Today’s Starting Goalies – October 18

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.

Today’s schedule features a medium-sized five games, but they all start pretty early for once. For that reason, you need to make you goalie decisions pretty early today. Let’s get to it.

7:00 PM ET games

NY Islanders @ Toronto

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson –As Katie Strang points out, Roloson put together a 58-save performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs last year. Couple that with some effective starts so far this season and it’s easy to see why the Isles are likely to start Rolo. (Source: Katie Strang.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Giguere’s been very strong so far in his contract year. He very well might earn himself another nice deal, though teams would be wise to keep it short-term with the up-and-down netminder. (Source: Pension Plan Puppets.)

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – With Pascal Leclaire out for the near future, expect Elliott to get most of the starts in net for Ottawa. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – After Johnson went 3-0 while Marc-Andre Fleury is 0-3, I openly wondered if there might a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh. Fleury should have the job in the long run, but there’s nothing wrong with riding the hot hand right now. (Source: Empty Netters.)

Colorado @ NY Rangers

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson (Source: Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – He hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts, but the Rangers live and die by their Swedish star. (Source: Andrew Gross.)

7:30 PM ET game

Dallas @ Tampa Bay

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – He’s undefeated so far this season. Really, barring his perennial health problems, he should get a ton of starts for the Stars. He’ll get tested as the Lightning cannot be happy about their last performance. (Source: ESPN Dallas.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – Things didn’t go well for Dan Ellis in Tampa Bay’s last game, so it makes sense that Smith is the probable starter. It’s been more about the Lightning’s offense than their goaltending in their wins so far this season, so expect this goalie duo to rotate until somehow produces exemplary work. (Source: Raw Charge.)

8:30 PM ET game

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Ty Conklin played against Dallas, so chances are Halak will be back in net for the Blues tonight. (Source: Jeremy Rutherford.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Turco was strong in his first win of the season, so he deserves another shot at solidifying his top spot. (Source: Adam Jahns.)

WATCH LIVE: Blues at Sharks – Game 6

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The San Jose Sharks can make franchise history on home ice tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Win, and the Sharks clinch their first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Lose, and it’s back to St. Louis for a deciding Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

You can catch tonight’s Game 6 on NBCSN (9 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

Tarasenko needs to start ‘playing within the system’: Hitch

On the brink of elimination, Blues turn back to Elliott

The Blues could sure use a goal or two from Tarasenko

Stanley Cup Final to begin Monday

 

‘There’s still lots of room for growth’: Stars GM preaches patience with Nichushkin

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Valeri Nichushkin has the tools — listed at six-foot-four-inches tall and 205 pounds with devastating speed. He has the skill.

However, now at the end of his entry-level contract, the 10th overall draft pick for the Dallas Stars in 2013 has endured the highs and lows associated with a young player trying to make his mark in the National Hockey League after a promising rookie campaign.

For starters, his sophomore 2014-15 season was essentially wiped out — he played only eight games for the Stars — by a hip injury that required surgery. He also didn’t get off to the greatest start this season, and coming back from surgery likely played a factor as to why, as he found his way into Lindy Ruff’s doghouse early on.

As a result, was made a healthy scratch.

His bottom line offensive numbers included nine goals and 29 points in 79 games played, and one assist in 10 playoff games for the Stars, as they were eliminated in the second round.

Still, he’s just 21 years old. When playing with top players like Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, he was able to get on a bit of a roll offensively.

Stars GM Jim Nill, speaking on SiriusXMNHL, referenced the difficulty for a young player coming back off surgery, but remains confident in Nichushkin.

“We’re happy with Val,” he said (at around the 5:30 mark).

“Came back this year, got off to a slow start because of that. We thought the last five games of the playoffs, he really started to look like himself. He started to dominate down low and in the corners.

“He is only 21. I know there’s still lots of room for growth, so we’re going to be patient with him. We think he’s a big part of our future.”

 

Coyotes hire new COO

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have hired Anaheim Ducks executive Ari Segal as chief operating officer.

The move was announced by the team on Wednesday.

Segal previously served as a special assistant to Anaheim CEO Michael Schulman and as president of business operations for the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego.

Segal helped with preparations for the new AHL club and recently worked with the NHL in the league’s broadcast media strategy group, evaluating league and team broadcast rights and distribution deals.

Segal previously worked as an associate in the sports practice at McKinsey & Company, a New York-based management consulting firm.

Related: The Coyotes are going in a ‘new direction,’ and that’s an understatement

Jackets re-sign Sedlak, AHL affiliate’s leading playoff scorer

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Lukas Sedlak #85 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for the pass during the game against the Winnipeg Jets on September 20, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Jets 5-1.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Columbus farmhand Lukas Sedlak, who currently sits tied atop AHL Lake Erie’s playoff scoring leaderboard, has signed a one-year, two-way deal, the Jackets announced on Wednesday.

Sedlak, 23, was a fifth-round pick in 2011 that’s spent the last three years in the American League. This season was by far his most successful — in addition to potting a career-best 14 goals, he’s become close to a point-a-game producer in the playoffs, with 11 through 12 games.

“Sedlak has been on a run for us with goal-scoring,” Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “He’s not a guy who does it for us every night. But he works so hard in all the other areas.”

Sedlak has yet to make his NHL debut, but could be in the mix for a recall next season.