Afternoon Hits: Roster Notes, Lines, Pairing and Starters

Roster Notes …

  • Curtis Zupke: Anze Kopitar said that he’s playing tonight.
  • Dave Vest: Antoine Vermette won’t be in the lineup for the Coyotes tonight. Martin Hanzal will be in the lineup.
  • David Alter: The Maple Leafs put Jonathan Bernier on the IR with a lower-body injury. He’ll be out at least Friday and Saturday.
  • Corey Pronman: The Leafs recalled Frank Corrado, conditioning assignment over.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders John Tavares is back in the lineup.
  • Chris Kuc: The Blackhawks return Ryan Hartman to the AHL.
  • Rich Chere: Looking like Jiri Tlusty’s shoulder injury is lingering. He’s missed the past two games and didn’t practiced today.

Projected lines and Defensive pairings …

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks lines: Joonas Donskoi – Joe , Thornton – Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward, Nikolay Goldobin – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto – Micheal Haley – Bryan Lerg. Defensive pairings: Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun, Paul Martin – Brent Burns, Brenden Dillon – Matt Tennyson
  • Jack Michaels: Oilers lines: Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle, Pouliot-RNH-Yak, Hendricks-Letestu-Purcell, Pakarinen-Lander-Miller.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames lines: Gaudreau-Monahan-Bennett, Frolik-Backlund-Hudler, Colborne-Stajan-Jones, Bollig-Grant-Jooris. Derek Willis: Defensive pairings: Giordano-Brodie, Russell-Hamilton, Engelland-Wideman
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: E. Staal-J. Staal-Lindholm Gerbe-Rask-Versteeg Skinner-Nash-Terry Nestrasil-McClement-McGinn. Defensive pairing: Hainsey-Faulk, Liles-Pesce, Hanifin-Murphy
  • Bryan Burns: Lightning lines: Palat-Stamkos-Filppula Killorn-Johnson-Kucherov Namestnikov-Paquette-Callahan Brown-Boyle-Condra
  • Boston Bruins: lines: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Eriksson-Krejci-Koko Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes Rinaldo-Kemppainen-Randell. Defensive pairing: Chara-C. Miller Krug-McQuaid Morrow-K. Miller.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Larkin Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist Andersson-Helm-Pulkkinen Miller-Glendening-Ferraro. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith DeKeyser-Ericsson Kindl-Marchenko.
  • Andrew Gross: Power play units: PP1: McDonagh-Brassard Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello. PP2: Yandle-Klein Lindberg-Hayes-Miller.

Starting goalies ….

  • Dave Isaac: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Flyers. Steve Mason will backup.
  • Curtis Zupke: Jhonas Enroth said he’s not starting … so Jonathan Quick will be in net for the Kings.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Martin Jones will start in net for the Sharks.
  • Dave Vest: Mike Smith will start in net for the Coyotes.
  • Joe Smith: Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in net for the Lightning.
  • Derek WillisKarri Ramo will start in net for the Flames.
  • John Vogl: Linus Ullmark will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Steve Zipay: Semyon Varlamov will start in net for the Avs.