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
Columbus @ Pittsburgh
Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)
San Jose @ Washington
Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – Antero Niittymaki will dress, but likely as Niemi’s backup. (Source.)
Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source.)
Carolina @ New Jersey
Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)
Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Fairly reasonable to assume with Martin Brodeur injured. (Source.)
Toronto @ NY Islanders
Likely Toronto starter: James Reimer (Source.)
Likely NY Islanders starter: Kevin Poulin (Source.)
7:30 pm ET games
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source.)
Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dwayne Roloson (Source.)
St. Louis @ Florida
Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak (Source.)
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)
With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.