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Today’s starting goalies – November 21st

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.

NY Islanders @ Atlanta – 5:00 pm ET

New York’s starting goalie: Rick DiPietro will make his first start since November 3rd when the Isles lost to Carolina 7-2. No pressure for Ricky D as the Isles will only be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak.

Atlanta’s starting goalie: Ondrej Pavelec will start once again for Atlanta and he’s on fire of late having not allowed a goal in the last 81:57 played dating back to the second period on Wednesday against Florida.  “Pavelectric” indeed.

Calgary @ Detroit – 5:00 pm ET

Calgary’s starting goalie: Miikka Kipruoff starts for the Flames. (Source)

Detroit’s starting goalie: Jimmy Howard gets the nod once again for the Wings. (Source)

Edmonton @ Anaheim – 8:00 pm ET

Edmonton’s likely starter: No confirmation here butDevan Dubnyk figures to get the call for the Oilers. Martin Gerber is his backup if Dubnyk doesn’t start.

Anaheim’s likely starter: No confirmation here as of yet, but expect Jonas Hiller to get the call in goal. Playing a weaker Edmonton team might be a good reason to give Curtis McElhinney a shot, however.

Phoenix @ Vancouver – 9:00 pm ET

Phoenix’s starting goalie: Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start as you’d expect against a tough Western Conference foe. (Source)

Vancouver’s starting goalie: Roberto Luongo gets the call again after being chased from last night’s game in the second period after allowing four goals against Chicago. (Source)

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.