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Today’s Starting Goalies – November 18

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 @ Toronto

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur – You cannot really fault the Devils for being loyal to their perennial starter, can you? (Source: Tom Gulitti.)

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – With J.S. Giguere injured, “The Monster” is the obvious choice. (Source: James Mirtle.)

Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – Want proof that Ellis is the starter? He’s playing in back-to-back games after beating the Islanders last night. (Source: Erik Erlendsson.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – Sounds like Bob will get his 12th consecutive start. Does anyone else think that might be a bit much for the impressive rookie? (Source:

Florida @ Boston

Likely Florida starter: Scott Clemmensen – Not totally sure about this, but Tomas Vokoun had to make 38 saves in his last start so he might need a breather.

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – He played last night, so it’s really a coin toss between Thomas and Tuukka Rask. I’m leaning slightly toward Thomas in this one.

7:30 PM ET game

Nashville @ Montreal

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source: Tony Marinaro.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – He’s absolutely at the top of his game right now. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

8:30 PM ET game

San Jose @ Dallas

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – I’m guessing the Sharks will give their 1b a start because Antero Niittymaki played on the road against the Colorado Avalanche last night. This is just a gut reaction, though.

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – As long as there isn’t a back-to-back – or an injury – Lehtonen will be the odds-on favorite to receive the start. (Source: Defending Big D.)

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.