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.)
Pulling Anders Nilsson didn’t stop the bleeding for the Edmonton Oilers. Instead, it really just spread the “wealth.”
The New York Islanders are up 7-1, so don’t be surprised if there’s some ugly stuff in the final frame.
Zack Kassian is an author of at least one outburst, as he was tagged with 19 penalty minutes for a display that included fighting Brian Strait, as you can see in the video above.
It’s not the only fight stemming from the blowout, either, as Eric Gryba just tangled with Matt Martin.
Could there be more?
There was a time when Anders Nilsson seemed like the best bet in the Oilers’ net this season. This … is not that time.
Less than 12 minutes into Sunday’s game, the New York Islanders roared to a 3-0 lead, and that was enough for Edmonton to give Nilsson the hook.
He allowed those three goals on 10 shots, so to be fair, that’s a pretty impressive chunk of chances (almost a shot on goal per minute).
Still, the Oilers were likely hoping to give Cam Talbot a breather, and instead he was rushed into action. Nilsson hadn’t played since Jan. 19, and he’s only appeared in three games in 2016.
As if this didn’t sting enough for Nilsson, consider the fact that he began his NHL career with the Islanders, who eventually decided he wasn’t worth keeping.
Alex Ovechkin scored to join Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as only players with at least 30 goals in each of their first 11 NHL seasons, and Matt Niskanen netted the game winner as Washington beat the Flyers 3-2 at Verizon on Super Bowl Sunday.
Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz replied for the Flyers, who suffered their second straight loss.
The win was the Capitals’ third in a row.
It didn’t always look as though Washington would emerge the victor, however. The Caps were out-shot 35-30 on the day and looked disjointed at times, finishing with 12 giveaways (Philly was credited with just five, for comparison’s sake).
But good teams find ways to win when they’re not playing especially well, and the Caps are a pretty good team — especially when Braden Holtby is on his game.
Holtby, atop many Vezina lists at the moment, had another terrific outing on Sunday, making 33 saves, perhaps none better than this one on Mark Streit in the second period:
Holtby’s counterpart, Steve Mason, had a solid outing as well, finishing with 27 stops.
Looking ahead, the Caps will now head out on a three-game Western Conference swing through Minnesota, Nashville and what promises to be a high-octane game in Dallas on Feb. 13.
The Flyers, meanwhile, will now kick off a three-game homestand against Anaheim, Buffalo and New Jersey.
Winnipeg forward Drew Stafford will meet with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his high stick on Colorado’s Nick Holden on Saturday night, the DoPS announced this afternoon.
There was no immediate video of the incident available. Stafford wasn’t penalized on the play, which occurred during the third period; Holden finished the final frame with 10 shifts for 6:46 of ice time.
Stafford, 30, has a clean disciplinary history and hasn’t been fined or suspended during his 10-year NHL career.