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: NHL.com.)
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.
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.)
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.