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.)
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.
Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.
The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?
Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:
If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.
Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.
Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.
Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.