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.
There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.
This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.
Carr has no prior NHL experience.
The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.
In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.
This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.
Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.
Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.
With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.
It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.
The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.
Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.
They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.
You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.
With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.
Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).
In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:
Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.
Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.
So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.
The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.
No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.
He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.