Today’s Starting Goalies – November 9

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 game

Edmonton @ Carolina

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – Aside from an often-exciting youth movement, the one consistent positive thing for the Oilers this season has been the play of “The Bulin Wall.” (Source: Edmonton Journal.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – I haven’t been able to confirm this anywhere, but Ward seems like the best bet whenever there’s doubt (and no back-to-back games).

7:30 PM ET games

Washington @ NY Rangers

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – Braden Holtby earned a couple wins, but Neuvirth has been the No. 1 while Semyon Varlamov recovers from some hampering injuries. (Source: Corey Masisak.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – Considering the fact that Martin Biron received the last start (and lost), chances are close to 100 percent that Hank will get the nod. (Source: Rangers Rants.)

Vancouver @ Montreal

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – It looks to be a clash of two workhorse goalies tonight. (Source for both: Habs Inside Out.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – I have to admit I was a little too negative regarding Price in my preseason predictions and such. (Source for both: Habs Inside Out.)

Atlanta @ Ottawa

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – He helped the Thrashers steal a win in his last start despite facing 55 shots. (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – No big surprise here, as he’s helping the Senators maintain their weird hot-and-cold vibe from the 2009-10 season. Better than cold-and-cold, right? (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Toronto @ Tampa Bay

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere (Source for both: Pension Plan Puppets.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – He might inspire his fair share of obscure Twitter jokes, but he seems like the obvious 1a in Tampa Bay right now. (Source for both: Pension Plan Puppets.)

9:30 PM ET game

Calgary @ Colorado

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – The Flames might be up and down, but one thing seems to be constant: Kipper getting almost every start. (Source: Roger Millions.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – It doesn’t seem like the Avalanche will get Craig Anderson back anytime soon, but Budaj is keeping them afloat with sometimes outstanding goaltending. (Source: Terry Frei.)

10:30 PM ET game

Anaheim @ San Jose

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – My guess is that the Ducks will put their top starter in net for this Battle of California, but I haven’t seen anyone confirm or deny it.

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – Can the Sharks win another game with Joe Thornton on the sidelines because of a suspension? (Source: David Pollak.)

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer

Johansen calls trade rumblings ‘weird,’ says relationship with Torts is ‘great’

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One day after reports surfaced of Ryan Johansen being at the center of trade talks, all parties involved from Columbus did what they’re supposed to do — downplay the situation.

You can read the denials in full over at the Dispatch, but here’s the gist:

— Johansen said the rumors were “weird” and that he’s “never seen it before.” He also said there were no issues between him and head coach John Tortorella, calling the relationship “great.”

— GM Jarmo Kekalainen wouldn’t address the report, nor would Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

— Johansen added he hasn’t spoken to any of Columbus’ management about the trade rumblings.

So there’s that. What’s next?

At this stage of the game, it’s hard not to think about another Overhardt client, Kyle Turris.

Turris, you’ll recall, spent four (mostly) stormy years with the Coyotes before his trade out to Ottawa was orchestrated. Turris eventually told GM Don Maloney “this is not going to work out” with the club, and he was gone.

So, consider the similarities now:

— Turris was 22 at the time of the trade, with four years and 137 games under his belt.

— Johansen is 23, with five years and 291 games.

— Both had contentious contract holdouts with their respective clubs.

— Both are Overhardt guys.

— The Turris trade happened after the Coyotes went from Wayne Gretzky to Dave Tippett as head coach.

— Johansen is already on his third head coach (Scott Arniel, Todd Richards, Tortorella).

For now, these are all coincidences (or a forced narrative, depending what you think of the author).

And, of course, the one big — big — difference between the two is that, at the time of his trade, Turris wasn’t as good or established a player as Johansen currently is. Therefore, logic suggests any Johansen trade would be a lot more blockbuster-y and, therefore, probably more complex.

And as we know, complex deals aren’t easy to pull off.

Flyers’ Gagner to miss another week after Malone hit

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The nasty blow Sam Gagner took in Monday’s game against Carolina will keep him on the shelf for a little bit.

On Wednesday, Flyers GM Ron Hextall said the club expected Gagner to be out around a week with injuries suffered on the hit, delivered by ‘Canes forward Brad Malone (per the Inquirer).

Gagner suffered a fairly significant facial laceration, which forced him from the game entirely. He didn’t practice on Tuesday and, in a corresponding move, the Flyers called up Colin McDonald from the AHL to fill Gagner’s spot on the roster.

This is the second facial injury Gagner’s suffered in recent years. He’d previously had his jaw broken by an errant Zack Kassian high stick, while he was with the Oilers and Kassian the Canucks.

Prior to getting hurt, Gagner had two goals and five points in 18 games, averaging just under 12 minutes per night.