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Goalie nods: Bryzgalov back in, Luongo looks to ‘exorcise that demon’

Dec 17, 2013, 3:27 PM EST

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News and notes from around the crease…

Bryzgalov goes again

Ilya Bryzgalov will get his second start coming off an injury when he takes on the Kings in Los Angeles tonight.

Bryzgalov, 33, returned to action on Sunday against Anaheim and stopped 31 of 34 shots in a 3-2 loss. The Russian netminder had been sidelined after getting bowled over against Dallas on Dec. 1.

Bryzgalov has very good numbers on the year — a 2.35 GAA and .932 save percentage — but is still looking for a few more wins, as has he has just one (a 3-0 victory over Nashville) thus far.

Martin Jones, the NHL’s reigning third star of the week, will get the nod for L.A.

Luongo starts at Xcel

History to be damned, says Canucks head coach John Tortorella. Roberto Luongo is starting tonight in Minnesota.

For more, here’s Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune:

Luongo gets the start for the Canuckleheads. He is 3-9-2 with a 3.56 goals-against average and .873 save percentage at the X, and that includes a 0-0 tie in his first-ever start at the X with Florida in 2000. Luongo has been pulled in his past three starts here and has just had such struggles here that former Van. coach Alain Vigneault didn’t play him in Minnesota since Oct. 19, 2010. Luongo joked yesterday to ask AV if he was playing.

“He’s going to exorcise that demon, I guess, if that’s what everybody thinks this is,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “He’s a pro. He needs to play.”

Josh Harding will start for the Wild.

Elsewhere…

Flames at Bruins: Reto Berra vs. Tuukka Rask

Jets at Sabres: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Ryan Miller

Panthers at Leafs: Scott Clemmensen vs. Jonathan Bernier (likely)

Lightning at Islanders: Ben Bishop vs. Evgeni Nabokov

Capitals at Flyers: Braden Holtby vs. Steve Mason

Ducks at Red Wings: Jonas Hiller vs. Jonas Gustavsson

Coyotes at Canadiens: Carey Price in for Habs. No word yet on who Phoenix will start.

Sharks at Blues: Antti Niemi vs. Jaroslav Halak

Blackhawks at Preds: Antti Raanta vs. Carter Hutton

Avs at Stars: Jean-Sebastien Giguere will go for Colorado. No word on a Dallas starter yet.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I am thinking Lou has a better chance at winning tonight than llya has. JMO

  2. patthehockeyfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I’m not even a Brzy fan; but, I’ve defended him once before.

    In this case, I have to be pulling for him. Go, Bryz!

  3. thesublimeylimey - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Bryz is a great goalie. Evidently he’s quite a sensitive chap and he just needs his team to build up his confidence a bit.

    Go Bryz!

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