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Today’s Starting Goalies – November 19 (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 game

Carolina @ Pittsburgh

Likely Carolina starter: Justin Peters – Sounds like Cam Ward will get a breather after a series of feast or famine starts. (Source: Chip Alexander.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – The days of Brent Johnson encroaching upon his starting job seem just about over. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

7:30 PM ET games

Washington @ Atlanta

Likely Washington starter: Braden Holtby – The Capitals start a back-to-back set tonight, so that explains why Holtby will probably get a rare start. (Source: Washington Post.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

Los Angeles @ Buffalo

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Bernier – It sounds like the “other” Jonathan will start against the Sabres tonight. (Source: Rich Hammond.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – Even in back-to-back games, it’s reasonable to assume Miller will be in net. (Source: Buffalo News.)

Minnesota @ Detroit

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore – The Wild face back-to-back games starting tonight, so Theodore will play the first game and Niklas Backstrom will most likely play on Saturday. (Source: Michael Russo.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – Chris Osgood’s injury + Jimmy Howard’s superior play = eight consecutive starts for Howard. (Source: Ansar Khan.)

8:00 PM ET game

Ottawa @ St. Louis

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – He’s played a bunch of games for the Senators and has been blown out twice in a row after winning five in a row, so be careful if you start him. It could be all or nothing for Elliott. (Source for both: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Ty Conklin – Jaroslav Halak is struggling mightily, so the Blues are letting their solid and steady backup take the reins for a game. (Source for both: Silver Seven Sens.)

Stay tuned for the four late game starters in the late edition, which should be up in less than an hour.

Lucic: If I wanted to hurt Couture, ‘I would have hurt him’


Last night in Los Angeles, Kings forward Milan Lucic received a match penalty after skating the entire width of the ice to give San Jose’s Logan Couture a two-hand shove to the face.

Lucic didn’t hurt Couture, who had caught Lucic with an open-ice hit that Lucic didn’t like. Couture’s smiling, mocking face was good evidence that the Sharks’ forward was going to be OK.

This morning, Lucic was still in disbelief that he was penalized so harshly.

“I didn’t cross any line,” Lucic said, per Rich Hammond of the O.C. Register. “Believe me, if my intentions were to hurt him, I would have hurt him.”

While Lucic knew he deserved a penalty, he said after the game that he didn’t “know why it was called a match penalty.” His coach, Darryl Sutter, agreed, calling it “a borderline even roughing penalty.”

And though former NHL referee Kerry Fraser believes a match penalty was indeed warranted, Lucic said this morning that he hasn’t heard from the NHL about any possible supplemental discipline.

Nor for that matter has Dustin Brown, after his high hit on Couture in the first period.

In conclusion, it’s good to have hockey back.

Related: Sutter says Kings weren’t ‘interested’ in checking the Sharks

Torres apologizes to Silfverberg and Sharks


A statement from Raffi Torres:

“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization.”

A statement from San Jose GM Doug Wilson:

“The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL’s supplementary discipline decision regarding Raffi. While we do not believe there was any malicious intent, this type of hit is unacceptable and has no place in our game. There is a difference between playing hard and crossing the line and there is no doubt, in this instance, Raffi crossed that line. We’re very thankful that Jakob was not seriously injured as a result of this play.”

Silfverberg says he expects to play Saturday when the Ducks open their regular season Saturday in San Jose.