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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 6th

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 games

New Jersey @ Pittsburgh

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – It sounds like Martin Brodeur is almost ready to return from his elbow injury, but for now, Hedberg will still be the main in net for New Jersey. (Source.)

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

Toronto @ Washington

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson – J.S. Giguere is injured, so “The Monster” gets to cement his status as the Leafs starter once again. His reward: a potential meltdown against the Capitals. (Source.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – One of the underrated strengths of the Capitals is their young, cheap and talented group of netminders. They can’t really go wrong with either Neuvirth or Semyon Varlamov right now. (Source.)

Nashville @ Atlanta

Likely Nashville starter: Anders Lindback – Lindback is performing admirably with Pekka Rinne on the mend. (Source.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – Pavelec came up huge against the Washington Capitals in his last start and is absolutely on fire right now. This is another nice opportunity for the goalie to keep up his strong play, although the Predators are far from pushovers. (Source.)

Dallas @ Columbus

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen – The Stars are on a six game winning streak and Lehtonen is one of the key components considering the fact that Dallas won each of those games by one goal. (Andrew Raycroft has been surprisingly stout in two of those wins as well, though.) (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – The Blue Jackets are stumbling, but Garon has been absolutely fantastic at times this season. He might be the person to right the ship rather than Steve Mason. (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

San Jose @ Detroit

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – A bit of a surprise that Niemi is getting three starts in a row, although he did recently earn a shutout so maybe the Sharks brass are thinking/praying that he figured things out. (Source.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)

Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’


The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.

Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”

While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.

(In Julien’s defense, Lundqvist does have a pretty lengthy IMDB page.)

The interference penalty was nearly disastrous for the Bruins, as J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to given the Blueshirts a 3-2 edge.

However, Boston replied with a power-play goal of its own — Ryan Spooner, at the 16:14 mark — which set the stage for David Krejci‘s dramatic game-winner with just under two minutes to go.

So, to recap: Today’s game had the Beleskey hit on Stepan, the Marchand-Lundqvist theatrics and a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Boston.

And so, to answer your next question:

These two teams next meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at MSG.

Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

Video: Peluso, Gabriel throw down in spirited heavyweight tilt

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The big boys got after it early in Minnesota today.

Wild forward Kurtis Gabriel — all 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds of him — picked one of the toughest opponents in hockey on Friday, throwing down with Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso early in the first period.

And it was a pretty good tilt.

Peluso, one of the league’s most feared fighters, was coming off two pretty heavy scraps — one against Columbus tough guy Jared Boll, and another in which he landed some serious shots on overmatched Canucks d-man Luca Sbisa:

Of course, Gabriel’s no slouch.

He had one previous fight in the NHL this year (against Peluso’s teammate, Chris Thorburn) and five in the American League, where he’s spent the majority of this season.

Given the fisticuffs that occurred earlier in the Bruins-Rangers game, it seem the NHL has really gotten into the spirit of Black Friday.

(All videos courtesy

Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

Matt Beleskey, Derek Stepan

Alain Vigneault remembers a late hit that happened in Boston one time.

The Rangers’ head coach referenced it today after one of his top centers, Derek Stepan, was injured on a check that the NHL may need to review with a stopwatch.

“I remember Aaron Rome in this building, .6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final,” Vigneault said, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

For those that need their memories refreshed (nobody in Vancouver does, that’s for sure), here’s Rome’s late hit that knocked Nathan Horton out of the 2011 final with a concussion:

Now here’s the hit that Matt Beleskey put on Stepan:

According to Vigneault, Stepan has some broken ribs and is out indefinitely.

Over to you, Department of Player Safety.


A league source has confirmed that the hit is being reviewed.

High-flying Bruins (sounds weird to say) beat Rangers for fifth straight win


Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.

This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.

David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.

The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…

…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.

The running and gunning Boston Bruins.

When was the last time you could call them that?