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 game
Philadelphia @ Columbus
Likely Philadelphia starter: Brian Boucher – He’s playing well right now, so the Flyers are hoping to capitalize on his upward trend. (Source: Tim Panaccio.)
Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – Steve Mason faced a lot of shots so far and therefore has been up-and-down this season, but don’t expect Garon to get many starts unless he pulls a Brent Johnson and wins almost every game. (Source: Columbus Dispatch.)
7:30 PM ET game
Phoenix @ Montreal
Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source: Phoenix Coyotes Web site.)
Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – No surprise with either the Coyotes or Habs starter choices tonight … well, unless one of the teams pull the rug out from underneath us, of course. This would be Price’s eighth consecutive start, though. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)
8:00 PM ET game
Los Angeles @ Minnesota
Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – He’s on fire to start the season, putting at least a temporary hold on the Jonathan Bernier goaltending mutiny talk. (Source: Rich Hammond.)
Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source: Minnesota Wild Twitter page.)
Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.
Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.
The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.
He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.