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.)

Video: Flyers’ Read (upper-body injury) will not return versus Predators

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read is done for the night with an upper-body injury, the team announced.

Read, who only played three shifts today, was hit into the net by Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg during the first period. Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced the veteran forward suffered an upper-body injury.

There was no call on the play.

In 26 games this season, Read has six goals and 10 points.

Video: Radulov goes top shelf in the shootout and it’s pretty sweet

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 08:  Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 8, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Alexander Radulov has been a pretty good acquisition for the Montreal Canadiens, and he continued to prove that Sunday against the L.A. Kings.

Radulov scored in the shootout against the Kings, helping the Canadiens to a 5-4 victory. He also scored in the second period and had two assists for a three-point night. Not bad.

But his shootout goal was sweet. Just made it look easy, as he went to the backhand, top shelf on Peter Budaj.

With reported tension between coach Michel Therrien and Max Pacioretty, the Habs captain scored twice and had an assist. Another three-point night.

So, the Habs got offensive contributions from their best players.

That said, one of their best players, Alex Galchenyuk left the game late in the third period after a collision with Anze Kopitar away from the puck.

Galchenyuk didn’t return for the overtime. In 25 games, he has nine goals and 23 points, emerging as the No. 1 center in Montreal when the season began.

The Toews injury isn’t getting better, so Chicago’s captain will sit versus Jets

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 28:  Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 28, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Blackhawks face the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, and they’ll do so without captain Jonathan Toews.

Toews will miss a fifth straight game because of a reported back injury.

On Sunday, per CSN Chicago, coach Joel Quenneville provided an update, saying the Blackhawks forward will now be kept off the ice for the next few days because the injury essentially isn’t getting any better.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and they’re going through a difficult time with injuries to key players. Not only is Toews out, but goalie Corey Crawford has been sidelined for two to three weeks after undergoing an appendectomy.

Scott Darling will start in net tonight for Chicago, which has a three-point lead in the Central Division.

The Jets will be without their top point producer Mark Scheifele for a second straight game with a lower-body injury, per NHL.com.

Buffalo’s depth on defense is dwindling

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 18:  Josh Gorges #4 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on October 18, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Sabres aren’t known for their depth on defense, so when they have to deal with injuries at that position, things can get complicated.

Well…I guess things are about to get complicated.

On Sunday, the Sabres announced that Josh Gorges (pictured) will miss “weeks” because of a non-displaced fracture in his foot. The injury occurred after he blocked a shot in Thursday’s game against the Rangers.

Besides Gorges, Buffalo is also without Zach Bogosian and Dmitry Kulikov.

Bogosian has been out since Nov. 3 with sprained ligaments in his knee, and he’s still 10-to-14 days away from getting back into the lineup.

The news is a little better for Kulikov, who returned to practice on Sunday. He’s missed 11 games because of a back injury he suffered in the preseason. He tried playing through it, but obviously he was still in some discomfort.

“Kulikov has now skated two days with some physicality and now been skating for seven days,” coach Dan Bylsma said, per the Buffalo News. “Hopefully, that means we’ll see him in practice soon – in the next week hopefully.”

Now, some of the replacements for these guys are starting to get hurt.

Taylor Fedun missed Sunday’s practice and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play against the Capitals on Monday night. If he can’t go, Buffalo will need to call someone up from the minors.

Things got so wacky last week that the Sabres called up Brendan Guhle from junior on an emergency basis. By rule, he can stay on the roster as long as he keeps playing. Once he stops playing, the emergency tag is removed and he has to go back to his junior team.

Guhle, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Cody Franson and Justin Falk are the healthy defensemen on the roster right now.