Today’s Starting Goalies – October 26

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

Florida @ Toronto

Likely Florida starter: Scott Clemmensen – It looks like Clemmensen will receive some clemency from the pain of sitting on the bench, as he will likely receive his first start of the season tonight. The Panthers might be wise to give him a start in this situation, as the Maple Leafs haven’t been too explosive lately. (Source: Paul Hendrick.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere (Source: James Mirtle.)

7:30 PM ET games

Buffalo @ Philadelphia

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – I’m struggling to find confirmation on this one, but it at least looks like Miller will get another start tonight. When in doubt, start him, even when he’s struggling.

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – It’s not easy to root against a goalie with such a fabulous last name, is it? (Source: Flyers Twitter page.)

Phoenix @ Ottawa

Likely Phoenix starter: Jason LaBarbera – It looks the Coyotes will give their starter a rest since they’re playing back-to-back games tonight. That means that we should see the man I like to call “The Barber” in net against the Senators. (Source: Coyotes Twitter page.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – While the Senators are looking quite awful, Elliott is the kind of stable (if unspectacular) goalie that Ottawa needs to scratch and claw its way back to semi-relevance. (Source: Senators Twitter page.)

9:00 PM ET games

Anaheim @ Dallas

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – This is Hiller’s team. (Source: OC Register.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – Lehtonen looks to get his eighth start of the season tonight. He’s been a workhorse so far and while that’s logical, his injury history suggests that it might be wise to give shaky backup Andrew Raycroft the nod sooner or later. (Source: Defending Big D.)

Edmonton @ Calgary

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – He’s been playing relatively well so far this season and the Oilers lack much in the way of backups, so expect him to start with considerable regularity. (Source for both: Copper & Blue.)

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – Even less surprising than seeing Khabibulin in net for the Oilers. Should be a fun episode of the Battle of Alberta tonight. (Source for both: Copper & Blue.)

10:00 PM ET game

Colorado @ Vancouver

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – If Budaj can prove to be a solid backup, that would give former backup Craig Anderson a nice occasional breather this season. The Avs need Anderson to play well if they have any hope of back-to-back playoff appearances. (Source: Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source: Canucks Twitter page.)

After making NHL debut, Jones re-ups with Isles

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One of the Isles’ feel-good stories from last season wrote a new chapter on Thursday.

Connor Jones, the undrafted 26-year-old that made his NHL debut in April, has signed a one-year, two-way extension, the club announced.

Jones certainly earned his way to the show. He spent four years at Quinnipiac before catching on with the Oilers, spending time with both their AHL and ECHL affiliates before jumping to the Isles organization in 2015.

Though he’s not an offensive producer — just 19 points in 58 games with Bridgeport last season — Jones emerged as a good energy guy that proved an effective penalty killer.

With AHL Bridgeport, he also played alongside his twin brother, Kellen, who was in attendance as Connor made his NHL debut in April.

Connor would go on to play four games for the Isles, averaging just under 12 minutes per night.

Report: Dwight King could be KHL-bound

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Dwight King, the burly forward that won a pair of Stanley Cups in Los Angeles, may be on his way to Russia.

Per News 1130 in Vancouver, King is set to sign in the KHL after failing to land a contract this summer. The 28-year-old finished last season in Montreal after spending the first seven years of his NHL career in Los Angeles.

For a time, King was an effective skater for L.A. He posted a career-high 15 goals and 30 points during the ’13-14 campaign, and followed that up with a 13-goal, 26-point effort the year following. He also had a nice showing during the Kings’ 2014 Cup run, finishing with 11 points in 26 games.

King’s biggest issue is his skating ability. At 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, he was never the fleetest of foot, but had been working on his speed this offseason.

More, from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:

King is still looking for work after finishing the season in Montreal. There are a few Western Conference teams poking around.

“I’m just looking for an opportunity at this point. I’m going to be on the ice more this year, doing a little more skills and skating. Any bit of improvement I can find.”

King is going to try a couple new teachers, then decide which route to take. One also works with former teammate (and new Golden Knight) Brayden McNabb. King is quite the physical specimen, but will take a new approach. He regularly played at 230–231 pounds, but is going to go to 225–226. And he believes the Western Conference is better for him.

News 1130 reported that Vancouver had shown “mild interest” in King, who just wrapped a three-year $5.85 million deal with a $1.95M cap hit.

King appeared in 17 games for the Habs after being picked up at the deadline last season, scoring once. He went pointless in six playoff games.

McLellan excited about addition of ‘utility player’ Strome

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To hear Todd McLellan explain it, Ryan Strome could be wearing many hats next season.

That’s what the Oilers head coach said on Wednesday of the former Isles forward, acquired earlier this summer in the Jordan Eberle trade. McLellan expressed excitement over Strome’s ability to play both center and wing.

“He (Strome) is a utility player,” McLellan said, per the Sun. “He has the ability to play center and has in the past. He’s been able to win faceoffs and he’s comfortable on the wing. We have the luxury of moving players around, and as the fans here know, we like to do that.”

That last sentence is clearly a reference to Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl has flipped back and forth between playing as Edmonton’s No. 2 center and as a winger on the top line alongside Connor McDavid. The talented German’s had success at both, which is why Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is still unsure if Draisaitl is a center or a winger.

More: Strome pumped at prospect of playing with Draisaitl, McDavid

As for Strome, he certainly gives Edmonton some flexibility — on the ice, and on the books.

With a $2.5 million cap hit (compared to Eberle’s $6M), he’s provided Chiarelli with more cap space to get the Draisaitl contract done. And there’s also the potential for him to be a real bargain. Remember, Strome is only two years removed from a sophomore campaign in which he scored 17 goals and 50 points in 81 contests. His subsequent two years with the Isles were a disappointment, but the talent is still there.

The wildcard in all this is the fact that Strome’s heading into a contract year. He’ll be a restricted free agent next July, so the ’17-18 campaign will go a long way in determining his value… and, potentially, his future in Edmonton.

McDavid disappointed at NHL decision to skip Olympics

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TORONTO (AP) Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he’s disappointed the NHL won’t be sending players to the Winter Olympic in South Korea.

“It would have been a special group, and you’re just hopeful to be a part of it,” McDavid told reporters at a charity event Wednesday. “It’s disappointing, but that’s the way it is. You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible.”

McDavid’s comments came a day after Hockey Canada announced it was looking for non-NHL talent for Canada’s roster in Pyeongchang.

Sean Burke, the team’s GM, said Tuesday the bulk of Canada’s team will come from players based in Europe.

The NHL’s reasons not to participate in the upcoming Games include disagreements over costs as well as problems accommodating the Games during its regular season.

When asked whether there was the possibility of getting permission from the Oilers to attend the Olympics, McDavid was non-committal.

“I’m not too involved in all that stuff,” he said.

The NHL Players Association has said the league’s decision is “short-sighted.”

The NHL allowed its players to compete in every Olympics since 1998 Nagano Games, and Canada was won three of the last four gold medals.