Today’s Starting Goalies – December 20th

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

Phoenix @ Pittsburgh

Likely Phoenix starter: Jason LaBarbera – Ilya Bryzgalov’s status is still hazy, so “The Barber” will need to cut it. (Source.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury – My best guess as I haven’t been able to find anything official.

Florida @ Philadelphia

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source.)

Atlanta @ Toronto

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson (Source.)

7:30 pm ET games

Carolina @ Tampa Bay

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – With Mike Smith injured and Cedrick Desjardins not looking particularly ready, it seems like this would be the most logical choice. (Click here to read more about Smith and Tampa Bay’s injury situation.)

Anaheim @ Boston

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – As usual, an educated guess.

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Calgary @ Minnesota

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

Vancouver @ St. Louis

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak (Source.)

Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being spanked in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.




Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets

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Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.

Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.

The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.

“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.

Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.

“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”