'Yotes could have their hands full with the 12th-best scoring offense in the league Tuesday (154).

  • Cam Ward G | CHI

    Blackhawks' Cam Ward: Gets starting nod

    Ward will guard the cage in Tuesday's home game against the Islanders, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.

    Ward struggled in his last start Jan. 14 against New Jersey, surrendering six goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Collin Delia for the final frame of the eventual 8-5 defeat. The veteran backstop will look to bounce back and pick up his eighth victory of the season in a tough home matchup with a red-hot Islanders team that's won five consecutive games.

  • Capitals' Braden Holtby: In goal against Team Teal

    Holtby is in line to start Tuesday evening against the visiting Sharks, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Holtby's track record against the Sharks is rather poor, as he's gone 2-4-0 with a 3.74 GAA and .875 save percentage against them over seven career games. However, the Capitals are likely antsy to catch up to the Islanders in an effort to reclaim the Metropolitan Division lead, and Holtby gives them the best chance to accomplish that feat.

  • Kings' Jonathan Quick: Marks milestone win

    Quick steered away 33 of 36 shots in Monday's win over the Blues.

    Quick was yanked from Saturday's loss to the Avalanche but bounced back in a big way Monday. It continues to be difficult for Quick to mark the win column behind the league's lowest-scoring offense. With this victory, Quick registered his 302nd career win, passing Hall of Fame backstop Mike Richter for fourth among United States-born goaltenders.

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