Ryan Miller G STL 12 Hrs
Ryan Miller earned a 4-2 victory Tampa Bay on Wednesday and he was called upon to make just 15 saves.
Coming from a defensively irresponsible team, like the Buffalo Sabres, to the Blues could be a bit of an adjustment for Miller. Coach Ken Hitchcock thinks that Miller is a great fit for the team's goaltender situation. "We're a hard group to gauge a goalie over a short period of time," Hitchcock said. "We don't give up a lot of shots, but when we give them up, they're doozies. So we're a hard group to evaluate. I think over time, it takes some getting used to for a goaltender." He described a 15-foot save that Miller made against the Lightning and said "that's the type of goaltending we need to move forward."
Evgeni Nabokov G NYI 12 Hrs
Evgeni Nabokov will be in the Islanders' crease Thursday night versus Edmonton.
He was beaten for five goals on 19 shots against New Jersey last Saturday, so Anders Nilsson started the team's last two matches. Nilsson was solid in a 3-2 overtime win over Winnipeg on Tuesday, but coach Jack Capuano is going to give Nabokov a chance to rebound in Edmonton. Nilsson may start Friday night in Calgary.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere G COL 12 Hrs
Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to be between the pipes for the Avalanche in Thursday's match-up against Detroit.
Colorado acquired Reto Berra from Calgary before Wednesday's trade deadline as an insurance policy, but Giguere still appears to be the team's backup. He allowed five goals on 27 shots against Los Angeles in his last outing.
Braden Holtby G WAS 13 Hrs
Braden Holtby will be in goal for Washington again on Thursday night at Boston.
Philipp Grubauer was returned to AHL Hershey on Thursday, so newcomer Jaroslav Halak will probably back him up. Holtby was pulled Wednesday night against Philadelphia after he allowed four goals on 18 shots, so he'll be looking for a bounce back effort.
Ryan Murphy D CAR 13 Hrs
Ryan Murphy has been summoned from the minors.
Since heading down to AHL Charlotte on Jan. 24, the offensive blueliner has registered one goal and 17 assists in 16 games. Murphy had an 11-game point streak at the time of his recall and he has 11 points in 39 outings with the Hurricanes this season.
Colin Wilson C NAS 13 Hrs
Colin Wilson will probably be in store for bigger role now that the Predators have traded top center David Legwand to Detroit.
He had been skating on the third line, but he's likely to get a top-six spot with Legwand out of the mix. Wilson hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 30 and he's generated just two assists in his past 18 games.
Matt Moulson LW MIN 14 Hrs
Matt Moulson is projected to play with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle when he makes his Minnesota debut on Saturday night.
He's expected to skate with those two forwards during Thursday's practice and he's eager to start playing with the Wild. "Minnesota is an incredible hockey state. The fans of Minnesota, it's pretty easy to see how passionate they are," he said. "It's exciting to go to a team that's doing extremely well right now and a great fanbase. I'm just excited to get there and help this team win any way I can."
Tim Thomas G DAL 14 Hrs
The Stars want Tim Thomas to give Kari Lehtonen some games off down the stretch and possibly challenge him for starts.
"We had the opportunity to pick up a goalie who has won a Stanley Cup and has strong playoff experience," GM Jim Nill said. "Our team is serious about making the playoffs and making a statement in the playoffs, and this solidifies maybe the most important position on the team." Lehtonen has two games of postseason experience in his career, so Thomas could be an option for Dallas if they can secure a wild card spot. However, as far as the rest of the season goes, it's hard to see Thomas taking Lehtonen's job.
David Rundblad D CHI 14 Hrs
David Rundblad won't be in Chicago's lineup Thursday night.
He could make his Blackhawks' debut Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. "He's a really talented player," GM Stan Bowman said. "David has excellent offensive skills. I think sometimes a change of scenery can help a player like him. Fitting in with the group we have here, I think he's got a lot of potential." Rundblad may have trouble cracking Chicago's deep defense corps, so he'll have to stand out when he gets his opportunity to play.