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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.

Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

(The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

As Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) looks on Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic waves to the crowd after a tribute to him was played on the screen during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.

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?

The Panthers ultimately won 7-4.

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: