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.
1:00 PM ET games
Calgary @ Pittsburgh
Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – He played yesterday, but the Flames pretty much always start Kipper don’t they? It would be quite a boost for Calgary if they could beat both Pennsylvania teams on the road in one weekend … (Source.)
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – Marc-Andre Fleury has been absolutely fantastic so far in the last couple weeks, but it’s a back-to-back and John has been a good trooper this season, so why not give him the start? (Source.)
Philadelphia @ New Jersey
Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – It’s no guarantee that “Bob” will be in net for the Flyers today, but that seems to be the guess some have made. (Source.)
Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – After struggling like every other member of the Devils in the beginning of the season, it’s starting to look like “The Moose” might just help save their season. Maybe. (Source.)
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.