Today’s Starting Goalies – November 4

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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

Columbus @ Atlanta

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – The Blue Jackets are hot, but their backup goalie is playing especially well. He’s coming off of a shutout so he should get the start, but don’t worry about Garon stealing Steve Mason’s job anytime soon. (Source: The Cannon.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – If any goalie can use a day off, it’s Chris Mason, who made 52 saves to help Atlanta win last night. Luckily, Pavelec is back in action so the team should have a solid one-two punch in net. (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

NY Rangers @ Philadelphia

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – The talented Swede apparently took a puck to the throat during a Wednesday practice but seems good to go anyway. (Source: Andrew Gross.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – He’s currently on a four-game winning streak, so why not give good old “Bob” another start? (Source: Tim Panaccio.)

7:30 PM ET game

NY Islanders @ Ottawa

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – Considering some of the things (justifiably) being written about Rick DiPietro, Roloson better get the start. (Source: common sense.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – Pascal Leclaire is apparently ready to go, but Elliott has been playing well lately so they’re giving him the nod. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

8:00 PM ET game

San Jose @ St. Louis

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – He’ll receive his Stanley Cup ring tonight, so the troubled goalie will get a start. Maybe the ring will remind him of the form he’ll need to get back in the swing of things? (Source: Working the Corners.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Going out on a limb that after a lengthy layoff, the Blues will turn to their big name guy. (Source: my gut.)

9:00 PM ET game

Vancouver @ Colorado

Likely Vancouver starter: Cory Schneider – The much-touted backup will give Roberto Luongo a break tonight. (Source: Nucks Misconduct.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – Haven’t been able to find confirmation of this one way or another, but I’d guess Budaj is the best bet until the Avs announce that Craig Anderson is good to go again. (Source: my gut, again.)

10:30 PM ET game

Tampa Bay @ Los Angeles

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – It seems like Dan Ellis has the advantage in their goalie duel, but Smith will get a chance to prove himself against one of the best teams in the NHL tonight. (Source: Lightning Twitter page.)

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – I actually got the chance to see Quick in person last week and he was truly amazing. My original impression was that Quick was one of those workhorse type “quantity over quality” goalies, but he’s playing amazing hockey right now. (Source: Rich Hammond.)

Predators give Laviolette a two-year extension

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 09:  Head coach Peter Laviolette speaks to referee Kelly Sutherland #11 during the third period of Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 9, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The Nashville Predators have been on a roll lately, and keeping Peter Laviolette around seems like it keeps things going in a positive direction.

The team announced a two-year contract extension for Laviolette during Saturday’s State of the Union event.

During his first two seasons behind the bench in Nashville, the Predators have managed two playoff berths, beating the Anaheim Ducks in the first round during this last postseason trip. The Predators have managed to stay competitive in the Central Division, which is no small task.

With P.K. Subban added to the mix, it makes great sense to retain Laviolette’s surfaces. You never know how a situation will work until it plays out, yet on paper, his system seems like a seamless fit for the star defender.

Nashville’s shown some promise already under Laviolette’s watch, particularly in quietly putting up some promising possession stats. At this moment in time, the future looks even brighter.

It can’t hurt that the guy has a Stanley Cup on his resume, either.

Goalie mask tour: Seinfeld references, tributes and more

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23:  Actor Patrick Warburton attends The Apartment VIP Party on June 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Hulu)
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As difficult as it is to believe, it’s October already. You know what that means*; hockey season is rapidly approaching.

Along with stories about guys who might still be a little injured claiming they’re “100 percent” and teams carrying in optimism that will eventually look foolish, we also get fun stuff like new goalie masks.

We’d already seen Petr Mrazek pay tribute to Joe Louis Arena a month ago, but with the preseason in high gear, we’re seeing more masks.

While there will likely be some other fun entries before the games start to count in 2016-17, PHT is kindly saving your delicate fingers a few extra clicks by collecting a few choice masks in one post.

To start things off, Michal Neuvirth paid tribute to late Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider:

Michal Neuvirth knew what he wanted on his new Philadelphia Flyers mask. He wanted it transformed into an epic tribute to the one and only, Mr Flyers himself, Ed Snider🙏🏻. Michal and I we brainstormed together and a plan emerged how to create the painting. I just love to create Storyteller masks📕. I wanted this to be truly special❤️. Put a lot of thoughts into every detail. We wanted it to be subtle and clean design that live and breath Flyers in the core. It was an honor to create this piece. On the side is also the wonderful logo of Ed Snider created by fellow artist David E. Wilkinson. In the design you will also just as always find a painting of the castle from Michal's hometown. Thank you Michal, we have worked together for so many years and it always a joy to create your mask paintings😊🎨 Thank you! #neuvirth @philadelphiaflyers #nhl #DaveArt @nhl #DaveArtCreativity #aflyerforever

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This Miami Herald video shares Roberto Luongo‘s very-cool concept: the old Panthers cat on one side, the new one on the other. Here’s a shot from George Richards:

(Anyone else get a little John Vanbiesbrouck nostalgia from that lid?)

Thankfully, no birds were harmed in the making of Louis Domingue‘s mask, which features Arizona sports figures from Randy Johnson to more obvious Coyotes choices:

Nitpick: Steve Nash’s hair could have been floppier. Just saying.

Finally, hockey and Seinfeld once again mix better than a black-and-white cookie in Scott Wedgewood’s mask, which features a Puddy reference:

If you want more goalie masks, DaveArt.com’s list should keep you entertained for some time.

* – Barring all-too-frequent lockouts.

Malkin is ‘not happy’ with the way he’s been playing lately

CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 7: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 7, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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Evgeni Malkin is back in Penguins training camp after a stint with Team Russia at the World Cup.

Malkin and his team reached the tournament’s semifinal before being knocked out by the eventual champions, Team Canada.

The Pens forward collected three points in four games, but he wasn’t satisfied by his overall performance.

“I need to start now,” Malkin said on Saturday, per the Tribune. “I’m not playing great. I’m not happy with my game at the World Cup. I will play better here and now.”

When he’s at his best, Malkin is fully capable of taking over games. That’s easier said than done in a best-on-best tournament, but those are the standards he’s set for himself.

So, what does he have to do to get back to that elite level?

“Play more with the puck. That’s my game always, if I have the puck and I spend more time with the puck. The last four, five games in the World Cup, I tried to use my partners, but my confidence when I play with the puck.”

The 30-year-old dealt with some injuries last year, but still managed to produce 58 points in 57 games during the regular season and 18 points in 23 games during Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup playoff run.

Video: Incredibly awkward ceremonial puck drop before KHL game in China

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KHL hockey is still relatively new in China and it showed prior to Kunlun Red Star’s game against Lada Togliatti earlier this week.

Prior to the game, the team organized a ceremonial puck drop, which ended up being a little awkward to say the least.

You can watch the entire thing by clicking the video at the top of the page.

That’s pretty funny!

The awkward look the two captains gave each other was priceless too.