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)
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
From the league:
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.