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Carter Hart starts in the New York Islands on Saturday (19:00 ET; ESPN +, MSG +, NBCSP, NHL.TV) after the goalkeeper was scratched in the past two games.
Hart withdrew 2:06 in the second period after allowing five goals in 11 shots on March 25 in a 8-3 defeat by the New York Rangers. Brian Elliott in a win against Rangers on March 27 before being scratched for two games against Buffalo Sabers.
“He needs to work on his game,” Flyer coach Alain Vigneault said on Monday. “He has to work harder; it has to work better. I had a good conversation with him and [Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh] about my expectations regarding his habits of exercising and stopping puck. “
Hart is 8-9-3 with 4.04 goals against average and a saving percentage of 0.869 in 22 games. He has conceded at least three goals in eight consecutive starts and in 15 of 20 starts this season.
Forward Oscar Lindblom i Nolan Patrick they are expected to play on Saturday after being defeated every Wednesday by a 6-1 defeat at Sabers. Vigneault said that he feels that Lindblom and Patrick need a break.
“It’s almost 72 hours between the last skating to date,” Vigneault said on Friday. “They had – apart from yesterday’s arrival for testing (for COVID-19) – they had a total day off. I hope it’s time to refresh mentally and physically and that they will be able to help us here in the last rush for the playoffs and they will contribute well to us. ” – Adam Kimelman
Nathan Beaulieu will be out of season after shoulder surgery.
The defense has not played since March 9 due to an arm injury and is facing a shoulder injury.
“He broke a bone in his arm on a blocked shot (March 9),” coach Paul Maurice said on Friday. “That injury in his shoulder got worse. With those injuries, unless it’s a catastrophic tear, there’s always rehabilitation or repair. There’s always talk. What’s the best way to do that? It got worse to the point that he got a broken bone, this the thing is not feeling better, it has to be done to give him a chance to be one hundred percent healthy and be a player next year. “
Blake Wheeler skated and will make a decision against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (20:00 ET; TSN3, TSN4, NHL.TV). The Jets captain left a 3-1 defeat to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.
Wheeler, who has not missed a single game this season, has missed eight games in his 13 NHL seasons.
“He is the heart of our team,” the defender said Neil Pionk said. “To see the minimal games he missed during his career and then finally start playing with him, I see why now and how hard he is.” – Darrin Bauming
Petr Mrazek was recalled from fitness training, but it is not clear when the goalkeeper will return to the lineup.
Mrazek made 43 saves in Chicago’s 5-2 victory in the American Hockey League against the Grand Rapids on Thursday.
“It’s been eight weeks since I played the game, so I was really happy to be able to see the action and see the puck, see the puck through the traffic and fight so it was positive,” Mrazek said after the game. “I don’t think there’s anything better than dealing with 45 shots. It’s a good fitness game.”
Mrazek missed 29 games after his right thumb surgery on February 3. He is 2-1-0 with 0.99 goals against average, a saving percentage of 0.955 and two disqualifications in four games with the Hurricanes this season.
James Reimer i Aleks Nedeljkovic shared the start for hurricanes in Mrazek’s absence. Carolina hosts the Dallas Stars on Saturday (19:00 ET; NHLN, BSSO, BSSV +, NHL.TV).
“Peter didn’t actually say, ‘Hey, I’m one hundred percent ready to play.’ So, we will wait and see, “said Hurricane coach Rod Brind’Amour. “I think so, but I want to make sure I have a good conversation with him, which I haven’t had yet … I think it will be day after day, to be honest with you. We’ll kind of monitor it. I don’t have an update for you at the moment.” . “ – Tracei Miers
Colin White is daily with an upper body injury, said coach DJ Smith.
The striker did not play in the third period of defeat by the Montreal Canadiens with 4-1 on Thursday.
Smith also said the goalkeeper Matt Murray (upper body) is not 100 percent forward Micheal Halei (groin) will be out of season.
Murray has missed the past eight games and has not played since March 10; Halley, who has no points in four games, last played on March 2.
Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (19:00 ET; CBC, TVAS, SN, CITI, NHL.TV).