Tonight’s Starting Goalies – December 5th

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.

7:00 pm ET game

Calgary @ Chicago

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – I’m surprised my browser hasn’t become self-aware enough to auto-fill this entry after yet another Kipper nod. (Source.)

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford – Sometimes hockey math can make things simple. The last five times Crawford started, the Blackhawks are 5-0. In Marty Turco’s last three starts, Chicago is 0-3. Pretty straightforward stuff, eh? (Source.)

8:00 pm ET game

Phoenix @ Anaheim

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – He only allowed one regulation goal yet lost to the Florida Panthers yesterday in a shootout. I thought there might be a chance that Jason LaBarbera would get the nod, but it sounds like Breezy will get his chance to break his three game losing streak tonight. (Source.)

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – At this point, I’m going to assume more often than not that Hiller will get the start. The Ducks tend to be pretty coy about it, generally speaking.

9:00 pm ET game

St. Louis @ Vancouver

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – As bad as things have been for Halak lately, Ty Conklin hasn’t been any better. I haven’t been able to find confirmation on this, but Halak is my best guess. (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo – Far from shocking news that Luongo will play once again after coming off a shutout of the hated Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. (Source.)

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.