Pavelec has missed the last 33 games with a knee injury, but is set to return tonight in Edmonton. Before he was hurt, Pavelec was 5-6-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .906 SV% on the year. He draws a fairly tough matchup against an Oilers team playing much better since the return of Connor McDavid.
Jones stopped all 33 shots that he faced in the Sharks shutout win in Chicago on Tuesday. Jones has gone 2-2-0 with a 2.27 GAA and .921 SV% since the All-Star break and will face the Coyotes for the second time this season. He stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 3-1 win back in January and makes for a strong option in the second meeting.
Holtby allowed three goals on 36 shots in the Capitals win in Minnesota on Thursday. Holtby has won five in a row while posting a 2.36 GAA and .918 SV%, so tonight he will make his sixth consecutive start. He has not faced the Stars yet this season, but he has gone 17-3-2 with a 2.21 GAA and .926 SV% on the road.
Spurgeon (undisclosed) is on the ice for warmups; expected to play vs. Boston.
Spurgeon has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, but his availability for warmups suggests he may return this afternoon. Monitor his status around five minutes before puck-drop to see if he is in or scratched.
Gustavsson leads the Bruins onto the ice for warmups.
Gustavsson surrendered four goals on 25 shots after replacing Tuukka Rask in the Bruins 9-2 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. This will be Gustavsson’s 16th start of the season and he comes in at 9-3-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .911 SV% on the season. He made 24 saves in a 4-2 win over the Wild back in the middle of November.
Kuemper allowed four goals on 30 shots in the Wild’s loss to the Stars on Tuesday. Devan Dubnyk started vs. Washington on Thursday, but they’ll go back to Kuemper today vs. the Bruins. Kuemper has gone 3-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA and .917 SV% on home ice this season, but hasn’t won a game since January 21st.
Nash (leg) will miss at least one more week; downgraded from day-to-day to week-to-week.
Nash has missed the last eight games with a deep bone bruise in his leg. It seemed as if Nash was nearing a return to the lineup, but he has now been ruled out of at least the next four games. He will be re-evaluated after next week.
Brossoit stopped 49 of 51 shots in an Oilers win in his NHL debut last April. Tonight will be his second career NHL game with Cam Talbot out with an illness. The 22-year-old netminder has gone 14-8-3 with a 2.70 GAA and .921 SV% in 26 starts with Bakersfield (AHL) this season.