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Goalie nods: Lindback faces former team, McElhinney back for Jackets

Dec 19, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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News and notes from the crease…

Lindback starts against Preds

Anders Lindback will go for the Bolts tonight against the team that traded him to Tampa — the Nashville Predators.

Lindback, who has never faced the Preds, last played on Saturday and gave up three goals on 19 shots in a loss to the Devils. His numbers on the season aren’t good — 2-6-1, 3.12 GAA, .882 save percentage — but tonight represents a chance to get back on track, against a Nashville team that has issues scoring goals.

Speaking of the Preds, it’s expected Carter Hutton will get the start in goal.

McElhinney back from injury

Curtis McElhinney will return from a two-game absence (lower body) to take on the Flyers in Philadelphia tonight.

McElhinney, injured last week in a win over the Rangers, has been very good since taking Columbus’ No. 1 gig from the injured Sergei Bobrovsky. The 30-year-old has won three of four starts with a 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage.

As for the Flyers, Steve Mason will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Bruins at Sabres: No confirmations yet, but Chad Johnson vs. Ryan Miller seems likely.

Coyotes at Maple Leafs: Again, no confirmations, but it sounds like Mike Smith vs. James Reimer.

Wild at Penguins: Niklas Backstrom for Minnesota, sounds like Jeff Zatkoff is probable for Pittsburgh.

Flames at Red Wings: Karri Ramo vs. Jonas Gustavsson

Panthers at Sens: Scott Clemmensen vs. Craig Anderson

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jaroslav Halak

Canucks at Stars: Roberto Luongo vs. Kari Lehtonen

Oilers at Avs: Devan Dubnyk vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sharks at Kings: Antti Niemi vs. Martin Jones

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