Today’s Starting Goalies – December 21st

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

Calgary @ Columbus

Likely Calgary starter: Henrik Karlsson (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – The Blue Jackets are briefly facing the reality of this disparity between the goalie they want to play (Steve Mason) and the guy who has been productive (Garon). (Source.)

St. Louis @ Atlanta

Likely St. Louis starter: Ty Conklin (Source.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason – backup fight! (Source.)

Anaheim @ Buffalo

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – My best guess.

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – Also my best guess. More on this later, but apparently Miller is no longer a bachelor.

7:30 pm ET game

New Jersey @ Washington

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur (Source.)

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source.)

9:00 pm ET game

Montreal @ Dallas

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

9:30 pm ET game

Los Angeles @ Colorado

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source.)

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson (Source.)

10:30 pm ET game

Edmonton @ San Jose

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – My best guess.

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki (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. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was 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.