Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET. In a battle of the backups, the Flyers look to end a three-game homestand with a victory after losses to St. Louis and Washington. Sergei Bobrovsky and Jonas Gustavsson will make their second starts of the season for Philadelphia and Toronto, respectively. The Leafs are riding high after a come-from-behind win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, but are also sweating the current head and neck injury to starter James Reimer, who should be back later this week.
Preview: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET. The Panthers responded to GM Dale Tallon's roster shakeup after the David Booth trade by beating the New York Islanders on Saturday night. Montreal, winless in their last five games, will get the services of Jaroslav Spacek back tonight and hope Peter Budaj, making his first start of the year, can help turn things around for coach Jacques Martin's sake.
Preview: New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets, 8:30 p.m. ET. Three games on Monday featuring all backup netminders. Martin Biron and Chris Mason get the call tonight in Winnipeg. The Jets are coming off their biggest offensive showing of the season with a 5-3 win over Carolina, while the Rangers took four out of six points from a Western Canada swing. They "sucked from head to toe" on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers, according to coach John Tortorella. A loss tonight could lead to an even shorter post-game press conference from Torts. He was already on edge after practice today.
Evening reading:"Rapture Night" promotion after things fizzled out for Harold Camping in May. Upon the new revelation that the End of Days would be last Friday, the Wranglers' home opener was promoted as the final hockey game on Earth and featured a professional Harold Camping impersonator to drop the ceremonial puck before the game. [Las Vegas Sun]
• Looking at the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster as the injuries continue to pile up. [Backhand Shelf]
• Brandon Worley breaks down Dallas Stars fan expect once soon-to-be owner Tom Gagliardi gets his mitts on the franchise. [Defending Big D]
• If you haven't heard, the Schenns -- much like the Staals -- are brothers. [NHL.com]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: "Macchu" on the Winter Classic ticket pricing:
"This is nothing new, many MLB franchises put a premium on these types of tix or make you buy a package. I few years ago when the Yankees played the Dodgers @ Dodger Stadium, you had to buy a partial season ticket plan to get the Yankees tix. The Giants also tried to get you to buy a partial season plan for opening day this year. After the tix were not sold, the opening day tix were subject to a lottery.
The point is:
If you are willing to get screwed you will get screwed."
Bold prediction: It's going to be an all-Canadian sweep tonight.
Photo credits; Getty Images, Las Vegas Sun
- Montreal Canadiens
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Philadelphia Flyers