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.)