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Today’s Starting Goalies – November 22nd

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

Dallas @ Toronto

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – You get the drill. (Source: Defending Big D.)

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – With J.S. Giguere injured, “The Monster” might receive every start. (Source: Jonas Siegel.)

Calgary @ NY Rangers

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – Even though he played last night in a heart breaker against the Red Wings, chances are solid he’ll be in there again like the good workhorse that he is.

Likely NY Rangers starter: Martin Biron – It sounds like Henrik Lundqvist is struggling with his game a bit, so Biron will get the starting duty tonight while Hank allegedly will play Wednesday. (Source: Jesse Spector.)

Washington @ New Jersey

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – So much for Semyon Varlamov being a tough guy to re-sign this summer, I guess? (Source: Corey Masisak.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Martin Brodeur is injured, so expect a few appearances from “The Moose.” (Source: Tom Gulitti.)

Montreal @ Philadelphia

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – He shut out the explosive Flyers last time. What does he have in store for his encore performance? (Source for both: Habs Inside Out.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Brian Boucher – As strong as Sergei Bobrovsky was, I think it’s smart to give Boucher some reps too. He won his first start in ages, anyway, so why not give him another go? (Source for both: Habs Inside Out.)

Nashville @ Columbus

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source: On the Forecheck.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – He’s been hot lately, that’s for sure. (Source: Tom Reed.)

7:30 pm ET games

Pittsburgh @ Florida

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – Yet another start for the Penguins’ No. 1, who seems like he might have things together now. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.)

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

Los Angeles @ Ottawa

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source: Helene Elliott.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Pascal Leclaire – If you needed an extra push to start Quick tonight, how about the fact that Leclaire is starting for the Senators? Although, to be fair, he’s not the guy who allowed 17 goals in his last three games … (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Boston @ Tampa Bay

Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask – He gets the dubious honor of playing against Steve Stamkos and the dangerous Lightning tonight. (Source: Bruins Twitter feed.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith – The Lightning have gotten by with average (at best) goaltending for most of the season so far, although Dan Ellis performed well here and there. (Source: Erik Erlendsson.)

Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT

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Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.

With Jonathan Bernier sputtering, we’ll meet Garret Sparks

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You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.

With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.

Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).

In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:

Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.

Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.

Video: Dylan Larkin adds to his rookie goals lead

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So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.

The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.

No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.

He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.

Latest report leaves Carey Price’s injury timeline fuzzy

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There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.

So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.

Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.

(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)