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
Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – Brent Johnson kept the Penguins’ six game winning streak going on Saturday, so Fleury will almost certainly get the start tonight. (Source.)
Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – The Rangers have been playing well again and it’s no coincidence that Hank is also playing well after some struggles too. (Source.)
7:30 pm ET games
Dallas @ Carolina
Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – This should mark his 20th start of the season. This will be the Stars’ 23rd game. Yup, that’s a workhorse. (Source.)
Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)
Edmonton @ Ottawa
Likely Edmonton starter: Martin Gerber – An odd reunion for former Senators goalie Gerber. (Source.)
Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – He won his last start after Pascal Leclaire took a few, so we’ll see if he can get the job done. (Source.)
9:00 pm ET game
Minnesota @ Calgary
Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore – A rare break for Niklas Backstrom. Then again, they’re paying him $1 million so they should get their money’s worth. (Source.)
Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – My best guess since he’s basically always starting for the Flames.
10:00 pm ET game
Los Angeles @ Anaheim
Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick – The Kings have been in some serious trouble lately, but then again, so have the Ducks. Something has to give and if any Kings goalie can do it, it’s Quick. (Source.)
Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – Rarely do the Ducks allow people to know for sure, so this is almost never a sure thing, except for the fact that Hiller plays the vast majority of their games.