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.)

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?