Tonight’s starting goalies – March 4

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.

Pittsburgh @ New Jersey – 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s starter: Brent Johnson gets the call in goal to try and slow down the Devils. (Source)

New Jersey’s starter: Martin Brodeur gets the start once again for New Jersey. A rested and healthy Brodeur is about as scary to face as anyone in the league. (Source)

NY Rangers @ Ottawa – 7:30 p.m.

New York’s starter: Henrik Lundqvist makes his 11th straight start for the Rangers. With Martin Biron out, expect that number to go up. (Source)

Ottawa’s starter: Craig Anderson makes his seventh start for Ottawa. He’s been lights out since coming over from Colorado in a trade. (Source)

Carolina @ Chicago – 8:30 p.m.

Carolina’s starter: If you twisted our arms, we’d say that Cam Ward will most likely get the start for the Hurricanes.

Chicago’s starter: Corey Crawford will once again get the start for the Blackhawks. He, along with Jonathan Toews, have been key to Chicago’s resurgence in the west. (Source)

Columbus @ Calgary – 9 p.m.


Columbus’ starter: We’re going to guess that Mathieu Garon will start for Columbus as Steve Mason’s fallen on some hard times of late including a tough loss to Edmonton last night.

Calgary’s starter: Miikka Kiprusoff will start and look to get back to his shutout ways after a rough game against Chicago his last time out. (Source)

Dallas @ Anaheim – 10 p.m.

Dallas’ starter: Kari Lehtonen will start and look to extend Dallas’ win streak to four games. (Source)

Anaheim’s starter: We’re thinking Dan Ellis will keep things rolling in net for Anaheim. He’s been solid since coming over from Tampa Bay.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.