Today’s Starting Goalies – November 20

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

Los Angeles @ Boston

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – Jonathan Bernier started last time, so the Kings probably will give Quick another start. (Source: Los Angeles Times.)

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – Hard to argue with his results lately. (Source: Boston Bruins Twitter feed.)

Florida @ NY Islanders

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source: George Richards.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – Again, it’s not really Rolo’s fault that the Islanders are losing again and again. (Source: Katie Strang.)

Nashville @ Carolina

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne – He just earned a shutout, so no surprise here. (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – Justin Peters lost the last game in a shootout, so Ward is the odds-on favorite to earn the start. (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)

Tampa Bay @ Buffalo

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – Did the Lightning even have goalies in the last game? (Source: Raw Charge.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source: Buffalo News.) UPDATE: Patrick Lalime will start. Ryan Miller is a late scratch and is listed day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Toronto @ Montreal

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – It sounds like it will be a match between “The Monster” vs. the man facing monster expectations. (Source: Jonas Siegel.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – You really cannot say enough good things about the way Price has been performing. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Philadelphia @ Washington

Likely Philadelphia starter: Brian Boucher – Some people are tired of the “Is Sergei Bobrovski too tired?” talk, so perhaps it will be refreshing to see Boucher in net. Then again, he’s playing against Washington, so maybe he won’t want to play as much. (Source for both: Broad Street Hockey.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – Braden Holtby played the last game and didn’t even make it through the entire contest, so of course Neuvirth will get the start today. (Source for both: Broad Street Hockey.)

8:00 pm ET games

NY Rangers @ Minnesota

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – No guarantee, but it looks like Hank will get the start. (Source: Andrew Gross.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom – Jose Theodore kept the Wild in the game against Detroit last night, now it’s Backstrom’s turn to try to keep the winning streak going as Marian Gaborik returns to Minnesota. (Source: Michael Russo.)

New Jersey @ St. Louis

Likely New Jersey starter: Michael McKenna – With Martin Brodeur injured, it was either McKenna or Johan Hedberg. Not sure why it’s not Hedberg. (Source: Tom Gulitti.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Ty Conklin played last time, so now Halak will try to get something going for still kind of struggling St. Louis. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch.)

Colorado @ Dallas

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – Budaj played well in Craig Anderson’s absence, so it makes sense not to put too much of a burden on Anderson. The Avs are quietly hot right now, by the Stars are a tough opponent. (Source: Adrian Dater.)

Note: other sources claim Craig Anderson, so beware.

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – Not much mystery with this one, though. (Source: Dallas Morning News.)

Stay tuned for the probable goalies for the last two games later today.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?