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.
7:00 pm ET games
Pittsburgh @ Boston
Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)
Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask (Source.)
Montreal @ Tampa Bay
Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)
Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dwayne Roloson (Source.)
Chicago @ Toronto
Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford (Source.)
Likely Toronto starter: James Reimer (Source.)
Florida @ Atlanta
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)
Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason (Source.)
8:00 pm ET game
Detroit @ Phoenix
Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard (Source.)
Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source.)
10:00 pm ET game
Edmonton @ Colorado
Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk (Source.)
Likely Colorado starter: Brian Elliott (Source.)
10:30 pm ET game
Dallas @ San Jose
Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)
Likely San Jose starter: Antti Niemi (Source.)
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.
The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)
It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.
Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.
Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.