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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 13th

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.

7:30 pm ET games

Atlanta @ Ottawa

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – After a rare Chris Mason start, back to the net for Pavs. (Source.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – With yet another Pascal Leclaire injury, Elliott gets another chance to solidify his place as the Senators’ no. 1 goalie. (Source.)

Los Angeles @ Detroit

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)

8:00 PM ET game

NY Islanders @ Nashville

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – It’s been almost two months since Rolo won an NHL game. That makes it hard to root against the tough-luck netminder. (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Anders Lindback – With Pekka Rinne injured for an indefinite amount of time, expect a lot of “Anders the Giant.” (Source.)

9:00 pm ET games

Chicago @ Colorado

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Can he finally begin to get his fledgling game together, as Corey Crawford clearly usurped him as the starter right now? (Source.)

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson (Source.)

Columbus @ Calgary

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – My educated guess on who gets the start based on 70+ GP per year/common sense.

10:30 pm ET game

Dallas @ San Jose

Likely Dallas starter: Andrew Raycroft – The gravy train got derailed a bit on Saturday when Raycroft lost to the Coyotes, but hopefully he can get in back together while Kari Lehtonen heals up. (Source.)

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – Again, it seems like Niemi is getting the upper hand on the Sharks goaltending job lately. (Source.)

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

Anton Slepyshev, Anton Lander
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Canucks roll the dice on rookies, waive Vey and Corrado

Jared McCann, Connor McDavid, Ben Hutton

A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.

The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)

It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.

Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.

Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.