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.