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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 3rd

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

NY Islanders @ NY Rangers

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – Rick DiPietro lost the first half of the Isles’ home-and-home with the Rangers in a high-scoring game so it’s no surprise that they’re going with Rolo tonight. (Source.)

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist – The odds-on starter, but no promises. (Source.)

Colorado @ Carolina

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – It sounds like “Andy” is back from injury … again. (Source.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

7:30 PM ET game

Columbus @ Buffalo

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – The Blue Jackets will turn to their highly effective backup to try to get back to their winning ways. (Source.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – No big surprise here. (Source.)

8:00 PM ET game

Calgary @ Minnesota

Likely Calgary starter: Henrik Karlsson – It’s not often that the Flames give Miikka Kiprusoff a break, but it sounds like tonight will be one of those nights. (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom – Backstrom will try to end the Wild’s three game winning streak tonight. (Source.)

8:30 pm ET game

Vancouver @ Chicago

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Corey Crawford won his last three starts. Turco allowed 11 goals in two games. Let’s just say it’s pretty important for Turco to have a good game against the Canucks. (Source.)

10:00 pm ET game

Detroit @ Anaheim

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – Chris Osgood will be back in the Red Wings lineup, but he’ll do so as a backup tonight. He might give Howard a breather soon, though. (Source.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – As usual there’s no official confirmation for this one, but it’s a fairly educated guess.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?