Today’s Starting Goalies – December 28th

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

Atlanta @ Pittsburgh

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec (Source.)

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

Montreal @ Washington

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Likely Washington starter: Semyon Varlamov (Source.)

Carolina @ Toronto

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Boston @ Tampa Bay

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas –Not a guarantee by any means since he played last night, but others are leaning this way. (Source.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Dallas @ Nashville

Likely Dallas starter: Andrew Raycroft (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

Chicago @ St. Louis

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco – Apparently Corey Crawford is still dealing with the flu. On the bright side, the Blackhawks will probably get Patrick Kane back tonight. (Source.)

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

9:00 pm ET games

Buffalo @ Edmonton

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – My best guess.

Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – Also my best guess.

Anaheim @ Phoenix

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – You know the drill.

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – It sounds like the talented Russian might finally be back after being out of action since December 15th. (Source.)

10:00 pm ET game

Philadelphia @ Vancouer

Likely Philadelphia starter: Brian Boucher (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?