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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    Tyler Johnson’s injury: One of several ominous signs for Tampa Bay

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    The gloom only seems to lift from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s cloudy season in small drizzles.

    Sure, they’re on a three-game winning streak, but the Washington Capitals seem to be on the verge of ending that with a thud (they’re currently up 3-0 going into the third period).

    Update: Washington managed a 4-2 win, giving the Capitals a four-game winning streak.

    That’s the least of the Bolts’ concerns right now, really, as Tyler Johnson left Friday’s game seemingly injured.

    The word seemingly comes into play because details are scarce, as reporters note.

    /ominous music plays

    If you look at Tampa Bay’s upcoming schedule, things could get downright stormy.

    They face the Islanders at home, but they do so tomorrow so they won’t be well-rested. It gets worse from there.

    Dec. 2 – 6: Three-game road trip against the California teams

    Dec. 10 – 12: Two home games (one vs. Ottawa, one vs. Washington)

    Dec. 14-18: Another three-game road trip

    Long story short, they close up a back-to-back set at home tomorrow and then play six of eight on the road.

    /even more ominous music

    The end of 2015 looks friendlier, but for a team that seems to be cratering here and there … things look a bit morbid.

    We’ll see if they can keep fighting, perhaps with a comeback tonight?

    The ghost is here: Another OT-winner from Flyers’ Gostisbehere

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    Here’s an easy way to remember how to spell Shayne Gostisbehere’s maddening last name (and even his first name can trip you up).

    Ghost-is-be-here, without the h.

    Not too bad, right?

    If you’re more of the slogan type, it’s getting to be the point where “Tough to spell, tougher to stop” may be a pretty good one-liner.

    The Philadelphia Flyers phenom has made a habit of scoring overtime game-winning goals on the power play lately. Friday’s version was the decisive tally in a 3-2 OT win against the Nashville Predators, which you can watch up top.

    As you can see in comparing that goal with the one below (which made the difference against the Carolina Hurricanes), opposing coaches may want to make it a point to emphasize stopping this setup, even if it means writing “Don’t let that Ghost kid free.”

    All three of his goals are on the power play so far.

    Will he breathe life back into the Flyers’ man advantage at this rate?

    Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’


    The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.

    Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”

    While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.

    (In Julien’s defense, Lundqvist does have a pretty lengthy IMDB page.)

    The interference penalty was nearly disastrous for the Bruins, as J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to given the Blueshirts a 3-2 edge.

    However, Boston replied with a power-play goal of its own — Ryan Spooner, at the 16:14 mark — which set the stage for David Krejci‘s dramatic game-winner with just under two minutes to go.

    So, to recap: Today’s game had the Beleskey hit on Stepan, the Marchand-Lundqvist theatrics and a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Boston.

    And so, to answer your next question:

    These two teams next meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at MSG.

    Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

    Video: Peluso, Gabriel throw down in spirited heavyweight tilt


    The big boys got after it early in Minnesota today.

    Wild forward Kurtis Gabriel — all 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds of him — picked one of the toughest opponents in hockey on Friday, throwing down with Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso early in the first period.

    And it was a pretty good tilt.

    Peluso, one of the league’s most feared fighters, was coming off two pretty heavy scraps — one against Columbus tough guy Jared Boll, and another in which he landed some serious shots on overmatched Canucks d-man Luca Sbisa:

    Of course, Gabriel’s no slouch.

    He had one previous fight in the NHL this year (against Peluso’s teammate, Chris Thorburn) and five in the American League, where he’s spent the majority of this season.

    Given the fisticuffs that occurred earlier in the Bruins-Rangers game, it seem the NHL has really gotten into the spirit of Black Friday.

    (All videos courtesy