Today’s Starting Goalies – November 5

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

NY Rangers @ New Jersey

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – It makes sense that he’d play this rivalry game … or just about any other contest. (Source: Andrew Gross.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Martin Brodeur is going to miss a little time, which gives “The Moose” a chance to earn a start or two. (Source: Tom Gulitti.)

Boston @ Washington

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – When you start the season 7-0, chances are, you’ll receive playing time. (Source: Boston Globe.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – He’s been playing well enough that Semyon Varlamov can take his time healing up from his groin injury. (Source: Caps Insider.)

7:30 PM ET games

Montreal @ Buffalo

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – No surprise here. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Patrick Lalime – With Ryan Miller out and Jhonas Enroth coming off a horrible game, it has to be Lalime. Boy, the Sabres are in big trouble. (Source: Mike Harrington.)

Carolina @ Florida

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – Pardon my obvious observation, but the Hurricanes are a far more formidable team with Ward than without him. (Source: Canes Country.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – Same for the Panthers and Vokoun, conveniently enough. (Source: George Richards.)

8:00 PM ET game

Calgary @ Minnesota

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – Kipper is in on the Battle of the workhorse Finns tonight. (Source: Calgary Herald.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source: Minnesota Wild Web site.)

8:30 PM ET game

Phoenix @ Dallas

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – He poses another threat for the hot-and-cold (suddenly hot) Dallas Stars. (Source: Phoenix Coyotes Web site.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen  – He earned a relatively easy win against the Penguins after getting a solid rest. (Source: ESPN Dallas.)

9:00 PM ET game

Detroit @ Edmonton

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source: Winging it in Motown.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – (Source: Edmonton Oilers Web site.)

10:00 PM ET game

Pittsburgh @ Anaheim

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – No surprise here after Brent Johnson finally lost in regulation in a big way against the Dallas Stars. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – The Ducks need to make this homestand count, so Hiller will get a bunch of starts. (Source: OC Register.)

NHL has no plans to change waiver rules

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Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”

“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”

Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.

In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.

So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?

Your call, Marc Bergevin.

Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL

Ortio clears waivers, assigned to Flames’ AHL team

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Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.

The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),

But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.

In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.