Roberto Luongo G FLA 6 Hrs
Just to confirm, Roberto Luongo will start in his first post-trade game with the Panthers on Friday.
After all the success, failure, and drama Luongo went through in Vancouver, that chapter of his life is over. The Panthers are expected to lean heavily on Luongo for the rest of the season and hope that he can propel them back into the playoffs in 2014-15.
Jonas Gustavsson G DET 7 Hrs
Jonas Gustavsson will start for Detroit on Friday.
Gustavsson will play against the New Jersey Devils, which are just two points behind the Red Wings in the Wild Card race, so naturally this is a critical game. He's been a solid backup for Detroit this season with a 2.48 GAA and .915 save percentage in 23 games.
Jaroslav Halak G WAS 7 Hrs
Look for Jaroslav Halak to make his Washington Capitals debut on Saturday.
Halak should be given a fair opportunity to seize the starting job away from Braden Holtby. While we wouldn't have thought much of Halak had he stayed in Buffalo, the Capitals' situation is far different. He should hold his own in Washington and have a decent March.
Joe Thornton C SAN 8 Hrs
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 5-3 win on Thursday.
Thornton has recorded at least a point in four of his last five contests. Not counting the shortened campaign, he should at least reach the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season. He currently has nine goals and 61 points in 64 contests in 2013-14.