Today’s Starting Goalies – November 17 (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.

7:00 PM ET games

Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source: Erik Erlendsson.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – There are some rumors that Rick DiPietro injured himself recently, so Rolo will try to start a new era in Long Island with a win. (Source: Katie Strang.)

Boston @ NY Rangers

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source: Fluto Shinzawa.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source: Andrew Gross.)

Vancouver @ Pittsburgh

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – Odds are pretty good it will be old Bobby Lou considering the fact that Cory Schneider earned the last start. (Source for both: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – It looks like the status quo has been restored in the Penguins net. At least for now. (Source for both: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

Buffalo @ Washington

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – No surprise here. (Source: John Vogl.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source: Corey Masisak.)

Ottawa @ Carolina

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – He had a rough one against the Flyers, but it was against the Flyers, after all. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – (Source: Canes Country.)

Florida @ Atlanta

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source: Florida Sun-Sentinel.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – It appears to be his turn in the rotation. (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

7:30 PM ET game

St. Louis @ Detroit

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – He needs to get things together despite the fact that this is going to be a tough November. Detroit won’t make it any easier. (Source: Jeremy Rutherford.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – The Red Wings aren’t messing around against their division rivals at home. (Source: Winging it in Motown.)

8:00 PM ET game

Anaheim @ Minnesota

Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney – Jonas Hiller started last night in Dallas and lost, so with less than 24 hours between games, my best guess is that the Ducks’ backup will receive the start.

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom – He’s been playing some fantastic hockey lately and is especially tough to beat at home. (Source: Minnesota Wild.)

Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic

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The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

This GIF might just say it all, really:

Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.

Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”

Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.

Want it in GIF form? OK then:

Sending a message: Flames scratch Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma

Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Johnny Gaudreau during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau figure to be a big part of the Calgary Flames’ forward group, both in the present and the future.

That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.

After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wow.

It’s amusing timing, too, as the Maple Leafs will roll with a bit of a skeleton crew of their own after that splashy Dion Phaneuf trade.

Some background

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector was there for the practice, which was unusually short at 25 minutes.

“He wasn’t happy with the way we were practicing,” David Jones told Spector. “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.

“I think he was pretty pissed off about the way things were looking.”

Call it a combination of poor execution and maybe a tardy arrival … perhaps from a Super Bowl party or two?

Bruins pay warm tribute to Milan Lucic

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Milan Lucic may or may not spend a big chunk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but the Boston Bruins haven’t forgotten his contributions.

(Their fans haven’t, either.)

The Bruins shared a tribute video for Lucic, decked out in a loud, retro-style Kings sweater on Tuesday. The hulking winger seemed to appreciate the nod from his former team, and also acknowledged fans who watched him develop into one of the league’s most formidable power forwards.

(H/T to the Score by way of The Hockey Beat for the video.)