Today’s Starting Goalies – November 15

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

New Jersey @ Boston

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – Will Marty and the Devils finally start getting some wins together? It sounds like he will get his chance to start stringing some together tonight. (Source for both: Tom Gulitti.)

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – He didn’t play too poorly in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Senators, so it’s not crazy to give him another start. (Source for both: Tom Gulitti.)

Vancouver @ Buffalo

Likely Vancouver starter: Cory Schneider – Roberto Luongo gets a breather in favor of his backup Schneider. (Source: Nucks Misconduct.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – The Sabres are starting to show signs of life right as Miller returns from injury. That’s probably not a coincidence. (Source: Die By the Blade.)

NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source: Rangers Twitter page.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – The Penguins won two in a row, but can they keep it going in the not-so-friendly confines of their new arena? (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

Ottawa @ Philadelphia

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – He’s been far and away the best option in net for the Senators this season. Consider me in the “not surprised” camp. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – “Bob” is in a neck-and-neck battle with Michal Neuvirth for wins this season. It makes sense that he’ll get yet another start tonight. (Source: Tim Panaccio.)

8:00 PM ET game

St. Louis @ Colorado

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – The Blues are starting to look human, which isn’t surprising considering the disparity between a cushy October and a tough November. (Source: St. Louis Today.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj (Source: Dan O’Neill.)

10:30 PM ET game

Los Angeles @ San Jose

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Bernier – This could be a big test for the “other” Jonathan in net. (Source: Rich Hammond.)

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – Antti Niemi got the last start, so chances are high that the “1a” will get this one. (Source: David Pollak.)

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.