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Goalie nods: Wild go back to Kuemper, Zatkoff in for Pens

Mar 27, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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News and notes from around the crease…

Kuemper gets another shot

One night after getting yanked in a loss to Vancouver, Darcy Kuemper will be back in goal for the Wild.

Kuemper will start tonight against St. Louis, looking to rebound for a poor effort in which he allowed three goals on 12 shots against the Canucks before getting pulled in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov.

The 23-year-old Kuemper has been good this year, posting a 12-7-4 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.32 GAA. That said, the pressure will only increase from here on in and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds, especially against the NHL’s top team tonight.

For the Blues, Ryan Miller will get the start in goal.

Pens turn to Zatkoff

It looks to be a battle of the backups tonight in Pittsburgh when the Pens host the Kings.

Jeff Zatkoff is already confirmed as Pittsburgh’s starter tonight — he’ll face the organization that drafted him in 2006 — and it looks as though L.A. will go with Martin Jones.

Zatkoff will play for the first time since stopping 21 shots in a 4-3 OT win over Tampa Bay. Jones hasn’t played since Mar. 15, when he allowed two goals on 20 shots in a loss to the Ducks.

Elsewhere…

Blackhawks at Bruins: Corey Crawford vs. Tuukka Rask

Coyotes at Devils: Thomas Greiss vs. Martin Brodeur

Habs at Red Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard

‘Canes at Panthers: Anton Khudobin vs. Roberto Luongo

Isles at Lightning: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Ben Bishop

Sabres at Preds: Matthew Hackett vs. Carter Hutton

Canucks at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado; Eddie Lack likely for Vancouver.

Jets at Sharks: Al Montoya vs. Antti Niemi

  1. clarke16 - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Biggest game if the kid’s career tonite. Up or down from here–we’ll see what he’s made of…

  2. penguins87and71 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Let’s go Pens! Try not to screw this game up.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Maybe the Pens will coms to play tonight.

  4. vstar1us - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Kemp can get it together for the Wild, he just needs to focus on the moment!
    Go Wild Go

  5. vstar1us - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Well I am hoping someone is getting fired in the Wild organization tonight because they suck! Will be canceling my season tickets for next year. Yeo totally blows as a head coach….

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      thats bandwagonesque

      That being said I wish hitchcock was our coach.

  6. vstar1us - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    No not on a band wagon, it is true

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