Today’s Starting Goalies – October 29

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

Montreal @ NY Islanders

Likely Montreal starter: Alex Auld – It sounds like Carey Price will finally get a breather as solid backup Auld will get a start. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – Roloson has played superior hockey so far, so it’s not surprising he’s getting another start. (Source: Lighthouse Hockey.)

Carolina @ NY Rangers

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source: Canes Country.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – He’s been playing pretty well lately after a slightly sluggish start. (Source: Rangers Rants.)

Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – It sounds like Bobrovsky will play his third game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. (Source: Broad Street Hockey.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – Fleury is 1-4 this season and hasn’t played particularly well in any of them while Brent Johnson has been amazingly efficient … so naturally, the Pens will start Fleury. OK. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)

7:30 pm ET game

Buffalo @ Atlanta

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – My best guess is Miller starts tonight.

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – Again, if Ondrej Pavelec plays this week, it’s most likely Saturday. In the mean time, Mason will start in Atlanta. (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)

8:30 pm ET game

Edmonton @ Chicago

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – The Oilers will start Khabibulin as usual after giving him a brief break. (Source: Dan Tencer.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source: Tracey Myers.)

10:00 pm ET game

New Jersey @ Anaheim

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – The Devils aren’t playing very well right now, but Brodeur is still going to get the vast majority of playing time in New Jersey. (Source: In Lou We Trust.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – No surprise here, either. (Source: OC Register.)

Vigneault: ‘After three losses in a row, I think we’ve got everybody’s attention’

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Alain Vigneault has maintained for much of the season that the New York Rangers needed to play better.

The head coach said it a week ago, after the Blueshirts had beaten the Predators, 3-0, despite getting outshot, 31-19.

He’d said it a couple of weeks before that, after they’d beaten the Hurricanes in very similar fashion. (Final score: 3-0. Shots: 33-23 for Carolina.)

But as long as the Rangers kept winning, it was tough, according to Vigneault, to get the message across.

“Sometimes, the results might be going your way, so when you’re pointing out certain things, it might be a little bit more challenging for them to understand because the results are so positive,” Vigneault said, per the New York Post.

“But after three losses in a row, I think we’ve got everybody’s attention.”

Derek Stepan‘s injury — he’ll miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs — has no doubt captured their attention as well. (Oscar Lindberg will center Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast tonight at home to Carolina.)

The Rangers also play Wednesday, in Brooklyn against the Islanders (on NBCSN).

Benn, Holtby and Galchenyuk are NHL’s three stars of the week

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Stars winger Jamie Benn, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.


Benn shared the League lead in goals (4) and points (6) as the Stars (19-5-0, 38 points) won two of three games to continue their best start to a season in the franchise’s 48-year history.

Holtby posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.75 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Capitals (17-5-1, 35 points) to the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.

Galchenyuk tied for first in the NHL with four goals and added one assist to help the Canadiens (18-4-3, 39 points) earn five of a possible six points and reclaim first place in the League standings.

As much as the injuries to Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher have been frustrating for the Canadiens, those are short-term issues that should be forgotten soon enough. Galchenyuk’s play, in contrast, is reason for long-term optimism. The 21-year-old is trending towards becoming the elite No. 1 center the Habs have needed so badly. He’s not there yet, but when’s all said and done, he could turn out to be the best forward (or player, period) taken in the 2012 draft.

Stepan to miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs


Derek Stepan is out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs, the New York Rangers announced today.

Stepan was hurt Friday on a controversial hit by Boston’s Matt Beleskey. The Bruins’ forward did not receive any supplemental discipline for the check, despite admitting it was “maybe…a little bit late.”

At any rate it’s a big loss for the Rangers, who suddenly find themselves on a three-game losing streak. Considering the timeline, New York could be without one of its top centers for 12-18 games, give or take.

The Rangers host Carolina tonight.

Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

Price to miss minimum six weeks, so no Winter Classic for him

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Carey Price will miss a minimum of six weeks with a lower-body injury, the Montreal Canadiens announced today.

That means Price will miss the Winter Classic against the Bruins on New Year’s Day. The 28-year-old goalie has only appeared in 12 games this season.

On the bright side, the reigning Hart Trophy winner will not require surgery. And considering the Habs have already built up a 13-point playoff cushion in the standings, well, if something like this were going to happen during the season, now is as good a time as any.

Related: The latest on Price’s injury