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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)

NHLPA hire Bruce Meyer brings a ‘wealth of knowledge,’ says Fehr

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Bruce Meyer’s résumé of victories as a lawyer is a long and impressive one, and he has now joined the NHL Players’ Association as a senior director of collective bargaining, policy and legal, the union announced Thursday.

During his tenure of more than 25 years at the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, Meyer represented the NHLPA, NFLPA and NBPA.

The NHLPA said in a statement that in his new position, Meyer “will focus on a wide array of policy and legal issues.”

In working for those unions, he was involved in matters such as collective bargaining and arbitration, as per his online profile.

“Bruce will be a great addition to the NHLPA’s staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge to this new role coming from his law firm where he gained three decades’ worth of valuable experience, including effectively representing the NHLPA and other Players’ Associations as outside counsel,” said NHLPA executive director Don Fehr in a statement.

The NHLPA said Meyer will begin at his new position in mid-August.

The news of this hire comes more than a month after the league sued the NHLPA after Dennis Wideman‘s 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson was reduced to 10 games by a neutral arbitrator.

Related: Report: NHL dismisses neutral arbitrator who reduced Wideman’s suspension

Sweet ride: Blackhawks sponsor CJ Wilson Racing’s Porsche Cayman at Road America

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Chicago Blackhawks fans, start your engines!

Yes, according to MotorSportsTalk, the Blackhawks have become the main sponsor of CJ Wilson Racing’s No. 35 car, a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, for the upcoming IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Road America next month.

That’s a sweet ride.

From MotorSportsTalk:

The partnership will officially launch at the United Center on Wednesday, August 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m in advance of Saturday’s race. Fans will have the opportunity to get up close to the car, meet the drivers and Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard, and have their picture taken.

The race takes place Aug. 6 at Road America in Wisconsin.

Third team’s the charm? Devils ink Gormley to one-year, two-way deal

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Since being selected by the Coyotes at 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Brandon Gormley has had a difficult time breaking into the league on a full-time basis.

On Thursday, the 24-year-old Gormley joined his third NHL team, signing with the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level, the club announced.

Despite his draft status, Gormley has yet to play a full season in the big league, although this deal could give him an opportunity to end that. For the Devils, the deal adds more depth to the blue line in the organization and for a friendly price.

Last season, Gormley split time between the Colorado Avalanche and its farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. Despite some high expectations about where he could fit on the Avs’ blue line, he was eventually put on waivers in January.

He ended the season with one assist in 26 games with the Avalanche, and hit the open market after Colorado didn’t give him a qualifying offer.

Wild sign Dumba to two-year, $5.1M deal

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After ongoing contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the two sides have come to a deal.

The Wild announced Thursday that they had signed Dumba to a two-year deal, worth a total value of $5.1 million.

A breakdown of the new deal:

— In 2016-17: $2.35 million.

— In 2017-18: $2.75 million.

Selected seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, Dumba had his most productive campaign this past season, with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games.

Known for his offensive skills — he had 20 goals and 57 points with Red Deer in the WHL in his draft year — Dumba also brings a coveted right-shot to the Wild blue line, which features four players with contracts of four or more years of term remaining.

As per General Fanager, the Wild still have $2.168 million in projected cap space, but they have secured all their remaining restricted free agents.