Tonight in the NHL: Devils visit struggling Islanders

Tonight in the NHL: Devils visit struggling Islanders
February 16, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The Flyers continue their six-game road trip tonight as they visit the Montreal Canadiens, but the orange and black may be without Kimmo Timonen, who sustained a lower-body injury against the Devils (see story).

As seen last night in the loss to New Jersey, the Flyers continue to struggle in the opening parts of periods (see story).

Here's a look at other notable games around the league on Saturday:

Devils at Islanders, 7 p.m.
The New Jersey Devils make a short trip to visit the New York Islanders as the two teams meet for the third time this season.

The Eastern Conference-leading Devils are coming off a 5-3 comeback victory over the Flyers on Friday night. A third period goal from David Clarkson put the Devils up for good after they fell behind early, 3-1.

The last-place Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak on Thursday in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Rangers.

The Devils are expected to face goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who has struggled this season. He has allowed less than three goals in only three of his 11 starts this year.

The two teams last met on Feb. 3, when the Devils came away with a 3-0 victory behind two goals from Steve Bernier.

On the season, the Devils hold a 2-1 series lead. The road team has won all three games.

Senators at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
The struggling Ottawa Senators travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

The Senators will be without reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson after he tore his left Achilles' tendon on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season. In the first 14 games, Karlsson had a team-best six goals and four assists.

For the Maple Leafs, goaltender James Reimer is expected to be out after straining his knee on Monday. Ben Scrivens is likely to replace Reimer in goal.

The Maple Leafs have struggled recently at home versus the Senators, going 1-3-1 in their past five matchups.

Ducks at Predators, 8 p.m.
The Anaheim Ducks take on the Predators tonight as they look to end a four-game losing streak in Nashville.

The Ducks should have Viktor Fasth is net to replace injured Jonas Hiller. In eight games this season, Fasth has gone 7-0 with a 1.78 goals against average.

Fasth and the Ducks beat the Predators, 3-2, in his NHL debut on Jan. 26.

In the opposing goal, Pekka Rinne looks to continue his impressive netminding. On Thursday against Phoenix, Rinne made 19 saves in a 3-0 victory, which was two days after he blocked 25 shots in a 1-0 overtime victory over San Jose.

After a slow start to the season for Rinne (0-2-3), he has gone 6-1-0 with a 0.83 goals against average and three shutouts.

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