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.
For probable starters from the first nine games, click here.
8:00 PM ET games
St. Louis @ Nashville
Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – The two Central Division scrappers are putting their best goalies out there, to little surprise. (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)
Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source for both: On the Forecheck.)
Philadelphia @ Minnesota
Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – Bob Redux. (Source: Tim Panaccio.)
Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source: Minnesota Wild Twitter.)
10:00 PM ET game
Colorado @ Vancouver
Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – The Avs could earn a nice lead in the Northwest Division tonight, so they plan on starting their top goalie. (Source: Denver Post.)
Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source: Nucks Misconduct.)
10:30 PM ET game
Chicago @ San Jose
Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source: Chris Kuc.)
Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – It’s sort of like running into an ex-girlfriend whom you broke up with not because of her attitude or looks, but merely because it cost too much money for each date. (Source: David Pollak.)
Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.
Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.
You can also see it up close via this GIF:
Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:
At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.
Alexei Emelin has been in and out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup, but this wasn’t the way they wanted him to keep his legs fresh.
The hard-hitting defenseman received a game misconduct and five-minute major penalty for a late hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on Tuesday.
So far, it sounds like Calvert may be OK.
You can see video of that hit above, as well as a GIF of the infraction via My Regular Face.
Many believe that Emelin should not have been ejected.
Injuries have been a regular problem for Joffrey Lupul for much of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing in 2015-16.
The team placed him on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28, calling up Rich Clune in the process.
This IR stint means that Lupul will miss at least three games for Toronto.
From the sound of things, it’s a nagging issue, as NHL.com notes.
“He’s been having the same problem here for a bit,” Mike Babcock told media members on Sunday. “He doesn’t seem to be getting the power back that they thought, so we’re just trying to monitor it the best we can.”
Leafs Nation points out that Lupul has missed about one-third of Toronto’s contests since suffering a separated shoulder in April 2012.
At 32, there’s still time for Lupul to fight through this, although injuries generally accumulate with age.
Will Ryan Suter say something foolish during tonight’s game? Is Brent Burns‘ beard so long that it’s finally starting to scrape the ice?
We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more during Tuesday’s NBCSN doubleheader.
Need to follow the two games online? Never fear.
Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks
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Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks
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