Today’s Starting Goalies – November 11 (early edition)

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

Montreal @ Boston

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask – Considering the fact that Tim Thomas played last night, it seems reasonable to give Rask the start. No guarantee, mind you, just an educated guess. (Confirmed – It’s Rask)

Buffalo @ NY Rangers

Likely Buffalo starter: Jhonas Enroth – It sounds like Ryan Miller will be out a bit longer … things could get ugly in Buffalo.

NY Rangers starter: Martin Biron – Henrik Lundqvist showed up sick tonight, so Biron gets the nod against his former team. (Source)

Tampa Bay @ Washington

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source: Lightning Insider.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – I guess it might be a while until Semyon Varlamov returns. Last I read, he was sent to the AHL for a conditioning stint, so in the mean time Neuvirth has been a nice early season steal in fantasy. (Source: Corey Masisak.)

Philadelphia @ Carolina

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source: Sam Carchidi.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source: Canes Country.)

Minnesota @ Atlanta

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source: Minnesota Wild Web site.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – Now that Pavelec is back, it looks like the Thrashers are going with a pretty steady rotation between Pavelec and Chris Mason. Does that mean that neither are particularly useful in fantasy hockey? (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

7:30 PM ET games

Edmonton @ Detroit

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – He played horribly in his last start, but it’s probably wise that the Oilers go with their one decent option in net for the time being. (Source: Edmonton Journal.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source: Ansar Khan.)

Vancouver @ Ottawa

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source: Nucks Misconduct.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Pascal Leclaire – Brian Elliott has been leading a surging Senators team, but the team might decide to give him a little breather tonight. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Stay tuned for starters for the final three games later tonight.

Rangers get good news on McDonagh, bad news on Nash

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Some good news/bad news for the Rangers.

Exactly one week after suffering a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Ryan McDonagh returned to the ice with his teammates this morning.

The Rangers captain was wearing a non-contract jersey, but “looked good” according to coach Alain Vigneault.

McDonagh was hurt after taking a punch to the head from Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (above).

The 26-year-old has missed each of his team’s last three games since suffering the injury.

McDonagh hasn’t been cleared for contact, but that could happen in the next few days according to Vigneault.

The news wasn’t as good for forward Rick Nash, who’s been dealing with a bone bruise in his leg.

Nash has missed each of New York last eight game’s and Vigneault admitted that he’s no longer considered day-to-day.

He’ll miss at least another week.

Video: Blandisi scores great between-the-legs goal vs. Flyers

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What a story Joseph Blandisi‘s been for the New Jersey Devils this season.

The 21-year-old played in his first NHL game on Dec. 11 and has stayed with the Devils ever since.

It took him five games to pick up his first career point, but he’s done a whole lot more damage since then.

Blandisi came into Saturday’s action with 10 points in his last 12 games and he added to that against the Flyers.

He opened the scoring with this beautiful between-the-legs goal on goalie Michal Neuvirth (top of the page).

That’s Blandisi’s fourth goal of the season.

Some Twitter reaction to the goal:

Bruins’ Bergeron ruled out for Saturday’s game against Wild

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The Boston Bruins will be without center Patrice Bergeron in Saturday afternoon’s matinee against the Minnesota Wild.

It’s unclear how Bergeron suffered the undisclosed injury, but there’s reason to believe it occurred after he dropped the gloves with Jets forward Blake Wheeler (above).

He’s considered day-to-day at this point.

Losing him for an extended period of time would be devastating for Boston.

“You don’t like seeing your star players (fight), but you also understand that it’s an emotional game and that stuff happens and at one point a player says, ‘Enough is enough and I’m going to stand up for myself,’” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game, as per the Boston Herald.

“From what I gathered there was a lot of slashes behind the legs behind the play and stuff like that. He took things upon himself. As much as you don’t like it, you can’t tell him he’s not allowed. He’s a big boy and he can certainly make some decisions on the ice. And it’s not the first time that he’s fought. But I like the fact that he doesn’t fight much.”

After this incident, there’s no doubt that the Bruins will tell Bergeron to keep his gloves on from now on.

Jets will take one more crack at re-signing Andrew Ladd

Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) and Blake Wheeler (26) celebrate Ladd's goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Jets captain Andrew Ladd still doesn’t have a contract for next season and with the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaching, something’s gonna have to give.

According to TSN’s Gary Lawless, the Winnipeg Jets will make one last push to sign the forward before making him available on the trade market.

Ladd doesn’t want to leave and the team wants to keep him, but after Dustin Byfgulien got an extension earlier this month, there may not be enough money to go around.

At one point, the Jets reportedly made Ladd a six-year offer worth $6 million per year, which he obviously didn’t accept.

Can they top that? Time will tell.

Waiting to trade Ladd is probably the smartest decision.

Keeping the captain around would be great, but if the two sides can’t agree to a new contract, there’ll be no shortage of suitors for Ladd’s services.

Lawless mentions the Penguins, Panthers and Blackhawks as potential landing spots for the 30-year-old.

The Kings have also been mentioned as a potential destination for Ladd.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have to make some crucial decisions over the next few weeks.