Today’s Starting Goalies – November 10

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

St. Louis @ Columbus

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Can Halak keep his crazy hot streak going against the Blue Jackets? He’ll certainly get the chance to answer that question. (Source for both: Columbus Post-Dispatch.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – The Blue Jackets really, really want Mason to be their goalie of the future. But they also really, really want to make the playoffs so expect Mathieu Garon to steal his fair share of starts. (Source for both: Columbus Post-Dispatch.)

Boston @ Pittsburgh

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source: Joe Haggerty.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – Sidney Crosby isn’t the Penguins’ head coach, so Johnson will get the nod. (Source: Rotoworld.)

Buffalo @ New Jersey

Likely Buffalo starter: Jhonas Enroth – Ryan Miller will be in the lineup, but just as a backup as he’s still banged up and Patrick Lalime is also on the mend. By process of elimination, that leaves Enroth, as I discussed last night.

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Martin Brodeur is still dealing with his “elbow bruise” so Hedberg should get the start. (Source: Rotoworld.)

7:30 PM ET game

Toronto @ Florida

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – J.S. Giguere received the start last night and lost, so it makes sense that “The Monster” will make an appearance. (Source: James Mirtle.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source: Steve Goldstein.)

8:30 PM ET game

Phoenix @ Chicago

Likely Phoenix starter: Jason LaBarbera – The Coyotes are on a three-game losing streak, so it seems logical to give Ilya Bryzgalov’s backup a shot. (Source: Coyotes Web site.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Corey Crawford hasn’t had much luck this season, so the Blackhawks will turn to Turco to try to end their home slide. (Source: Chris Kuc.)

10:00 PM ET game

NY Islanders @ Anaheim

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – There’s a pretty stark contrast between Roloson’s work and Rick DiPietro’s, so don’t be surprised that Rolo gets the nod even as the team seems to collapse around him. (Source: NY Islanders Twitter page.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – I haven’t been able to confirm this – and he did have a full night of work facing 41 shots against the San Jose Sharks last night – but his backup isn’t at the Giguere/Bryzgalov level so don’t be shocked if he starts tonight too.

Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms

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With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.

After beating the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, the Canucks held on for the 2-1 victory in Arizona on Wednesday, despite being without Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Alex Edler (broken fibula) and Derek Dorsett, who was scratched from the lineup due to illness, as per Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

It was only a few days ago, following a home loss to the Calgary Flames, that it felt like the Canucks’ playoff hopes were essentially dashed. They fielded their healthiest lineup in months and couldn’t score and couldn’t win.

Two quick wins later, they’re two points out of a Wild Card spot in the West, despite getting outshot in Arizona.

Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.

Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut

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A day after getting traded out of Toronto, Dion Phaneuf made his Ottawa Senators debut.

It ended with a 3-1 road loss for the Senators, and Phaneuf getting burned by Henrik Zetterberg on the eventual game winner early in the third period.

Zetterberg picked up the puck near the Ottawa blue line, beat Phaneuf to the outside, slipped the puck under the stick of the Sens’ newest blue liner and quickly roofed his shot on Craig Anderson.

“He made a real good play and you’ve got to give credit when credit is due,” Phaneuf told the Ottawa Sun.

“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”

Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.

Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.

DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.

Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins

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The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.

But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.

In the process, they held a red-hot Sidney Crosby off the score sheet, which has been a difficult, sometimes impossible task for opposing teams since about the middle of December. He entered this game with a seven-game scoring streak.

(In fact, New York held No. 87 to without a shot on goal in the entire game.)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout.

Kevin Hayes gave the Rangers the lead in the first period, before Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast put the game away in the third.

Pittsburgh remains in the second Wild Card spot in the East. The Rangers now move three points clear of the rival Islanders for second in the Metropolitan.

Video: Wideman hearing ‘a tricky case’ as NHLPA hopes to get 20-game suspension reduced

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There is no certain timeline for when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman might rule on Dennis Wideman‘s appeal, according to a report from hockey insider Darren Dreger on NBCSN, as the Calgary Flames defenseman hopes to get his 20-game ban for hitting linesman Don Henderson reduced.

“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.

“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”