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Tonight’s Starting Goalies – December 4th (semi-early edition)

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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.

It’s a race against the clock to get these up before you need to pick your starters for the first set of games, so they’re going to be quip-free today.

7:00 pm ET games

Boston @ Toronto

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere (Source.)

Buffalo @ Ottawa

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott (Source.)

Atlanta @ Washington

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec

Likely Washington starter: Semyon Varlamov (Source.)

Pittsburgh @ Columbus

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Colorado @ Tampa Bay

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj (Source.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Carolina @ Nashville

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Anders Lindback (Source.)

Minnesota @ Dallas

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore (Source.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

Florida @ Phoenix

Likely Florida starter: Scott Clemmensen (Source.)

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source.)

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.