Ilya Bryzgalov

Today’s Starting Goalies – November 30th

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

Tampa Bay @ Toronto

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – Neither Lightning goalie has been consistently strong so far this season, but Ellis has been better than Mike Smith for the most part. (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – If “The Monster” does indeed receive another start, it will be his sixth in a row. I guess J.S. Giguere has been lost in the rotation? (Source.)

8:00 PM ET games

Phoenix @ Nashville

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – His six game winning streak – and the Coyotes seven game streak – ended against the Ducks, but he’ll play his eighth consecutive game tonight. (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

St. Louis @ Chicago

Likely St. Louis starter: Ty Conklin – It sounds like Conklin will get the start tonight and then Jaroslav Halak will get Wednesday’s start against Washington. (Source.)

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford – Looks like it will be a game between backups tonight, at least if you call Crawford the backup in Chicago still. If he does indeed play tonight, it will be his fourth appearance in five games. (Source.)

10:00 PM ET game

Atlanta @ Colorado

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – He’s been absolutely on fire lately, so he probably won’t sit until he is tired. (Source.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – Sounds like it will be some time until Craig Anderson will be back for the Avalanche. (Source.)

10:30 PM ET game

Detroit @ San Jose

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – It seems like he has the upper hand over Antti Niemi once again. (Source.)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.