Today’s Starting Goalies – November 16

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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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.)

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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.)

Sens demote former first-rounder Puempel

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Looks like Matt Puempel won’t be making the leap after all.

Puempel, the subject of Ottawa’s “looking to make the leap” profile during our Team of the Day series, has been sent down to AHL Binghamton one day prior to the Sens’ opener against Buffalo.

Puempel, taken by Ottawa in the first round (24th overall) at the ’11 draft, made his big-league debut last season and looked as though he’d stick around — only to suffer a high ankle sprain after 13 games, and miss the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old came into this year’s camp looking to secure a full-time position at the big league level, but was beaten out by Shane Prince for the final forward spot on the roster.

To be fair, contract status probably played a role. Prince would’ve had to clear waivers to get down to Bingo, whereas Puempel didn’t.

A former 30-goal scorer in the American League, Puempel is expected to get another look with Ottawa this season.

Report: Torres won’t appeal 41-game suspension


Sounds like Raffi Torres is accepting his punishment.

Per Sportsnet, Torres won’t appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The report comes just days after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety levied one of the longest disciplinary rulings in league history, citing both the severity of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ lengthy history of suspensions, fines and warnings.

There was some thought, however, that Torres would try to challenge the ruling.


He does have a history of success in that department. In 2012,Torres successfully appealed his suspension for a headshot on Chicago’s Marian Hossa, and had his punishment reduced from 25 games to 21.

Torres also isn’t considered a “repeat offender” under the current collective bargaining agreement, as his last suspension came in 2013.

Of course, part of that clean record is due to the fact he hasn’t played much. Torres has largely been sidelined by injury for the last two seasons, missing all of last year with knee problems.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman delved further into the repeat offender thing in his latest 30 Thoughts column:

If you read the relevant sections of the CBA, the league takes the position that the repeat offender status is only applicable to fines. Repeaters are fined on a per-game basis, non-repeaters on a per-day basis. (The former is more expensive, because there are fewer games than days in an NHL season.) However, if you go to Section 18.2, among the factors taken into account are, “the status of the offender and, specifically, whether the Player has a history of being subject to Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice Conduct.”

So, in the NHL’s view, a player’s history is relevant, even if longer than 18 months ago.

Should the report prove accurate and Torres doesn’t appeal, he will be eligible to return to action on Jan. 14, when the Sharks take on the Oilers.