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.)
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.