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
Los Angeles @ Columbus
Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source.)
Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon (Source.)
Carolina @ New Jersey
Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)
Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – Martin Brodeur might be back pretty soon, though. (Source.)
Toronto @ Buffalo
Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere (Source.)
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source.)
7:30 pm ET game
Philadelphia @ Florida
Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source.)
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)
8:00 pm ET game
Minnesota @ Chicago
Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore (Source.)
Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford (Source.)
9:00 pm ET game
Pittsburgh @ Colorado
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc Andre Fleury (Source.)
Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj (Source.)
9:30 pm ET game
Dallas @ Calgary
Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)
Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff (Source.)
10:00 pm ET game
Washington @ Anaheim
Likely Washington starter: Semyon Varlamov (Source.)
Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney – Being that Jonas Hiller went back on the IR, this is probably a good bet.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.