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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)

Price paid: Devils come back against Condon, Canadiens

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If nothing else, the New Jersey Devils seem like they won’t be the sort of team a contender can essentially mark off as a “W” on their calendars.

The Montreal Canadiens may not be in a position to take opponents lightly with Carey Price on the shelf, but whatever the case may be, they saw their four-game winning streak end in frustrating fashion on Saturday.

After falling behind 2-0, the Devils scrapped their way back into it, eventually riding a John Moore overtime goal to a 3-2 OT win.

If Montreal needs an obvious bright side to look on considering this hiccup, Alex Galchenyuk‘s hot weekend may be a good thing to look at.

Tonight’s loss may smart a bit anyway, however.

Metro’s best? Capitals keep winning, pass Rangers for division lead

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If you want to summarize the Capitals – Maple Leafs game in one sentence, you could do worse than:

“Washington is hot as Jonathan Bernier is cold.”

The Caps reeled off a 4-2 win against Toronto on Saturday, giving them five straight wins. They also jumped into first place in the Metropolitan Division today, as they keep climbing while the New York Rangers are experiencing some growing pains.

Again, James Reimer can’t get healthy and back in Toronto’s net too soon:

With this win, Washington is now 17-5-1, leading the Metro by one point with 35 standings points. They also hold a game in hand against the Rangers, and no other Metro team even has 30 right now.

Measuring stick stretch begins

Tonight’s game began a “prove-it” month-and-change for Washington.

This contest began a three-game road trip, and they’ll also play six of seven away from Washington.

It’s pretty rough through the start of 2016, really. The Capitals will only enjoy three home games through Jan. 9.

In other words, the Capitals seem like a convincing East contender, but look out if they remain hot through the next 5-6 weeks.

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning


Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Update: It wasn’t enough for a win, however, as the Oilers beat the Penguins 3-2 via a shootout.

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.