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Tonight’s starting goalies – February 18

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 game

NY Rangers @ New Jersey

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg (Source.)

7:30 pm ET games

St. Louis @ Buffalo

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

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source.)

Boston @ Ottawa

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – My best guess.

Likely Ottawa starter: Robin Lehner – By process of trade-based elimination.

Detroit @ Florida

Likely Detroit starter: Joey MacDonald (Source.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – Could he be the next goalie to join the earlier-than-expected trade sweepstakes? (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Philadelphia @ Carolina

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Anaheim @ Minnesota

Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney – With Jonas Hiller injured, it’s likely that McElhinney will have a Hiller-like stranglehold on the Ducks goalie job in the interim.

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

8:30 pm ET game

Columbus @ Chicago

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford (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?