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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 26th

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

Nashville @ St. Louis

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne – Looks like he’s back, and not a moment too soon, as the Predators are floundering. (Source.)

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

Washington @ Carolina

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth – If this game does take place (it most likely will), Neuvirth will play. (Source.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Columbus @ Chicago

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon (Source.)

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco We discussed this one earlier today.

Montreal @ NY Islanders

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson (Source.)

Detroit @ Minnesota

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

Toronto @ New Jersey

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson (Source.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur (Source.)

Tampa Bay @ Atlanta

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa

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

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott (Source.)

8:00 pm ET game

Phoenix @ Dallas

Likely Phoenix starter: Jason LaBarbera – This one’s a coin toss, though.

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

9:00 pm ET games

Edmonton @ Vancouver

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

Anaheim @ Los Angeles

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – As usual, this isn’t a sure thing, but he typically gets the nod anyway.

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Bernier – The Kings have back-to-back games today and tomorrow, so it makes sense to give the “other” Jonathan a start. (Source.)

BREAKING: Carey Price’s composure


Even the best goalie in the world – one who makes it look easy – can lose his cool sometimes.

(Heck, that used to be the domain of Patrick Roy, right?)

It was quite the sight on Thursday nonetheless: Carey Price absolutely lost his cool and went after Kyle Palmieri during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the New Jersey Devils. You can watch that spectacle in the video above.

Palmieri received an interference penalty while Price received a roughing double-minor. Apparently fits of Price anger are rare:

By Hockey Reference’s numbers, Price has accrued 39 penalty minutes in 465 career regular season games and eight in 54 playoff contests before tonight’s outburst.

Here’s the moment in GIF form, too.

Video: John Tavares exhibits all-out-effort on this goal


Sometimes it feels like John Tavares is alone on an island. Even during such grimmer times, there are moments where it seems like he can do it all by himself, anyway.

The New York Islanders have been quietly getting it back together lately (4-0-1 in their last five games), with Tavares averaging a point per contest during that span. Still, he’s obviously been getting some help lately.

If you want an “all by himself” moment, look no further than the goal above, where he just out-efforts everyone. It’s an unusual sight, although especially jaded people may just come to expect this type of thing from Tavares. He’s that great.

Niskanen will miss at least one game from that Bergeron hit

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However you feel about the hit Patrice Bergeron delivered on Matt Niskanen, the bottom line is that the Washington Capitals defenseman is hurt.

The Capitals consider the valuable blueliner day-to-day with an upper-body injury and noted that he won’t travel to Buffalo for Friday’s game against the Sabres.

That only tells us so much, as the Capitals will face the Vancouver Canucks at home in their next game after that on Sunday. If that’s all he ends up missing, that wouldn’t be too huge of an issue. CSN Mid-Atlantic notes that he’s played in every game (all 189) since joining the Capitals, so he’s been healthy so far in his stay with Washington.

Washington called up defenseman Aaron Ness to help give them some depth.

As you may recall, Bergeron received a two-minute boarding minor for the check in question.

Bruised Blackhawks will be without Seabrook, Toews vs. Rangers

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 13: Brent Seabrook #7 and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks
celebrate a second period goal by Seabrook against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on February 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Scott Darling isn’t the only member of the Chicago Blackhawks who will be asked to step up with key players out of the lineup.

The Blackhawks have already ruled out Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews for Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, as CSN Chicago notes.

This will mark the eighth consecutive game Toews is missing, although the bright side is that Joel Quenneville didn’t dismiss the possibility of Chicago’s captain playing on Sunday.

Seabrook is considered day-to-day after being shaken up by this awkward spill from Wednesday:

A few days ago, Patrick Kane called upon others to step up with Toews out. That message can now apply to Chicago’s defensemen with Seabrook banged up.