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Tonight’s starting goalies – February 23rd

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.

Atlanta @ Buffalo – 7:00 pm

Atlanta’s starter: Ondrej Pavelec will get the call for Atlanta tonight. (Source)

Buffalo’s starter: If anyone other than Ryan Miller got the start on Pegula night in Buffalo we’d be stunned. (Source)

Florida @ Ottawa – 7:00 pm

Florida’s starter: Scott Clemmensen gets the start for Florida as they try to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. (Source)

Ottawa’s starter: Craig Anderson gets the call in goal for Ottawa. He’s pretty much the de facto starter from here on out. (Source)

Phoenix @ Tampa Bay – 7:30 pm

Phoenix’s starter: Normally we’d think it’d be time for Jason LaBarbera to get the start since Phoenix played last night in Philly. Sneaky suspicion we’ll see Ilya Bryzgalov get  the call again for Phoenix against the East’s #2 team.

Tampa Bay’s starter: Dwayne Roloson gets the start for Tampa Bay as they look to stop the Coyotes eight game win streak. (Source)

San Jose @ Pittsburgh – 7:30 pm

San Jose’s starter: Antti Niemi will start once again for San Jose. Hey, why not? He’s on fire. (Source)

Pittsburgh’s starter: Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Pittsburgh. (Source)

Edmonton @ Colorado – 9:30 pm

Edmonton’s starter: Is it time to give Devan Dubnyk another shot after Nikolai Khabibulin had a hard time handling the Wild last night? Could be.

Colorado’s starter: Brian Elliott makes his first start with the Avalanche after getting over his work visa issues. (Source)

Los Angeles @ Anaheim – 10:00 pm

Los Angeles’ starter: Jon Quick gets the nod against the crosstown rivals. (Source)

Anaheim’s starter: Curtis McElhinney gets one last crack at showing he can shoulder the load now that Ray Emery is on his way up to Anaheim. (Source)

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.

Jarred Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

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Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.

It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.

Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.

Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.

Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth

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Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.

Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.

The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth after the 23-year-old completed his 14-day conditioning assignment.

Related: Campbell credits ECHL stint for turning his game around