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.)

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record

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When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.

Price paid: Devils come back against Condon, Canadiens

Mike Condon, John Moore,
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If nothing else, the New Jersey Devils seem like they won’t be the sort of team a contender can essentially mark off as a “W” on their calendars.

The Montreal Canadiens may not be in a position to take opponents lightly with Carey Price on the shelf, but whatever the case may be, they saw their four-game winning streak end in frustrating fashion on Saturday.

After falling behind 2-0, the Devils scrapped their way back into it, eventually riding a John Moore overtime goal to a 3-2 OT win.

If Montreal needs an obvious bright side to look on considering this hiccup, Alex Galchenyuk‘s hot weekend may be a good thing to look at.

Tonight’s loss may smart a bit anyway, however.

Metro’s best? Capitals keep winning, pass Rangers for division lead

Jonathan Bernier; Matt Niskanen; Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

If you want to summarize the Capitals – Maple Leafs game in one sentence, you could do worse than:

“Washington is hot as Jonathan Bernier is cold.”

The Caps reeled off a 4-2 win against Toronto on Saturday, giving them five straight wins. They also jumped into first place in the Metropolitan Division today, as they keep climbing while the New York Rangers are experiencing some growing pains.

Again, James Reimer can’t get healthy and back in Toronto’s net too soon:

With this win, Washington is now 17-5-1, leading the Metro by one point with 35 standings points. They also hold a game in hand against the Rangers, and no other Metro team even has 30 right now.

Measuring stick stretch begins

Tonight’s game began a “prove-it” month-and-change for Washington.

This contest began a three-game road trip, and they’ll also play six of seven away from Washington.

It’s pretty rough through the start of 2016, really. The Capitals will only enjoy three home games through Jan. 9.

In other words, the Capitals seem like a convincing East contender, but look out if they remain hot through the next 5-6 weeks.