Today’s Starting Goalies – November 6

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

Chicago @ Atlanta

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source: Second City Hockey.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – It’s great to see him back from that scary collapse incident, now can he regain the starting role from Chris Mason? (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

St. Louis @ Boston

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Halak will need to be sharp in this one, because neither team scores many goals. My guess is he’ll start since he earned a shutout in his last appearance on Thursday.

Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask – Tim Thomas was pulled from the Bruins’ last game against the Washington Capitals, so it sounds like Rask will start. (Source: Joe Haggerty.)

Philadelphia @ NY Islanders

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – He’s been on a nice enough streak that the Flyers broke the Bobrovsky-Brian Boucher rotation. We’ll see if he can keep it up. (Source: Frank Seravalli.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – After how poorly Rick DiPietro has been playing, Roloson might get a big chunk of the starts. (Source: Islanders Twitter page.)

Ottawa @ Montreal

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – The Senators have been on a roll lately, so Elliott should be rewarded for earning them some wins. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Yet another start for Price tonight, which will be his 13th of the season. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Florida @ Carolina

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – This one could go either way, since Vokoun was pulled from the first period of last night’s game. Start him with caution, as it’s just as likely Scott Clemmensen will play.

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – It sounds like Ward will start back-to-back games for the Canes. (Source: Chip Alexander.)

Buffalo @ Toronto

Likely Buffalo starter: Patrick Lalime – With Ryan Miller on the mend, Lalime will probably play fairly often. (Source: Die by the Blade.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Something tells me both of these goalies wishes they had a time machine. (Source: Pension Plan Puppets.)

Minnesota @ Columbus

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore – Good to see the Minnesota Wild will give their expensive No. 1 a rest so their pricey backup can get some reps. (Source: Michael Russo.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – He earned his second straight shutout in his last start, so he deserves this one. (Source: The Cannon.)

9:00 PM ET games

Pittsburgh @ Phoenix

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – No guarantees here, but Marc-Andre Fleury played (and lost) last night, so he’ll probably get the nod since it’s a back-to-back.

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – He was pulled early from last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, so he should be relatively well rested. (Source: Coyotes Web site.)

Dallas @ Colorado

Likely Dallas starter: Andrew Raycroft – Kari Lehtonen played last night – for the full game – so it seems wise to start Raycroft instead. (Source: ESPN Dallas.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – He’s been doing pretty well in Craig Anderson’s absence. (Source: Avalanche Web site.)

Expect an update about the final three late games later on today.

Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

Fleury had 21 saves.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Fabbri’s first spoils McDavid’s debut as Blues down Oilers

Robby Fabbri, Justin Schultz
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid‘s NHL debut.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.

Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward — and McDavid’s childhood friend — was also playing in his first NHL game. The Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 was one of three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson.

Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott. Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the period.

Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.

Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason, was the last Blues player to score in his debut.

NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. … St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck. … The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.