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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 1st

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 games

Edmonton @ Montreal

Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk – Nikolai Khabibulin will suit up tonight, but he’ll be Dubnyk’s backup tonight. (Source.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Boston @ Philadelphia

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – (Source.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – The Flyers are hoping to hold off the Penguins and Bobrovsky is probably the best bet to do that. (Source.)

Nashville @ Columbus

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne – He just picked up a shutout, so that’s the good news. The bad news is that he also played last night, so he might not be as fresh as he could be. (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason – The Blue Jackets need to get back on track and Mason will get every chance to do so. (Source.)

8:00 PM ET games

Washington @ St. Louis

Likely Washington starter: Semyon Varlamov – I guess Varlamov might just have the starting job back, eh? (Source.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Ty Conklin had a rough night against Chicago yesterday, so it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Halak doesn’t get the start. (Source.)

Phoenix @ Minnesota

Likely Phoenix starter: Jason LaBarbera – Sounds like it will be a game between the two team’s backups tonight. (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore (Source.)

9:30 PM ET game

Vancouver @ Calgary

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – Will he stop Brendan Morrison’s … muffin(s) tonight? (Source.)

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – He’s been one of the bright spots for a middling Flames team the last two seasons. (Source.)

10:00 PM ET game

Florida @ Anaheim

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – Not certain if he’s going to start, much like his counterpart in Anaheim …

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – But both seem like good, solid educated guesses.

Video: Mika Zibanejad’s check to Tyler Bozak’s head

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Saturday’s been unkind to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and not just on the scoreboard (where it’s 3-0 early on against the Ottawa Senators).

The Maple Leafs lost Tyler Bozak to an apparent upper-body injury thanks to a questionable hit by Sens forward Mika Zibanejad.

You can judge that check (which drew a minor penalty for illegal check to the head) in the video above. Again, Bozak will not return to tonight’s game.

It’s unclear if Bozak will miss time beyond this contest.

Malcolm Subban hospitalized after taking puck to throat

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Scary stuff on Saturday: multiple reporters (including the Maine Hockey Journal’s Chris Roy) note that Malcolm Subban was taken to a hospital after a puck struck his throat during warm-ups.

There’s no word yet on Subban’s condition beyond that he was taken away in an ambulance.

The AHL’s Providence Bruins seem like they’ve been left scrambling for a backup goalie in Subban’s absence.

Subban stated days ago that he’s taken some significant steps forward during the 2015-16 season.

 

Senators get Kyle Turris back on Saturday

Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris celebrates his game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The Ottawa Senators cannot pin all of their troubles on missing their No. 1 center, yet it probably feels like a huge relief to get him back.

After missing six games with his latest injury, Kyle Turris is in the lineup as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Again, it’s not all a matter of missing Turris, but the Senators went 1-5-0 during his six-game absence. They’ve really been falling since late December, to be honest.

Will Turris be enough to stop the bleeding? Perhaps to an extent, but the Senators are in for a serious battle if they hope to fight through the East bubble.

Habs’ win was a showcase for P.K. Subban, Connor McDavid

Montreal Canadiens defensemen  P.K. Subban (76) holds off Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Times have been tough for Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers fans lately, even if they’ve been frustrating in different ways.

Saturday’s 5-1 Habs win highlights a few things, but the most tantalizing thought for those fans is that it’s likely that we’ll see more great things from P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid … sometimes against each other.

Perhaps this will be a confidence booster for Montreal. More than anything else, it directed attention to Subban, who’s quietly been absolutely fantastic for the floundering Canadiens.

Consider how much of an offensive burden he’s currently carrying:

From one current All-Star to someone who could be a perennial one: McDavid certainly seemed to grab Subban’s attention.

Then again, when you make moves like these, who won’t notice?

The Oilers did lose, mind you, so it’s not surprising that Todd McLellan mentioned that the team can’t depend upon McDavid for everything.

That said, the funny thing about that quote is that McDavid might just carry the Oilers for two decades, at least if health and other factors go the right way.

If that’s true, Subban vs. McDavid could be a fun matchup to watch a few times per season for a long, long time.