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.

NBC and NBCSN have you covered for Hockey Day in America

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With two games on NBC and then two more on NBCSN, your Sunday should be jam-packed with Hockey Day in America action. A look at the hockey hotbed of Warroad, Minnesota adds a delectable cherry on top, too.

If you need a guide to this party of pucks and patriotism, look no further than this post.

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and the dominant Capitals take on Ryan McDonagh and the Blueshirts. The Metropolitan Division represents some of the NHL’s upper crust, so don’t be fooled by the Rangers being the first wild card while the Caps are tops in the East; both of these teams can go. Kenny Albert and Brian Boucher will be there to call the action.

MORE: For Oshie, ties to Warroad run deep

Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk will be in the booth for this battle between teams that met in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final series in 2008 and 2009. Along with usual suspects like Sidney Crosby and Henrik Zetterberg, these teams feature American scorers such as Dylan Larkin and, of course, Phil Kessel.

Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres, 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The action shifts to NBCSN as Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks hope to teach Jack Eichel and the upstart Sabres a lesson or two. The Blackhawks are in playoff position, as usual, while Buffalo is rallying to try to make a push of its own. Gord Miller and Joe Micheletti will be your guides.

MORE: Islanders forward Brock Nelson’s journey from Warroad to the NHL

Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Hockey Day in America’s coverage closes off with this matchup between David Backes‘ Bruins and Joe Pavelski‘s Sharks. Randy Hahn, Andy Brickley and Bret Hedican will take you through this match between the Pacific Division’s top team and a Bruins team fighting to stick in the East playoff picture.

Barkov’s beautiful goal pushes Panthers into playoff position

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 26: Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers circles the net with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the BB&T Center on November 26, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Blue Jackets 2-1 in a shoot out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The Florida Panthers just won’t be denied as they end the night in the East’s top eight.

It’s fitting, then, that Aleksander Barkov wouldn’t be denied on his game-winner against Los Angeles on Saturday.

Barkov bursts beyond multiple Kings, fights off what would have been an obstruction penalty and then beats Peter Budaj by the narrowest of margins to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead 15 seconds into the third period. They would never relinquish that edge to Los Angeles, winning their fourth game in a row.

In the process, the Panthers – a team that seemed to be fledgling when it fired Gerard Gallant – now find themselves in the East’s top eight. Heck, they’re actually above the wild card fray by a hair.

Before we get to that … just bask in the glow of this Barkov goal:

Again, it was such a small window to beat Budaj, too:

(If the Panthers’ place in the standings doesn’t sway you into taking them seriously, maybe note plays like that and the fact that Barkov has 20 points in his last 17 games.)

OK, so with this win, the Panthers did some serious leapfrogging. They now rank third in the Atlantic Division (thanks to a game in hand on Boston) and have more points than Toronto as far as wild card concerns go, anyway.

Atlantic Division rankings

1. Canadiens – 70 points in 59 games
2. Senators – 68 points in 56 games
3. Panthers – 64 points in 57 games

Bruins – 64 in 58
Maple Leafs – 63 in 47
Sabres – 62 in 59
Lightning – 58 in 57
Red Wings – 56 in 58

From a wild card perspective

Third in Atlantic – Panthers – 64 points in 57 games
Second wild card – Bruins – 64 in 58

Maple Leafs – 63 in 47
Islanders – 62 in 57
Sabres – 62 in 59
Flyers – 61 in 58
Devils – 60 in 58
Lightning – 58 in 57
Hurricanes – 56 in 54
Red Wings – 56 in 58

Everything’s so close that the Panthers can’t pop champagne bottles, but they’re also very much in control over their hopes. While it never hurts to see your competitors stumble, the Panthers can take care of business. They “control their own destiny,” to use silly sports parlance.

And considering how they’ve been playing lately, they might be as tough to handle in the playoffs as Barkov was to stop on that outstanding 3-2 goal.

Stars made Dave Strader’s return to the booth special

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It was a special night as the Dallas Stars beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime, but the most memorable moment wasn’t the win or Antoine Roussel‘s hat trick.

Instead, it was how the team embraced Dave Strader’s return to the broadcasting booth as he continues to fight cancer.

Don’t be ashamed if his comments to the Dallas Morning News leave you emotional:

“This is the first time, to be honest with you, that for four hours I didn’t feel like I was sick at all,” Strader said after the game. “Maybe it was the adrenaline high, but I really, really feel great right now.”

Again, the team really did some great things to welcome him back, but the highlight was saluting him after the game. Incredible stuff.

“What a gesture by the boys … meant so much to me and my wife! Thank you.” Strader tweeted after the game.

As this post notes, Strader is expected to do play-by-play for four more Stars games.

Add allowing center-ice goal to Brian Elliott’s rough season

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So far, there’s just one goal in tonight’s Calgary Flames – Vancouver Canucks game. And it wasn’t a good one.

The Canucks couldn’t manage a shot on goal for more than half of the first period, maybe putting Brian Elliott to sleep … as Alexander Edler scored the 1-0 goal from center ice on Vancouver’s first shot that actually got on net. Ouch.

It’s already been a tough season for Brian Elliott, who came into Saturday with an .898 save percentage.

Elliott was perfect through the rest of the first two periods, so we’ll see if Calgary can overcome that gaffe.

Update: The Canucks ended up winning 2-1 in overtime. Ryan Miller was the better of the two goalies in this one.