Today’s Starting Goalies – November 2

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 @ Columbus

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – The Habs keep plugging away, putting up one of the best records in the Eastern Conference. (Source: Habs Eyes on the Prize.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – The Blue Jackets’ backup has played competent hockey so far, but there would have to be a pretty glaring disparity for him to steal many starts from Steve Mason. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Ottawa @ Toronto

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – As I’ve said a few times, Pascal Leclaire isn’t likely to start until he’s healthy. Elliott is as average as they come, which to be fair, was good enough for the team to make the playoffs last season. (Source for both: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Giguere is in a goalie duel with Jonas Gustavsson. (Source for both: Silver Seven Sens.)

8:00 PM ET game

San Jose @ Minnesota

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – He might not be the No. 1 in San Jose for the whole season, but he clearly has the upper hand now. If he somehow isn’t claimed in your league, add him now (especially if you have Antti Niemi). (Source: Dave Pollak.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom – No shocker here, but this will be a real challenge for the Wild’s workhorse. (Source: Minnesota Wild Web site.)

9:00 PM ET game

Vancouver @ Edmonton

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – He earned a shutout last night, but Luongo is one of those guys who frequently receives back-to-back starts. It’s probably safe to start him tonight. (Source: The Vancouver Province.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – The Canucks haven’t won on the road and are coming off back-to-back games, so this is a great opportunity for the Oilers to earn a win. (Source: Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun.)

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.