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
Nashville @ Toronto
Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne – The Predators’ workhorse goalie is starting to get things together this season, slowly but surely. (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)
Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – The Maple Leafs are really falling apart right now. They’re hoping that the veteran Giguere can help them to get back into things in the East. Otherwise things might get even uglier. (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)
Philadelphia @ Montreal
Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – It’s a battle between two elite teams in the East, so it makes sense that Bobrovsky gets the start. The question is, can the rookie adjust to the grind of being a No. 1 starter in the NHL? So far, he’s passing most of his first tests with flying colors. (Source: Frank Seravalli.)
Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Price is at the top of his game right now, but he’ll face a real test in the Flyers tonight. (Source: Pat Hickey.)
9:00 PM ET game
Anaheim @ Dallas
Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – It’s rarely easy to get a guaranteed reading on whom the Ducks will start, but luckily, Hiller gets almost every start anyway so it’s safe to put him in if you like the matchup.
Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – No big surprise here, considering how much of a break the Stars have had since Friday. (Source: ESPN Dallas.)
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.