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Goalie nods: Bernier, Emery get starts vs. old teams

Dec 11, 2013, 2:07 PM EST

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News and notes from around the blue paint…

Big storylines out of Toronto

Intriguing matchup between the Kings and Leafs tonight at the ACC, where Jonathan Bernier will get the start for Toronto and, in the process, go up against the L.A. team that drafted him 11th overall in 2006 and employed him for five years.

“It’s going to be an emotional game,” Bernier said, as per the National Post. “I got drafted by them so there’s a great relationship with everyone there.”

It was thought L.A. goalie Ben Scrivens would have a similar emotional evening, but it appears he’ll be sat in favor of rookie Martin Jones, who is coming off back to back shutouts.

Jones was the first goalie off the ice this morning while Scrivens stayed out for extra work, according to the L.A. Times.

Elsewhere…

– Another reunion will occur tonight in Chicago, as Ray Emery gets the start for Philly against the Blackhawks, the team he played for last season (he won the Jennings Trophy with Corey Crawford for fewest goals allowed).

“I love the city. We had a good season last year,” Emery told CSN Philly. “A game is a game, and you want to focus on that game. You appreciate the year and with a championship season, you have time to celebrate that during the summer, and I am kind of past that and want to do well here.”

Chicago hasn’t officially announced its goalie yet, but Antti Raanta is expected to get the start.

Jonas Hiller will go for Anaheim tonight as the Ducks host the Wild at the Honda Center. No word yet on who Minnesota will have in goal.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    “but I hope you and I will never again meet face to face as bitter enemies on the battlefield” …

    *** this message is for fans of the SC Champion LA Kings only ***

    Friends, I suppose it was inevitable that this day would come sooner or later eh? I mean really, why can’t the Leafs just do the ‘right thing’ for once and have our old friend Bernier sit this one out? Anyway, let’s just hope that we can get the job done tonight with ‘minimal’ damage and then move on from there … God willing.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I think it’s unhealthy for one man to listen to Elvis as much as you do, blom. MORE BONEY M!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      And the creeks don’t rise?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    BTW, yes, they are a 1 time cup winning team, which is more than some;)

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