Today’s starting goalies – October 15

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.

7:00 PM ET games

Colorado @ New Jersey

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – Anderson has an interesting opportunity this season. If he puts together another great season, he’s likely to garner a nice deal like, say, Jonas Hiller. If he flounders, he’ll likely struggle in what could be a tough 2011 free agent market. He’ll get a bunch of starts to prove himself this season. (Source: Denver Post.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – When in doubt, start Brodeur. It’s almost safer just to leave him in every evening, to be honest. (Source: Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger.)

NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh

Likely Islanders starter: Rick DiPietro – It’s still kind of surprising that DiPietro is playing again, isn’t it? (Source: Islanders Twitter Feed.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – Johnson (1-0) was strong in the Penguins’ only win of the season while Marc-Andre Fleury is 0-3 so far. Sometimes the math is that easy. (Source: AP preview.)

Toronto @ NY Rangers

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Giguere has been great so far, but the Leafs are giving both goalies a healthy chance to prove themselves. Beating the Rangers in Madison Square Garden would solidify an already strong start for Toronto. (Source: Toronto Sun.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – I feel pretty safe in guessing that King Hank will be the man in net for the Rangers tonight.

Chicago @ Columbus

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – It’s weird to call a game this early in the season “crucial,” but Turco really needs to start getting some wins. People are starting to make some Cristobal Huet jokes already (Source: Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – The good news: Patrick Kane will miss tonight’s game with the flu. The bad news: the Blackhawks still employ Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. (Source: Tom Reed.)

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Montreal @ Buffalo

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Price has been fantastic so far, so I doubt we’ll see Alex Auld anytime soon.

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – I’m going out on a limb with both of the goalie choices, here. I think these are pretty safe guesses.

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Atlanta @ Anaheim

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – Until Ondrej Pavelec is healthy enough to play, expect Mason to get a ton of starts in Atlanta’s net. (Source: AP preview.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – He’s going to have to struggle mightily to lose his stranglehold on the No. 1 spot. (Source: AP preview.)

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Vancouver @ Los Angeles

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – As promising as Corey Schneider might be, expect Luongo to get almost all the starts (aside from a break here or there).

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – Quick earned the right to be the “1a” if not outright starter in Los Angeles. The competition from fellow Jonathan Bernier could very well be a good thing for Quick … almost certainly will benefit the Kings. (Source: Los Angeles Kings official Web site.)

Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty

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Things were getting out of hand between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard in an eventual 6-1 Blues win.

They were also getting a little raucous on the ice when it was clear that the Stars weren’t going to stage a comeback.

Jamie Benn was whistled for cross-checking Alex Pietrangelo, but it was Stephen Johns‘ hit from behind on Pietrangelo really revved up the violence.

Watch that hit and then the scrum that ensued in the video above, which included a scary display of an angry Ryan Reaves … who got creative at the end.

You may also want the kiss alone, so here it is:

Memo: rough stuff might not work so well against the Blues.

Read about that blowout here.

Blues bombard Stars, go up 2-1 in series

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Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.

Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”

It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.

The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.

This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.

Do you put greater blame on struggling goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.

On the bright side for Dallas, it is just one game … and the Blues were searching for answers of their own after Game 1.

We saw the Blues turn things around with these two straight wins, so now the Stars must show that they can gather themselves and play the attacking, out-score-your-mistakes style that got them here.

Granted, they may have to keep an eye out for supplemental discipline after some rough stuff toward the end of the game.

Predators smash Sharks to get back in series

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After a dispiriting 1-0 goal allowed by Pekka Rinne, things were looking bleak for the Nashville Predators for a moment there.

Nashville’s developed into a resilient group, however, and they stormed back for a commanding 4-1 win to shrink San Jose’s series advantage to 2-1.

The Predators saw some of their big names come up huge as the series shifted from San Jose to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne looked sharp following that first goal (and didn’t allow another). Their goals came from James Neal, Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg and captain Shea Weber.

Weber’s tally was the game-winner, and it was downright thunderous:

Another promising sign: after a struggling to a 2-for-31 clip in previous playoff games, the Predators’ power play went 2-for-5 in Game 3.

Overall, the Predators really couldn’t ask for much more from this win, especially if Colton Sissons is indeed OK after a scary crash into the Sharks’ net.

Things could get really interesting if Nashville manages to “hold serve” with another home win on Thursday.

Stars’ goalie carousel goes around again: Lehtonen replaces Niemi

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) subs in for goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in Dallas. The Stars won 6-5. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It’s pretty tough not to make jokes about the Dallas Stars spending $10.4 million on their goalies at times like these, even if Dallas’ defense should shoulder plenty of blame.

After Kari Lehtonen was pulled from a Game 2 loss, the St. Louis Blues chased Antti Niemi early in the second period of Game 3 after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Troy Brouwer‘s 3-1 goal was enough for Lindy Ruff to give Niemi the hook:

Unfortunately for the Stars, Lehtonen got off to a slow start as well, allowing an immediate Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues are now 4-1 and the Stars are searching for answers … and probably wishing Tyler Seguin was around to help them out-score their problems.