Today’s Starting Goalies – October 27

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 games

Washington @ Carolina

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – Semyon Varlamov had an injury setback, so expect Neuvirth to start for a while. (Source for both: Canes Country.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – You have to start Ward in the home opener, right? (Source for both: Canes Country.)

Atlanta @ NY Rangers

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – Ondrej Pavelec likely won’t be back until Saturday the earliest, so expect Mason to get at least two more starts. (Source: Bird Watcher’s Anonymous.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source: Rangers Rants.)

7:30 PM ET games

Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – It would be a big confidence booster if Fleury can help shut down the dangerous Lightning, particularly Steve Stamkos. (Source: Pensburgh.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – He’s as mediocre as you can get while also being 4-0. (Source: Damian Cristodero.)

NY Islanders @ Montreal

Likely Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – He’s been the Islanders best goalie so far, so he deserves to steal a few starts from the guy they want to succeed – Rick DiPietro. (Source: Islanders Twitter page.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

8:30 PM ET game

Los Angeles @ Chicago

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Bernier – The Kings have back-to-back games – today against Chicago and tomorrow against Dallas – so it makes sense that each Jonathan will receive a start. (Source: Kings Twitter page.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source: Chicago Tribune.)

10:30 PM ET game

New Jersey @ San Jose

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – My best guess for this one, because when in doubt, he gets the start. (Source: In Lou We Trust.)

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – It looks like Niittymaki might have the upper hand in this goalie duel. Right now, at least. (Source: David Pollak.)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?