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.)

PHT Morning Skate: Mike Commodore had an interesting shift as an Uber driver

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

–Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore took a shift as an Uber driver and it sounds like he had a good time. (TSN)

–Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith now has his own cereal and it’s called “Keith Krunch”. (The Athletic)

Pavel Datsyuk‘s hands are still magic. (Top)

–Capitals rookie Zach Sanford is still getting used to life in the NHL. (Washington Post)

–Seven goalies the Los Angeles Kings might be able to trade for. (Sportsnet)

–The Detroit Red Wings helped Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski fall in love with hockey. (Columbus Dispatch)

Even the Flames’ struggling power play capitalized against the Blackhawks’ struggling penalty kill


The Calgary Flames had the league’s worst power play at just four per cent coming into Monday’s game against Chicago.

Yeah. Awful.

The Blackhawks had the league’s worst penalty kill at just 42.9 per cent, which is also awful, although their issues go deeper than that aspect.

So, of course special teams played an important role in this game. Despite their previous struggles with the advantage, the Flames scored twice on the power play, on goals from Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan, taking their turn capitalizing on Chicago’s early-season difficulties short handed.

The Flames finished two-for-five on the power play, giving them three power play goals in 30 opportunities so far. They jumped all the way to 27th in the league in that category (!!) at 10 per cent. The Blackhawks have given up 14 power play goals against on 26 chances.

“We’ve got to get that out of our game,” Jonathan Toews told CSN Chicago. “As I’ve been saying, the penalty kill usually translates from our effort 5-on-5 and if we’re not starting games well, then we’re getting behind. Obviously [we’re] giving up power plays to begin with and we’re not killing the penalty kills that we’re on. Unfortunate to get behind again tonight.”

This is not the company you’d expect the Blackhawks to be keeping.

The Blackhawks did come back to force overtime, but they ultimately lost 3-2 in the shootout.

Former Blackhawk Kris Versteeg scored the only goal in the deciding breakaway contest, giving Calgary the win.

While the Flames power play came alive for this game, the play of goalie Brian Elliott was significant.

He, too, had struggled mightily with three losses in three starts, and a .839 save percentage, prompting his former teammate Jake Allen to say Flames fans shouldn’t be worried about Elliott despite his dreadful start.

Against Chicago, Elliott made 31 saves on 33 shots and then made five saves in the seven-round shootout.

The Habs took a chance signing Radulov and (so far) they’ve been rewarded

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 20:  Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre on October 20, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The Montreal Canadiens took a chance on Alexander Radulov.

The cost? One year at $5.75 million, which is a significant investment for a 30-year-old player with plenty of talent but past off-ice discipline issues. So far, Radulov has been a welcomed addition to a Habs lineup that needed a skilled forward capable of putting up good numbers and taking a top-six role.

The success — or lack of — for the Habs will always focus around the play and health of goalie Carey Price.

But Radulov is off to a nice start to the season, which should provide some optimism for Canadiens fans after a disappointing 2015-16 season and the tumultuous summer that followed.

He entered Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with two points in five games, but had solid puck possession numbers. Against the Flyers, he was once again a central figure for the Habs on the attack.

And the production followed.

He had a three-point night, setting up Shea Weber‘s goal in the second period — Weber’s slap shot busted the stick of Brayden Schenn and still had enough to get by goalie Steve Mason — and Brendan Gallagher for the eventual winner late in the third period.

Radulov then secured the win with an empty-net goal, giving him five points in six games. The Habs, following their 3-1 win over the Flyers, remain the only team in the league without a regulation loss.

Radulov entered the season as a potential X-factor for the Habs.

General manager Marc Bergevin received plenty of criticism for trading P.K. Subban. But so far, the returns from signing Radulov have been promising for the Habs.

Video: Shea Weber scores with blistering slap shot that destroyed Schenn’s stick


In case you didn’t know by now, here is more evidence that Shea Weber possesses a devastating slap shot.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman on Monday scored his second goal of the season, once again deploying his shot from the blue line. This time, he ripped a shot that busted the stick of Brayden Schenn, who was trying to get into the shooting lane, and still had enough behind it to beat Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason.

That gave the Habs the lead.

The Flyers responded later on in the second period on Jakub Voracek‘s third goal of the season.