Today’s Starting Goalies – February 9th

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

Montreal @ Boston

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source.)

San Jose @ Columbus

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Nashville @ Detroit

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)

8:00 pm ET game

Colorado @ Minnesota

Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

8:30 pm ET game

Phoenix @ Dallas

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

9:30 pm ET games

Chicago @ Edmonton

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford (Source.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk (Source.)

Ottawa @ Calgary

Likely Ottawa starter: Robin Lehner (Source.)

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff (Source.)

10:00 pm ET game

Anaheim @ Vancouver

Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Cory Schneider (Source.)

Avs unveil new third jerseys

Avs Jerseys

The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith