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.)

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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.)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.