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This afternoon’s starting goalies – November 26th

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. Here’s what’s on tap for this afternoon’s starts. We’ll get you tonight’s starting goalies later today. We’ll also update this post when starters are confirmed.

12:00 pm

Carolina @ Boston

Carolina’s starter: Cam Ward will start for Carolina. It was originally slated to be Justin Peters in this game, but Ward missed their last game after the birth of his son, Nolan. (Source)

Boston’s starter: Tim Thomas starts for Boston, a late decision by head coach Claude Julien. (Source)

1:00 pm

New Jersey @ NY Islanders

New Jersey’s starter: Johan Hedberg will start once again. With Martin Brodeur still out, Hedberg is the de facto starter. (Source)

New York’s starter: The rock solid Rick DiPietro of late will get the start once again for the Isles as they look to snap their 14-game losing streak. (Source)

Calgary @ Philadelphia

Calgary’s likely starter: Miikka Kiprusoff will get the start this afternoon. (Source)

Philadelphia’s starter: Ride the hot hand, baby. Sergei Bobrovsky figures to get the start here. And he will.  (Source)

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh

Ottawa’s starter: Pascal Leclaire gets the nod against the team he faced off with in the playoffs last year. (Source)

Pittsburgh’s starter: It appears that Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start if Sportsnet is to be believed. Update: Yes, Fleury will start. (Source)

2:00 pm

Nashville @ Minnesota

Nashville’s likely starter: Pekka Rinne should be getting the start. Rinne’s the man and while he could use a break, Nashville could use the win too. (Unconfirmed)

Minnesota’s starter: Jose Theodore will get the start. He had a rough outing against Philly and he’ll hope he can have better fortune against the Predators. (Source)

4:00 pm

Chicago @ Anaheim

Chicago’s likely starter: Marty Turco figures to get the start. After a rough outing against San Jose on Wednesday, facing the Ducks could give him the chance to bounce back. UPDATE: Corey Crawford will get the call to start.  (Source)

Anaheim’s likely starter: Jonas Hiller should get the start as the Ducks haven’t played since Sunday. (Unconfirmed)

5:00 pm

Tampa Bay @ Washington

Tampa Bay’s likely starter: Hunch you can’t bank on is Dan Ellis getting the start. Mike Smith has gotten the nod the last couple times out, so it could be Ellis’ turn to start. (Unconfirmed)

Washington’s likely starter: You have to think Semyon Varlamov will get the call with Michal Neuvirth being a bit wonky and Braden Holtby sent back to the AHL. (Unconfirmed)

Alumni rosters announced for Bruins-Habs at Gillette Stadium

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The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.

Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.

Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.

The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)

Here are the full rosters:


NBCSN will broadcast the alumni game nationally in the United States, while Sportsnet and TVA Sports will have it in Canada.

The 2016 Winter Classic will be played the next day (on NBC).

Goalie nods: Andersen’s ‘flu-like symptoms’ mean Khudobin starts versus Flames

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With Frederik Andersen experiencing “flu-like symptoms” (PHT diagnosis: it might be the flu), the Anaheim Ducks will turn to backup Anton Khudobin for tonight’s home game versus Calgary.

Khudobin could, in turn, be backed up by Josh Gibson, recalled today from AHL San Diego. The Ducks have officially listed Andersen as “questionable.”

Khudobin (3-3-0, .917) has not started a game in over a week. His last action came exactly a week ago, after Andersen got the hook versus Nashville.

Andersen may or may not travel with the Ducks for tomorrow’s game at Arizona.

The Ducks, of course, are coming off a 5-0 loss to Tampa Bay, a result that produced the following quote from Ryan Kesler:

After a four-game winning streak to start November, Anaheim has since dropped five of its last seven.

Karri Ramo will be in net for the Flames. After a terrible start to the season, he’s been much better lately, allowing just eight goals combined in his last four starts.


Craig Anderson for the Senators. Antti Niemi for the Stars.

Torts: Jackets still need more ‘bite’

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The hope was that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be jolted into a great, long winning streak, and their season would be saved.

The reality of John Tortorella’s first month behind the bench has been, well, reality. The Jackets are 8-7-0 since Todd Richards was fired. Better than 0-7-0, sure, but at 8-14-0 overall, they remain last in the Eastern Conference.

Fifteen games into his tenure, Tortorella is still trying to get his message across.

“A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game,” he told The Columbus Dispatch. “Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”

The Jackets play Wednesday in New Jersey, where they’ll look to shake off Sunday’s disappointing home loss to San Jose. Columbus held a 3-1 third-period lead in that one. The Sharks scored four straight to win 5-3.


— The Canucks need ‘more bite’

The Rangers are better when they have ‘more bite’

Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer


The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract, the club announced today.

Zubrus was given a tryout with the Sharks last week.

The 37-year-old played 74 games with the Devils last season, scoring just four goals with six assists. His contract was then bought out.

According to a Mercury News source, the decision to sign Zubrus lay “mainly” with his former coach in New Jersey, now San Jose’s bench boss, Pete DeBoer.

“He looks good,” DeBoer said of Zubrus last week, per CSN Bay Area. “He looks close. It’s tough to find six-foot-four, 215-pound guys who can play. … He’s an easy guy to play because he’s defensively reliable. He plays a big possession, heavy game. There’s a lot to like there.”

In a related move, the Sharks have reassigned forward Nikolay Goldobin to the AHL.

Related: Where’s the depth in San Jose?