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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)

PHT Morning Skate: Columnist argues McDavid’s already NHL’s most important player

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Although Connor McDavid‘s NHL career has only just gotten started, is he already the league’s most important player? (Sportsnet)

While we’re on the subject of McDavid, what should we expect from him for the remainder of his rookie campaign? (NHL Numbers)

Jack Jablonski was paralyzed on Dec. 30, 2011 at the age of 16 while playing high school hockey, but that hasn’t ended his pursuit of a career in hockey. He’s spent the last two years hosting a weekly hockey-talk radio program and has now joined the Los Angeles Kings as a communications intern. (Orange County Register)

Arizona State has earned its first NCAA victory. (Arizona Republic)

The 2015 Calder Cup champion Manchester Monarchs got their rings. (LA Kings Insider)

The Anaheim Ducks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave 13-year-old Kai Quinonez, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia four years ago, a tremendous experience. (Orange County Register)

Canucks spoil Ducks’ home opener via shootout

Adam Cracknell, Ryan Miller

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks have already found a groove just three games into the regular season. The Anaheim Ducks are still looking for a way to get their offense going.

Radim Vrbata and Alex Burrows scored in the shootout, and the Canucks spoiled Anaheim’s home opener with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Miller made 28 saves and Adam Cracknell scored in regulation for Vancouver, which beat the Ducks for just the third time in their last 12 meetings.

Vancouver improved to 2-0 on the road in the young season, with Miller yielding just one goal in each game. That’s encouraging to the veteran, who played in only four games after Feb. 22 last season while dealing with a knee injury.

“I’m just trying to go out there and battle and compete,” said Miller, who stopped a third-period redirection by Carl Hagelin with his mask. “That was my mindset coming off an injury. That’s what it really comes down to, getting back the focus early on. I didn’t play hockey for a while. The technical stuff I worked on this summer and I pay attention to in practice.”

Even with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin combining for just one shot, the Canucks won the new season’s first meeting between the Pacific Division’s top two teams last year. Anaheim won its third straight division title, while Vancouver finished a surprising second before losing in the opening round of the playoffs.

Sami Vatanen scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots for the Ducks, who have scored just one goal while going winless in the first two games of a season that begins with Stanley Cup aspirations.

Anaheim was shut out in San Jose on Saturday in its opener before returning to Honda Center for its first real game on home ice since Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, when Chicago advanced to win the Stanley Cup.

Kevin Bieksa played nearly 24 1/2 minutes in his second game with the Ducks. Anaheim acquired the veteran defenseman from Vancouver last summer after he played 10 years with the Canucks, who drafted him in 2001. Bieksa was reunited with Ryan Kesler, the longtime Vancouver forward who moved to Anaheim before last season.

“We fought back a lot better than we did in San Jose,” Bieksa said. “So we need to keep building on this in the rest of this homestand here. If we do that, we’re going to be all right.”

After the Ducks failed to score on a power play during their first official taste of 3-on-3 overtime hockey, Vrbata and Burrows got stuttering, halting shots past Andersen, who stopped Burrows’ shot before watching it trickle under him.

“I’ve done that move a few times against a few goalies, but I don’t think I’ve ever done it against Freddie,” Burrows said. “So I tried it, and I’m lucky it went in tonight. It hit his stick and trickled in.”

Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout for the Ducks, who lost their home opener for just the second time in six seasons. Anaheim’s talented offensive players aren’t clicking so far, but nobody is panicking yet.

“I think we’re doing things the right way now,” Vatanen said. “We battled hard. We got some good chances. The season is long, so we’re going the right way.”

Both teams opened at a furious pace, with end-to-end chances throughout. After a scoreless first period, Vatanen got the Ducks’ first goal of the season when his long, low shot went through Mike Santorelli‘s screen.

Cracknell evened it later in the period with a sharp-angled shot that somehow deflected off Andersen’s shoulder or stick and landed behind the goalie. The journeyman got his first regular-season NHL goal since April 4, 2013, and just the seventh of his 85-game NHL career.

“Pretty fortunate goal on their part,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

NOTES: A small group of vocal protesters gathered outside Honda Center to call for the suspension of Ducks D Clayton Stoner, who faces charges in Canada related to a 2013 grizzly bear hunt. … Cracknell hadn’t scored a goal in his last 49 regular-season games, although he got a postseason goal in 2014 for St. Louis.