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.
7:00 pm ET game
Detroit @ Columbus
Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – He will make his 11th consecutive start tonight. This is a big one, too. (Source.)
Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – I wouldn’t be shocked if Mathieu Garon got the starter tomorrow since the team is playing a back to back. (Source.)
7:30 PM ET games
Toronto @ Buffalo
Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson (Source.)
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – It sounds like Miller is on his way back. James Mirtle originally reported this. (Source.)
Montreal @ Atlanta
Likely Montreal starter: Alex Auld – A rare start for a solid backup. (Source.)
Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – The Thrashers have been playing pretty well lately and Pavelec is a big part of that. (Source.)
NY Rangers @ Florida
Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – He needs to get his game together as soon as possible. (Source.)
Likely Florida starter: Scott Clemmensen – Haven’t seen much of that guy who once kept the New Jersey Devils afloat when Martin Brodeur was injured a few years ago, have we? (Source.)
8:30 PM ET game
St. Louis @ Dallas
Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak (Source.)
Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – He’ll start at least one of two back-to-back games with the Blues this weekend. (Source.)
10:00 PM ET game
San Jose @ Vancouver
Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – Could there be a little intrigue for the Sharks goaltending situation? (Source.)
Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)
Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.
The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),
But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.
In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.
Two injury updates in one post.
First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.
According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.
“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.
Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.
As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:
1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.
“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”
Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.
The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.
Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.
Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.
It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.
Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.
Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.