Today’s starting goalies – October 13

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.

There are six games on the docket tonight, so let’s get right to it.

7:00 PM ET games

NY Islanders @ Washington

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – For all the doubts I (and many others) have expressed about their goalie rotation, a “healthy” Rick DiPietro and Roloson is actually a pretty competent duo. Roloson receives his first start of the season tonight, but it’s against the high-powered Capitals so you might just want to stay away from this altogether. (Source: Katie Strang of New York Newsday.)

Likely Capitals starter: Michal Neuvirth – It looks like Semyon Varlamov might need a little more time to heal up from minor injuries, so if you made Neuvirth a short-term goalie pickup (or “hand cuffed” him to have the Caps’ goalie duo) then you’re probably feeling moderately intelligent right now.

New Jersey @ Buffalo

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – The Devils are a bit of mess right now, so it’s not much of a surprise that they’re turning to the one constant in the organization beyond GM Lou Lamoriello: Marty Brodeur. (Source: Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – Again, it will be a rare night to see Miller on the bench for Buffalo. Don’t expect tonight to be one of those nights, even if he’s gotten off to a rotten start.

7:30 PM ET games

Toronto @ Pittsburgh

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – Although J.S. Giguere has been great so far (*cough* contract year *cough*), the Leafs want to give “The Monster” a chance to prove himself, too. He’ll get a serious challenge, too, as the Penguins are putting a lot of shots on net (but not in the net) so far this season. (Source: Jonas Siegel.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – The Penguins earned their first win of the season on Monday. But it was against a comically depleted Devils roster. And it was on the road. And Brent Johnson played that game. Fleury tries to get his first win of the season while the Penguins try to make their third game in the new Consol Energy Center a charm. Should be interesting to watch. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)

Tampa Bay @ Montreal

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – Smith should push Dan Ellis for starts, as long as the big goalie is healthy (never a guarantee, sadly). (Source: Tampa Tribune.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Price was absolutely fantastic against the Pittsburgh Penguins in his last start, so the Habs goalie must be feeling pretty good right now. Things can always go dark, especially in Montreal … especially against French-Canadian scorers such as Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

8:30 PM ET game

Nashville @ Chicago

Likely Nashville starter: Anders Lindback – It seems like the Predators’ No. 1 goalie gets injured every year; it’s a sick tradition like “Saw” sequels that extends back to Tomas Vokoun’s days between the pipes. Pekka Rinne is hurt, so Lindback reportedly will get his chance to become the new Chris Mason or Dan Ellis. (Source: The Tennessean.)

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford – Is it crazy to wonder if Marty Turco is a Cristobal Huet in cheap goalie’s clothing? OK, it’s a little crazy, but Crawford gets another start after winning the Blackhawks’ first game of the season. He will face a team that gave Chicago a lot of trouble in the playoffs but doesn’t have a staggering arsenal of offensive weapons. Keep an eye on Crawford as he could be Antti Niemi-lite this season if he keeps this up. (Source: Adam Jahns.)

10:00 PM ET game

Vancouver @ Anaheim

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – After an up-and-down 2009-10 season, Luongo is looking pretty sharp so far. He’ll be facing an angry Anaheim team, though, so he’ll have to be on top of his game. Unless the Ducks really are as horrible as they looked in their first three games, of course.

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – The Ducks really don’t have any other options. It’s not as if the three losses were all Hiller’s fault, but he needs to start earning that fat extension he signed last season. (Source: OC Register.)

Little-known Langhamer spurns Ducks comeback for Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 14:  Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 14, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 3-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Both of Monday’s games could have gone beyond regulation, yet the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks were left kicking themselves after failing to generate standings points.

In the case of the Ducks, they simply couldn’t overcome a lousy start to the Arizona Coyotes. They erased most of a 3-0 deficit but ultimately fell 3-2 on Monday.

Again, it was an ugly opening for Anaheim.

Randy Carlyle turned to John Gibson to start the second period and the red-hot goalie didn’t give up a goal; even so, his strong work wasn’t rewarded with anything but nice numbers.

Ryan Getzlaf scored both of Anaheim’s goals, including one with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third period and the Ducks’ net empty. You’d think that would be the end of the drama, but that wasn’t the case.

Mike Smith needed to leave the net during the third, likely because of a collision with Jakob Silfverberg. (Sounds like he’s OK, though.)

