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.)

WATCH LIVE: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators – Game 6

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Last night, the Nashville Predators demoralized the Ducks and advanced to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final. Will we learn their opponent tonight or on Thursday?

That’s up to how the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators perform in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Will Sidney Crosby and the Penguins follow that 7-0 rout with a close-out performance, or will Erik Karlsson and the Senators avenge that embarrassing loss to send this series to a decisive Game 7?

Find out on NBCSN at tonight. You can also watch the game online and via the NBC Sports App.

Here’s what you need to know:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (Pens lead 3-2)

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBCSN (Stream online here)

Check out the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 5

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Swedish League champ sees another sign in NHL

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It’s an offseason of change for SHL champion HV71.

In the days following the league title, HV71 saw No. 1 goalie Linus Soderstrom sign his ELC with the Isles and d-man Andreas Borgman — the league’s rookie of the year — ink with the Leafs.

Earlier today, HV71 winger Filip Sandberg signed a two-year deal with San Jose. Shortly after that, Columbus announced it inked Sandberg’s running mate up front, Kevin Stenlund, to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Stenlund, 20, was the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick (58th overall) at the 2015 draft. He’s coming off a good year, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played during the regular season, then adding 10 points in 16 playoff appearances.

And he might have a chance to build on that campaign.

Per the Dispatch, the Blue Jackets expect Stenlund to play next year in Sweden, rather than try to make the move overseas. It’s possible the Isles could make the same decision with Soderstrom — meaning it’s not all bad for HV71.

 

Oilers re-sign Pakarinen for one year

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The Edmonton Oilers have given winger Iiro Pakarinen a one-year contract extension.

From the release:

Pakarinen just finished his third season with the Oilers organization, appearing in 14 regular season games in 2016-17, posting four points (2 goals, 2 assists).  The 25 year old forward missed 53 games due to an injury suffered during the pre-season. He appeared in one playoff game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers brought Pakarinen over from Finland in 2014. Since then, he’s split his North American career between the AHL and NHL while drawing praise for his versatility and hard-nosed style.

Per CapFriendly, Pakarinen’s cap hit will be $750,000 in 2017-18. It’s a one-way deal.

Market heating up for prized Czech d-man Rutta

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Coming off an impressive performance for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championship, Jan Rutta is now being courted by a number of NHL clubs.

Per The Athletic, the Blackhawks are in contention for securing Rutta’s services. That comes on the heels of earlier reports from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who said there are “multiple” offers for the 26-year-old, including ones from Edmonton and Calgary.

“He’s a steady defenseman with size, and he had a strong finish of the season,” an NHL scout told The Athletic. “He was very good in the playoffs and played his best at the Worlds.”

Rutta, who was never drafted by an NHL club, has spent his professional career with Czech League outfit Pirati Chomutov. He’s blossomed into a talented offensive defenseman — finishing second among Czech League d-men with 32 points in 46 games this year — and, as mentioned above, has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.

Last week, Rutta’s agent — longtime Octagon Hockey representative Allan Walsh — tweeted that his client would make a decision on NHL offers soon.