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Tonight’s Starting Goalies – February 19

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

New Jersey @ Carolina

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg – A slight surprise since Martin Brodeur was activated from the IR, but then again, Hedberg just earned a shutout. (Source.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Los Angeles @ NY Islanders

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Al Montoya – His Islanders debut. (Source.)

Ottawa @ Toronto

Likely Ottawa starter: Craig Anderson – The beginning of a new era in Ottawa? I think it could be. (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: James Reimer (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Florida @ Tampa Bay

Likely Florida starter: Scott Clemmensen (Source.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Anaheim @ St. Louis

Likely Anaheim starter: Curtis McElhinney – Best bet for quite a while, unless Ray Emery comes walking through that door.

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

Phoenix @ Nashville

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

10:00 pm ET game

Dallas @ Vancouver

Likely Dallas starter: Andrew Raycroft (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

10:30 pm ET game

Colorado @ San Jose

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj (Source.)

Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi – Not a sure thing, but a pretty reasonable bet.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.