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.)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?