This forced Marek Langhamer to close out the game, meaning he had to deal with Anaheim’s endgame barrage. That included making quite the clutch stop against Sami Vatanen, spurning quite the attempt to tie:

Wow.

A quick primer on Langhamer: he was a seventh-round pick by the Coyotes (then Phoenix, 184th overall in 2012). He’s spent chunks of this season in both the AHL and ECHL, so this must be quite the moment for the 22-year-old.

As cool as that story is, the Ducks have to be kicking themselves. Instead of going ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for the second spot in the Pacific, both teams remain locked at 72 points (with Edmonton holding two games in hand).

Coyotes fans might have mixed feelings about the returns for Michael Stone, but beating their division rivals had to feel like a resounding win.

Yes, the Florida Panthers are indeed on fire

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 09:  Michael Sgarbossa #48 of the Florida Panthers is congratulated after scoring a goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at BB&T Center on February 9, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Florida Panthers are on a ridiculous roll right now. They’re even hotter than the also-quite-hot St. Louis Blues.

You could practically hear the air leave the building in St. Louis as Vincent Trocheck‘s goal made it 2-1 with just five seconds remaining in regulation. To little surprise, that ended up being the final score on Monday in what was otherwise quite the goaltending duel between James Reimer and Jake Allen.

The Panthers won all five games of what seemed to be a harrowing road trip on paper:

Feb. 11: 7-4 win against Predators
Feb. 15: 6-5 OT win against Sharks
Feb. 17: 4-1 win against Ducks
Feb. 18: 3-2 win vs. Kings
Tonight: 2-1 win over St. Louis

The Panthers now face a four-game homestand to close out February and also play seven of eight in Florida. (Actually, eight of nine, as they close out that run by visiting the Lightning on March 11).

Anyway, the Cats are in the catbird seat, and they finish the night back in front of the Boston Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division:

1. Canadiens – 70 points in 59 GP
2. Senators: 68 in 57
3. Panthers – 66 in 58

Bruins – 66 in 59
Maple Leafs – 65 in 58
Sabres – 62 in 60
Lightning – 60 in 58
Red Wings – 58 in 59

As you can see, games in hand stand as Florida’s advantage over Boston, but with the Bruins holding the second wild card spot, the Panthers’ position in the playoff picture is clear (if vulnerable).

Again, it wasn’t like the Panthers outright dominated the Blues.

St. Louis and Florida both looked sharp in this one, but the Blues have lost two straight games in regulation after reeling off a six-game winning streak. With a ton of road games on the docket through the next month, the Blues will just need to keep fighting.

At least Mike Yeo has an easy team to point to in explaining how the Blues can overcome such challenges.

Video: Reimer, Allen shut down dangerous one-timers

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 09:  James Reimer #34 of the Florida Panthers makes a save during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at BB&T Center on February 9, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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In an ideal world, goalie equipment wouldn’t be such an issue. Teams would be able to “get goalies moving” with great passing and chances just about no one could stop.

Then again, there are also those saves that a select handful of humans can pull off. A big reason why there’s only been one goal between the Panthers and Blues tonight is the lateral movement shown by both James Reimer and Jake Allen.

First, watch as Reimer robs Jori Lehtera on what’s likely the save of the night:

Allen really hasn’t been that far behind Reimer, right down to making a similar stop:

Considering the two nearly identical one-timer goals scored by Arizona against Anaheim in finding seams for big passes through opposing defenses, tonight’s goalies might want to do some extra stretching during intermissions.

Dvorak, Coyotes put Ducks in early hole with slick goals (Video)

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11:  Connor Murphy #5 (second from left) of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates with Alexander Burmistrov #91, Shane Doan #19 and Christian Dvorak #18 after Murphy scored the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on February 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Coyotes’ happy thoughts are mostly centered on the future. Christian Dvorak possibly being more than a guy who put up nice junior numbers with Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner could fuel some really nice thoughts.

He’s been red-hot in February, in particular, including a goal already tonight as the Coyotes raced off to an early 2-0 lead against the Anaheim Ducks.

Check out that smooth play for his 10th goal of 2016-17:

Again, he’s been on quite the roll lately.

February: nine points (and counting?) in nine games
Rest of the season: 13 points in 45 games

He only had one assist in 12 January contests, so this outburst is even more unexpected than the Coyotes racing off to this lead.

Interestingly, the Coyotes two goals looked awfully similar, at least in the finish:

Randy Carlyle’s mood? Probably not too chipper right now.