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. We’ll have tonight’s games covered for you later on this afternoon.
St. Louis @ NY Islanders – 1 p.m.
St. Louis’ starter: Ben Bishop will get the call today for the Blues. (Source)
New York’s starter: Al Montoya will start once again for the Islanders. Since coming over from Phoenix he’s been the rock for the injury-addled Isles in goal. (Source)
Buffalo @ Philadelphia – 1 p.m.
Buffalo’s starter: Ryan Miller gets the start for Buffalo. Expect Jhonas Enroth to get the start tomorrow if that happpens. (Source)
Philadelphia’s starter: Sergei Bobrovsky will be today’s starter for Philly. (Source)
Vancouver @ Los Angeles – 4 p.m.
Vancouver’s starter: Roberto Luongo gets the call for Vancouver to try and keep the Kings down. (Source)
L.A.’s starter: Jon Quick will start for Los Angeles. Bringing your best against the best is usually a good decision. (Source)
Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."