Quick Hits: Expansion, Injuries, Lines and Starting Goalies

Afternoon Notes …

  • Darren Dreger: “Report based on some owners reluctance to expand to both LV and Que at same time. Concerns with attendance in Car and Fla is part of it. Doesn’t mean Que is a defined relocation city or Car/Fla are losing their teams it’s about expansion and some owners want to be patient. LV seems more likely with Que viewed as insurance. Far from determined.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Tyler Johnson said he’s feeling better, but wouldn’t say when he thinks he’ll be back.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jori Lehtera said he’s playing tonight.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Colton Parayko is out tonight.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (illness) skated today.
  • Rob Longley: Joffrey Lupul and Leo Komarov were at practice today – they missed yesterday.

Lines and Defensive Pairings …

  • Pens Inside Scoop: Dupuis-Crosby-Hornqvist, Perron-Malkin-Kessel, Kunitz-Bonino-Bennett, Plotnikov-Cullen-Fehr.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Terry-E. Staal-Versteeg Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nash Skinner-Rask-Lindholm Gerbe-McClement-Malone/Nestrasil
  • Chris Wescott: Oilers lines: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell, Pouliot-RNH-Eberle, Gazdic-Letestu-Yakupov & Korpikoski-Lander-Pakarinen.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Larkin Richards-Datsyuk-Pulkkinen Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist Miller-Glendening-Helm.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings power play units: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front), Tatar, Kronwall And Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin (net front), Richards, Green
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Sharp Janmark-Spezza-Eaves Roussel-Eakin-Nichushkin Sceviour-Fiddler-Hemsky

Starting Goalies …

  • Mike Chambers: Reto Berra will start in net for the Avalanche.
  • Lou Korac: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
  • Adam Kimelman: Martin Jones will start in net for the Sharks.
  • Jason Mackey: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Dana Wakiji: Petr Mrazek will start in net for the Red Wings.
  • Mike Harrington: Linus Ullmark will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Steve Conroy: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Bruins.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Curtis McElhinney will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
  • Mike Heika: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.
  • Bryan Burns: Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lightning.