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Goalie nods: Greiss goes for Coyotes, Lindback for Bolts

Nov 27, 2013, 2:45 PM EST

Anders Lindback AP

News and notes from the crease on a very busy Wednesday…

Greiss starts for Phoenix

Little-used backup Thomas Greiss will go for the Coyotes tonight as they take on the Wild in Minnesota.

Greiss has only played once this month — stopping four shots in relief of Mike Smith on Saturday — but has good numbers on the year, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.37 GAA and .928 save percentage.

He’ll be taking on Niklas Backstrom, who’ll play his third straight game for the Wild.

Lindback in for Tampa Bay

Another little-used backup will get the nod on Wednesday as Anders Lindback starts for Tampa Bay.

Lindback has only made seven appearances this year and has struggled, going 1-5-0 with a 3.47 GAA and .872 save percentage. Ben Bishop has taken Tampa’s No. 1 job and run with it, all but nullifying head coach Jon Cooper’s early-season assertion that he had “two starting goalies.”

Tampa Bay will host the Flyers tonight, and Ray Emery will be in the Philadelphia goal.

Elsewhere…

Jonas Gustavsson gets the nod for Detroit over Jimmy Howard (read more here). The Wings are hosting Boston, and the Bruins will go with Tuukka Rask.

Martin Brodeur starts over Corey Schneider for New Jersey (which has Schneider frustrated — read more here). Brodeur will square off with Cam Ward, who gets the start for the ‘Canes.

– Finnish phenom Antti Raanta will make his first NHL start for Chicago (read more here). The Hawks are going up against Calgary, and Reto Berra will be in goal.

Carey Price will take on Ryan Miller in the Montreal-Buffalo game, Craig Anderson will take on Braden Holtby in Sens-Caps, Marek Mazanec will face off with Sergei Bobrovsky in the Preds-Jackets game and Jonathan Bernier will go head-to-head with Marc-Andre Fleury in Toronto-Pittsburgh.

– Cool matchup in Florida tonight as Henrik Lundqvist goes up against Tim Thomas, renewing their rivalry from the Rangers-Bruins days.

– Jaro Halak vs. Semyon Varlamov tonight in Colorado.

– Still no word on who the Kings and Sharks will be starting, but expect it to be Ben Scrivens vs. Antti Niemi.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    who could have predicted that Mason/Emery would still be splitting games at this point in the season. every time Emery’s announced as the starter, I wonder why, then he plays completely respectfully (except for a certain game against Braden Holtby and the Caps) and I eat my words. couldn’t be going any better for their goaltending so far this year.

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