Today's starting goalies – October 7

Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

(Note: we’ll try to account for earlier games such as the first game of the season between Minnesota and Carolina going forward. We’ll also try to get these up a little earlier in the future.)

7:00 PM ET games

Montreal at Toronto

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – It sounds like Price is bouncing back from the flu-like symptoms that had many (including us) wondering if he would be able to play today. Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out says he’s ready to go, so there’s a good chance Price will jump into the pressure cooker with a case of the sniffles.

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Does this mean he’s the No. 1 or that there is a true 1a/1b situation forming in Toronto? All I know is that Giguere is in a contract year and would have to play some astounding hockey to earn anywhere near his $6 million annual average salary again. (The Toronto Maple Leafs shared this update, so it should be trustworthy.)

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – The funny-named goalie who had a strong preseason will get the nod as Michael Leighton is hurt. It will be interesting to see if Bobrovsky is a worthy short-term fantasy pickup until Leighton returns. (Source: Philadelphia Flyers Twitter page.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – Though it’s not 100 percent certain, Fleury is one of those goalies who you can start without certainty as the Penguins will probably play him as much as possible. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

10:00 PM ET games

Chicago at Colorado

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Considering how unproven (and, in some circles, highly criticized) Corey Crawford is, don’t be surprised if Turco receives a ton of starts as long as he plays decently in the Windy City. (The Chicago Sun Times indicates he’ll start.)

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – Anderson – like Turco – is in a contract year. Also like Turco, he doesn’t have much of a backup so expect a lot of starts for him unless he falls apart. (Source: Denver Post.)

Calgary at Edmonton

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – Kipper is one of the true workhorse goalies in the NHL, so when in doubt, start him. (Source: Calgary Herald.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – As long as the Bulin Wall isn’t in jail, he’s likely to start a lot of games for the possibly woeful Oilers. Start him at your own peril behind that shaky defense, though. (The Oilers Twitter feed confirmed that he’s starting.)

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    Ovechkin shrugs off Caps’ Game 1 loss in very Ovechkin way

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    You know, it happens. Maybe not always in those exact words.

    The Washington Capitals carried the play during portions of their 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and even down 1-0 in the series, just about every player seemed happy with their overall game.

    (Granted, Braden Holtby picked apart two of the three goals he allowed, and so on.)

    Still, Alex Ovechkin shrugged off the disappointment in a way that wasn’t quite Rated R, but probably ranks in the PG-13 range:

    The penalty element is interesting, though.

    When asked after the loss about the lack of power plays, Matt Niskanen merely offered a “no comment.”

    The Penguins experienced some sprawling moments, yet they avoided taking a penalty each time. Often, when a team carries long sequences of play, they’ll go on the PP (especially with home-ice advantage) … but not the Capitals in Game 1.

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    It’s a situation to watch as the Capitals hope to even the series against the Penguins with Game 2 coming on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. (You can watch online, via the NBC Sports App and follow the livestream here).

    Holtby takes blame for two big goals in Caps’ loss to Pens

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    It’s just about a consensus that the Washington Capitals believed that they generally played a strong game despite falling 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Braden Holtby‘s teammates likely wouldn’t agree with his assessment that the Game 1 loss is on his shoulders, but the perennial Vezina candidate took the blame for Sidney Crosby‘s first goal of the night and Nick Bonino‘s game-winner.

    Noting that the Penguins are a dangerous rush team – making them a different threat than the Toronto Maple Leafs – Holtby believes that he should have had his glove in position to stop the 1-0 goal. He said he’s capable of making such a stop and “will next time.” Check out Crosby’s two goals below, with Holtby having a beef with the first one:

    It’s really difficult to place too much blame on Holtby for giving up Nick Bonino’s game-winner, as it seemed like a great rush play that few goalies would be able to stop.

    Judge for yourself in the highlights:

    The Penguins were ultimately able to take a 1-0 series lead, but the Capitals seem capable of shrugging off questions about frustrations, even with naysayers starting to gain confidence in claiming that there will be more than the same.

    If Washington’s going to get over this big hurdle, Holtby is likely to be a big part in doing so.

    Fleury, Penguins hang on for Game 1 win against Capitals

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off a 3-2 Game 1 win against the Washington Capitals, but Thursday’s thriller probably prompted a sigh of relief.

    (Washington, meanwhile, might have uttered a sigh at such unpleasantly familiar feelings.)

    The first period ended 0-0 in part thanks to Jake Guentzel‘s sprawling “kick save.” Business really picked up in the second after Sidney Crosby raced off to two quick goals, only for Alex Ovechkin to give Washington a shot thanks to a booming goal and some physical play.

    It sure felt like this one might head to overtime, especially after Evgeny Kuznetsov was tying things up and flapping his arms like wings. That was not to be, however, as Nick Bonino took advantage of a pretty area pass to beat Braden Holtby for the decisive tally.

    Now, it was only decisive because Marc-Andre Fleury was at the top of his game. Oh, and also because the Penguins did a collective Guentzel impression in frantically denying a tying tally.

    Makes you want to wipe some sweat from your brow, eh?

    The Capitals dominated by just about every statistical measure … except, of course, goals on the scoreboard. Pittsburgh will gladly take that 1-0 series lead, then.

    Expect a desperate Washington team in Game 2, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can watch it online and via the NBC Sports App (click here for the livestream link).

    Karlsson makes difference for Senators vs. Lundqvist, Rangers

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    Swedish superstars Henrik Lundqvist and Erik Karlsson were both stupendous in Game 1 between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.

    Still, it was Karlsson’s game-winning goal (from a seemingly impossible angle) against Lundqvist that made the difference as the Senators beat the Rangers 2-1 on Thursday. With that, the Senators are up 1-0 in the series.

    That Karlsson goal really deserves a special look.

    Whether you blame that 2-1 tally on Lundqvist or not, the Rangers would be foolish to do anything but praise their red-hot franchise goalie. He stopped all 21 Senators shots in the first period and ultimately made 41 out of 43 stops in defeat.

    Craig Anderson was strong in his own right, mind you, stopping 34 out of 35 shots (including all 28 at even-strength) to help Ottawa take that tight contest.

    Anderson’s strong play highlights the fact that Rangers – Senators doesn’t merely come down to Lundqvist vs. Karlsson … but even so, both Swedish superstars really did stand out in this one.

    Game 2 airs on NBC at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App; click here for the livestream link.