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.)

PHT Morning Skate: Adam Henrique wants to make NHL 17 great again

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Martin Jones is a calming presence in the Sharks’ net. (Sports Illustrated)

–The Rangers should go after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. (The Hockey News)

–Some people have pretty wild hockey tattoos. (BarDown)

–Watch the highlights of last night’s game between the Penguins and Capitals. (Top)

–A great piece on how Bruce Boudreau impacted the Ducks and Capitals. (Sportsnet)

–It should be an interesting off-season for the Anaheim Ducks. (Daily Breeze)

Adam Henrique is a funny guy. He took to Twitter to try and get himself on the cover of NHL 17:

Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

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Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson.

(Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.)

You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on that check, which the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly reviewing.

Generally speaking, the three things people discuss regarding the check is how late it might be, if Letang used his feet and if Johansson’s head was the principal point of contact.

Letang told his side of the story:

The Capitals disagree:

While Barry Trotz pleads the Fifth after his previous comments about Brooks Orpik‘s suspension:

No doubt about it, Letang’s status is the top story to follow in this series between Games 3 and 4. We’ll find out soon enough how it all shakes out.

Penguins ride Murray’s masterpiece to 2-1 series lead vs. Capitals

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If Marc-Andre Fleury suiting up bothers Matt Murray, then the rookie goalie channeled those feelings into a masterful performance on Monday.

The Washington Capitals absolutely dominated Game 3, but Murray was even better, stopping 47 shots as the Penguins stole one 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

(Capitals fans might see some parallels to Washington’s Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers; they fell 2-0 despite a 44-11 shots on goal edge thanks to Michal Neuvirth‘s heroics.)

Murray stopped chance after chance before Alex Ovechkin finally broke through for his first goal of this series. Justin Williams then brought the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2 to make for a hold-your-breath final minute.

A driven Ovechkin and strong overall play from the Capitals (despite this defeat) aren’t the only reasons why Game 4 might present some twists.

First things first: Kris Letang might get suspended for Game 4 (if not for more than one game) thanks to this controversial check on Marcus Johansson.

Beyond that, there could be some bumps and bruises from this contest.

Bryan Rust left during the first period and didn’t return to the game after blocking a shot. Brian Dumoulin seemed shaken up after an Alex Ovechkin hit in the third period. The Capitals might have a player or two to look at, as well.

In other words, the Penguins could really lack for quality defensemen with Letang possibly suspended and possible injury absences for Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.

This series is living up to the hype … and really building up the hate.

Yes, NHL is reportedly looking at Letang’s hit on Johansson

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It remains to be seen if Kris Letang will get suspended for his hit on Marcus Johansson … and if he does, for how long.

(You can read initial reactions and some analysis about the specifics of the check vs. the one that got Brooks Orpik suspended here.)

There are a few things we do know already.

For one thing, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly looking into it.

Another factor that could help Letang avoid a suspension or limit the duration of supplemental discipline: Marcus Johansson returned during the second period.

In fact, Johansson delivered some hits on Letang.

There have been some nasty moments in Game 3, and more might be coming. The Penguins lead 2-0 with a few minutes remaining in the middle frame.