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
Florida @ New Jersey
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)
Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg (Source.)
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source.)
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)
7:30 pm ET games
Columbus @ Detroit
Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)
Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)
Washington @ Tampa Bay
Likely Washington starter: Semyon Varlamov (Source.)
Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dwayne Roloson (Source.)
8:00 pm ET game
Edmonton @ St. Louis
Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk (Source.)
Likely St. Louis starter: Ty Conklin – Read about Jaroslav Halak’s injury here.
10:00 pm ET game
Chicago @ Vancouver
Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source.)
Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)
Montreal added some forward depth on Tuesday, acquiring diminutive forward Paul Byron off waivers from Calgary.
Byron, 26, is a veteran of nearly 150 career NHL games, most coming with the Flames. Despite fairly solid production over the last two years — 40 points in 104 games — he was exposed to waivers on Monday, along with fellow forward Mason Raymond.
(Calgary does have a logjam of players at forward, hence parting ways with Byron and Raymond.)
Byron can play both wing and center but, at 5-foot-7, 153 pounds, is one of the most undersized skaters in the league. Thankfully for him, Montreal has an affinity for undersized forwards, with the likes of Brendan Gallagher (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) and David Desharnais (5-foot-7, 174 pounds) already on the active roster.
Byron could also fill Zack Kassian‘s roster spot. Kassian is currently suspended without pay while undergoing Stage 2 of the NHL’s Substance Abuse program.
The New York Islanders have claimed goalie Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced today.
Berube won the Calder Cup last season with AHL Manchester, but the 24-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game.
That the Isles claimed Berube could be evidence that Jaroslav Halak will not be ready to start the season after all.
If that’s the case, Berube would back up Thomas Greiss, with Stephon Williams expected to go to the AHL.
The Isles open their regular season Friday at home versus the Blackhawks, then play the next day in Chicago.