Today’s Starting Goalies – November 12

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

Edmonton @ New Jersey

Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk – The super-tall goalie will get the start after Nikolai Khabibulin struggled for the second straight game last night against the Detroit Red Wings. (Source: Edmonton Journal.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – It sounds like Brodeur might make his return from a bruised elbow tonight.

Colorado @ Columbus

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – Another start, but get this: we might see the NHL return of John Grahame of all people soon since Craig Anderson is still on the mend. (Source: Adrian Dater.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source: The Cannon.)

Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – Dan Ellis was solid in net for the Lightning last night, but he lost to the Washington Capitals and this is a back-to-back so Smith is the sensible choice. (Source: Raw Charge.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – Brent Johnson wasn’t totally at fault for that third period collapse against the Boston Bruins, but then again, “MAF” wasn’t at fault for everything that went wrong in his losses either. So it makes sense that Fleury is getting a chance. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

7:30 PM ET game

Minnesota @ Florida

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore – Niklas Backstrom played the first half of back-to-back games last night, so Theo it is. (Source for both: Hockey Wilderness.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source for both: Hockey Wilderness.)

9:00 PM ET game

Calgary @ Phoenix

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – No surprise that Kipper gets the start, as usual. (Source: Calgary Herald.)

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source: Roger Millions.)

10:00 PM ET game

Dallas @ Anaheim

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – It seemed like Andrew Raycroft might have gotten the start because Lehtonen played last night. Still, the Stars are saying that he’ll play tonight. (Source: Dallas Stars blog.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – The Ducks never seem to make it obvious who will start … good thing they pretty much always put Hiller in there anyway.

Devils unveil ‘The Salute’ statue in honor of Martin Brodeur

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The New Jersey Devils on Monday unveiled ‘The Salute’ — a statue paying homage to one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, who will have his No. 30 uniform retired Tuesday at Prudential Center.

“Looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans,” Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils, told the Fire and Ice blog.

“That picture, at different times, in different jerseys, actually, like with Team Canada, it all came to that same pose.”

More on the statue from the Devils:

The 900-pound bronze statue was created by renowned sculpture and artist Jon Krawczyk, who worked with Brodeur on the design. Krawczyk, a Boonton Township, N.J. native and lifelong Devils fan, who also created the hockey statue on Championship Plaza outside of Prudential Center, personally drove “The Salute” from his Malibu, Cali. studio to the arena late last week.

Video: Panthers furious after Abdelkader ‘cheap shot’ hit on Barkov

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The Florida Panthers are fuming after their skilled 20-year-old forward Aleksander Barkov left Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings following a hit from Justin Abdelkader.

Abdelkader caught Barkov with a hard hit near the goal line as the Panthers player tried to move the puck up ice early in the second period.

The only call on the play was to Panthers’ blue liner Alex Petrovic for the retaliatory cross check on Abdelkader. Barkov left the game and didn’t return with an upper-body injury.

Members of the Panthers irate with the hit, and the fact there was no call.

“It was a cheap hit, I don’t know how the ref didn’t call it,” Nick Bjugstad told the Miami Herald. “It was frustrating, the whole bench felt that way. We’re not happy with it. It turned the game around. Barkov has tough shoes to fill. It looked pretty serious. We’ll see how the league handles it and I think they will. I just don’t know how it wasn’t handled on the ice.”

“You hate to lose your top player, but that’s part of the game,” added Panthers’ head coach Gerard Gallant.

“We’re disappointed to lose him. I thought it was a cheap shot but the referees didn’t see it that way and explained to me it was a clean check. It’s tough. It happens quick and we get to see the replay. I think it’ll be looked at. [Abdelkader] left his feet a little and got him in the jaw.”

The Panthers gave up three goals in the third period in a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings.

Penguins thump the Ducks as Crosby’s hot streak continues

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In a meeting between two clubs enjoying hot streaks and their own subsequent climbs through the standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Anaheim Ducks courtesy another dominant Sidney Crosby performance on Monday.

After that slow start, Crosby has put together a growing number of dominant performances of late.

The latest, a four-point night, helped the Penguins to a 6-2 final over the Ducks, stopping Anaheim’s winning streak at six games.

— He extended his scoring streak to a career best seven games, and did so with two beauty goals versus the Ducks.

— From Dec. 18 to Feb. 8, he’s appeared in 21 games. In that span, he’s recorded 34 points.

— Crosby is now into the top five among NHL players in points, with 53 in 51 games this season.

He wasn’t the only Pittsburgh player to have a big night. Keep in mind, Evgeni Malkin wasn’t even in the lineup due to a lower-body injury.

Ten different Penguins players recorded points. In addition to Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang had multi-point efforts, and four players — Kunitz, Crosby, Olli Maatta and Patric Hornqvist — were plus-four.

The Penguins now move into third in the Metropolitan Division, while the New York Islanders slip into the first Wild Card spot in the East. Pittsburgh’s lead over the Islanders, however, is only one point.

The Islanders also have a game in hand.

Panthers’ Barkov (upper-body injury) leaves game versus Red Wings

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The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for the remainder of their game versus the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

As per multiple reports, Barkov will not return due to an upper-body injury suffered after a hit from Justin Abdelkader early in the second period.

Abdelkader wasn’t given a penalty on the play. Barkov didn’t play another shift after that hit.

In 42 games this season, the 20-year-old Barkov has 16 goals and 35 points.