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Tonight’s starting goalies – Saturday, November 13th (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.

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Ottawa @ Boston

Ottawa’s starter: Brian Elliott gets the call against Boston. (Source)

Boston’s starter: Tim Thomas and his ridiculous career record against the Senators will get the start. (Source)

Washington @ Buffalo

Washington’s starter: Rookie Braden Holtby will make his second career start tonight. (Source)

Buffalo’s starter: Ryan Miller makes his triumphant return to action for Buffalo. He hasn’t played since late October and the Sabres could use a lift in goal now that Jhonas Enroth has been sent back to the AHL. (Source)

Vancouver @ Toronto

Vancouver’s starter: Roberto Luongo gets the nod and if you’re looking at this from a fantasy hockey perspective, if you’ve got Luongo this might be a really good night to start him. (Source)

Toronto’s starter: Jean-Sebastian Giguere will start for the Leafs on Nazem Kadri’s coming out party on Hockey Night In Canada. (Source)

Carolina @ Montreal

Carolina’s starter: Cam Ward gets the call as the Hurricanes leave the lineup the same from their 8-1 blowout loss. Hmm. (Source)

Montreal’s starter: Carey Price will start once again because, well, frankly he’s the man. The Habs also won’t be changing their lineup. Difference being the beat Boston with this lineup the other night. (Source)

Florida @ Philadelphia

Florida’s likely starter: Suspicion leads us to believe it’ll be Tomas Vokoun once again. There’s been no confirmation of this as of yet, but if there’s a change we’ll  update you.

Philadelphia’s starter: Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod in goal once again for his ninth straight start. (Source)

Pittsburgh @ Atlanta

Pittsburgh’s starter: Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod. After a quiet night against the Lightning last night facing just 16 shots, it makes sense to give Fleury another go against the Thrashers. Perhaps tonight he’ll actually see a few shots. (Source)

Atlanta’s starter: Ondrej Pavelec gets the nod in goal and he’s hoping to change his fortunes against Pittsburgh. He’s 0-4-0 in his career against the Pens with a goals against average of 5.22. Ouch. (Source)

Colorado @ Detroit

Colorado’s starter: Peter Budaj will start again. There was some talk of John Grahame getting the start here, but no dice – it’s Budaj’s game. (Source)

Detroit’s starter: Jimmy Howard goes once again for Detroit. He’s been solid so far this year and Detroit’s done well because of his play. (Source)

Goalie nods: Backup extraordinaire Montoya gets the call versus Wings

Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya watches game action against the New Jersey Devils' during the second period of a NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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The Florida Panthers have had no problem giving Roberto Luongo the odd night off this season. That’s because Al Montoya has been one of the best backups in the league.

Montoya (8-2-1, .931) will get the call tonight in Detroit, with Luongo (23-13-5, .930) expected to start tomorrow in Buffalo.

The Panthers have the highest team save percentage in the NHL, at .926 (which includes empty-net goals).

“They both give us a chance to win every night,” Panthers d-man Brian Campbell told the Miami Herald recently. “Both make huge saves for us at times. You need consistent saves every night and they both bring it. Montoya gets put into a tough spot a lot of times and nothing seems to change.”

Beyond Montoya, other NHL backups with particularly good numbers include the Flyers’ Michal Neuvirth (.933), the Kings’ Jhonas Enroth (.931), the Blues’ Brian Elliott (.930), the Islanders’ Thomas Greiss (.929), and the Wild’s Darcy Kuemper (.928).

Petr Mrazek will start for the Red Wings. He used to be Detroit’s backup, but he’s since surpassed Jimmy Howard for the starting job.

Elsewhere…

Cory Schneider for the Devils at MSG, versus Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.

John Gibson for the Ducks in Pittsburgh, versus Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

— Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Lightning in Ottawa, versus Craig Anderson for the Sens.

Blues put Pietrangelo on IR with knee injury

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Not good news for the St. Louis Blues — the club announced this morning that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on injured reserve with a right-knee injury. He’ll be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Pietrangelo suffered the injury Saturday in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle.

Based on the timeline provided, the Blues will be without their leader in average ice time (26:40) until at least the end of the month. St. Louis plays 10 times between now and Feb. 29, which also happens to be the trade deadline.

The big question, of course, is whether Pietrangelo will be ready to go upon re-evaluation.

The first day of the playoffs is April 13.

Update:

Related: Armstrong wants Blues to get healthy before any trades are made

“I wonder if that’s Crosby, what happens?’ — AV upset after McDonagh concussed by Simmonds

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Alain Vigneault took another shot at the NHL’s Department of Player Safety today.

This time, the Rangers head coach was upset about the lack of supplementary discipline for Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds in the wake of Saturday’s altercation with New York captain Ryan McDonagh.

“An All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down,” Vigneault said, per The Record. “I wonder if that’s (Sidney) Crosby, what happens? What are the consequences? And, on top of that, a player breaks his stick, throws it at the referees. In the rulebook, that’s automatic. It’s three games. Nothing happens. It’s not even on the sheet after the game.”

Simmonds’ punch left McDonagh concussed and unable to play tonight versus New Jersey, with no timetable for his return.

Earlier this season, Vigneault voiced his frustration with the league after Rangers center Derek Stepan suffered broken ribs in Boston on a hit from Bruins forward Matt Beleskey.

Vigneault felt the hit was late.

“I remember Aaron Rome in this building, .6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final,” the former Vancouver Canucks coach said, recalling the contentious 2011 final.

Beleskey was not suspended.

Crosby, Karlsson and Trocheck are NHL’s three stars of the week

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, and Panthers center Vincent Trocheck have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From the NHL:

Crosby led the League in goals and points (5-3-8) in three games as the Penguins (26-18-7, 59 points) earned four of a possible six points to secure the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.

Karlsson led the League in assists and ranked second in points (0-7-7) in three games as the Senators (24-23-6, 54 points) won one of three starts for the week.

Trocheck notched six points (3-3—6) in three games, helping the Panthers (31-15-6, 68 points) widen their lead atop the Atlantic Division to six points.

Related: Red-hot Crosby could make Pens a flawed (but dangerous) dark horse