Today’s Starting Goalies – October 23

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.

7:00pm ET games

Buffalo @ New Jersey

Likely Buffalo starter: Patrick Lalime – It sounds like tonight’s game is a backup battle, although it seems like Johan Hedberg’s starting status is in less doubt than Lalime’s. (Source for both: Sabres Web site.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Hedberg should finally get his first start of the season tonight. Will it be the Devils first home win in 2010-11 too? (Source for both: Sabres Web site.)

NY Rangers @ Boston

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source: Andrew Gross.)

Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask – He was the first goalie off, which usually indicates the starter, although the Boston Globe notes that this did not happen on Thursday. (Source: Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.)

Montreal @ Ottawa

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source: RDS.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – With Pascal Leclaire injured and the Senators occasionally beginning to win again, expect Elliott for quite some time. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Anaheim @ Detroit

Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney – He won in his first start despite facing 40 shots, so why not give him the Brent Johnson treatment in this one? (Source: OC Register.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – “He is not human, he is like a doughy piece of iron” according to J.J. from Kansas of Winging it in Motown, the source for this starter info.

Toronto @ Philadelphia

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere (Source: Pension Plan Puppets.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Brian Boucher (Source: Broad Street Hockey.)

NY Islanders @ Florida

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – This one is a toss-up, so you might want to just start someone else (if you have at least three goalies to choose from, which you should on an evening when 26 of 30 NHL teams are playing). (Source: Lighthouse Hockey.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source: George Richards of On Frozen Pond.)

Atlanta @ Washington

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – Expect him to start until Ondrej Pavelec is ready to go.

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – There’s a chance it might be Semyon Varlamov, though. (Source: Mike Vogel.)

8:00 pm ET games

Pittsburgh @ St. Louis

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – This will be a back-to-back for the goalie who thwarted the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. (Source: Lou Korac.)

Nashville @ Dallas

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source: On the Forecheck.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source: ESPN Dallas.)

8:30 pm ET game

Columbus @ Chicago

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – They really are married to his play, it seems. (Source: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Not a sure thing, but seems to be the consensus.

9:00 pm ET games

Los Angeles @ Colorado

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – He’s been fantastic so far, so you’d have to think he’ll get the majority of the starts for the time being. (Source: Rich Hammond.)

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson (Source: Adrian Dater.)

Carolina @ Phoenix

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source: News & Observer.)

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source: Coyotes Web site.)

10 pm ET game

San Jose @ Edmonton

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – He earned a win, so it’s reasonable for San Jose to give him a chance to string to in a row together. (Source: Working the Corners.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin (Source: Edmonton Journal.)

WATCH LIVE: Bruins at Rangers

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 27:  Ryan Spooner #51 of the Boston Bruins scores a goal against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during the third period at TD Garden on November 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Rangers 4-3.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Original Six rivals face off at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night when the New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins.

The Rangers come into the game having won two in a row and three out of their past four, while the Bruins were blown out just 24 hours earlier at home against the Minnesota Wild.

Making matters worse for the Bruins is the fact they are also dealing with some major injury issues  having lost their top two goalies (Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin) to injury. That means they will be giving rookie Zane McIntyre his first NHL start after Malcolm Subban was benched on Tuesday.

The Bruins will also be without veteran forward David Backes.

You can catch tonight’s game (8 p.m. ET) on NBCSN or with our NHL Extra live stream.


More links to get you ready for tonight’s game

Bruins need a rookie goalie to step up

Backes undergoes elbow procedure

Rakell back skating in Anaheim, but no timetable for return

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 21, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Ducks 5-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The contract’s signed, the visa issues are sorted and he’s already taken a morning skate.

Now, all Rickard Rakell needs to do is get clearance.

Rakell, who 12 days ago signed a six-year, $22.8 million extension, was back on the ice this morning ahead of Anaheim’s game against the visiting Nashville Predators this evening.

The 23-year-old’s return was hung up by a variety of issues. First, there was the obvious one — he had no contract — and once that was signed, Rakell was in limbo awaiting his visa.

And he’s still not in the clear.

Rakell is dealing with the ramifications from offseason abdominal surgery — a procedure related to an earlier appendectomy, that kept him out of the World Cup of Hockey — and is unclear as to when he can make his season debut.

“I’m just anxious to get back and at least try,” he said, per

Prior to rejoining the Ducks, Rakell had been working out and skating in his native Sweden, though none of his activity included contact. That will be the next step in his progression.

Following a lengthy road trip to start the year, the Ducks are now locked into the state of California for quite some time. Tonight’s home tilt is followed by another Friday against the Jackets, followed by a “road” game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

From there, the team plays three more times at Honda: Nov. 2 against the Penguins, Nov. 4 against the Coyotes, and No. 6 against the Flames.

So, there’s a pretty good chance Rakell’s debut will come at home.

Another twist to the Seattle arena saga

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Just one day after news broke that investor Chris Hansen was willing to forego public financing to build a downtown arena that could potentially house an NHL and/or NBA team, there’s been another twist in the long-running Seattle saga.

The latest from King 5 News:

If Chris Hansen passed the ball back to the city Tuesday, Mayor Ed Murray isn’t ready to execute a slam dunk.

In other words, Murray has other ideas for a new sports arena in Seattle, and it involves Key Arena.

The mayor’s budget director, Ben Noble, told KING 5 that the mayor’s office is quietly exploring a major renovation of Key Arena at Seattle Center. The facility was home to the NBA’s SuperSonics until 2008 when efforts to renovate and expand its size fell through, prompting the team’s sale and move to Oklahoma City.

It’s definitely worth noting that AEG, the same company that owns the Los Angeles Kings, is the facilities manager for Key Arena. It was reported last year that billionaire Victor Coleman had been in touch with AEG, and that his group was willing to explore the Key Arena option for an NHL team.

Coleman, of course, has also worked as Hansen’s NHL partner, though their agreement to work together was reportedly “non-binding.”

At the moment, it’s not clear which option — Hansen’s project or Key Arena — Coleman would prefer to pursue, or even if he’s still involved at all.

But for Seattle hockey fans, the good news is that there’s, well, news.

And there may be more news soon.

Here’s a radio interview with King 5 reporter Chris Daniels, who’s been all over this story:

Related: Bettman rejects notion that the NHL is waiting for Seattle

Letang had a ‘good day’ at practice, Penguins hoping he can return soon

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck during the third period in Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, they got Sidney Crosby back.

Soon, the Pittsburgh Penguins should have another key player back in the lineup. Kris Letang, their top defenseman, participated in full-contact practice today, taking the same step Crosby took two days ago.

“He had a good day on the ice today, we’ll see where it goes from there,” head coach Mike Sullivan said of Letang, who’s missed three games with an upper-body injury. “We’re encouraged with his progress. We’re hoping to get him back soon.”

The Penguins host the Islanders tomorrow night. Don’t be surprised if Letang plays. He skated with Ian Cole at this morning’s practice.

If Letang isn’t ready to go against the Isles, his next opportunity to return will be Saturday in Philadelphia.