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. Here’s the starters for tonight’s later starts.
Los Angeles @ Nashville – 8 p.m. ET
Los Angeles’ starter: Jonathan Bernier will get the start tonight. With Bernier and Quick both playing well, these two should rotate the rest of the year. Quick is the top guy no matter what. (Source)
Nashville’s starter: Pekka Rinne will once again start for the Preds. They need to get back into the top eight so he’ll carry the load the rest of the way. (Source)
San Jose @ Dallas – 8:30 p.m. ET
San Jose’s starter: Antti Niemi will try to redeem himself after getting spanked by Chicago last night. It’ll be his 26th straight start of the season. (Source)
Dallas’ starter: Kari Lehtonen will go for Dallas as they look to keep up with the playoff race in the West. (Source)
Phoenix @ Calgary – 9:30 p.m. ET
Phoenix’s starter: Our best educated guess here is that Ilya Bryzgalov will start. It’s a key battle with a team they’re in the hunt for the playoffs with. It only makes sense.
Calgary’s starter: Miikka Kiprusoff will get the start once again for Calgary. (Source)
Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)
This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)
On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.
William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.
Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.
So far, it shows, too.
The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.
There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:
Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week
Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.
WATCH LIVE: Islanders at Rangers – Wednesday Night Rivalry
A night after a feisty matcuhup with the Devils, the Rangers host an even bigger rival in the Islanders at Madison Square Garden for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN.
As nasty as Tuesday’s contest got at times, this one means more.
While the Rangers seem pretty safely seated as the East’s first wild card, the Islanders stand three points behind the Maple Leafs for the final spot in the conference. They’ve seen other bubble teams stumble, so this is their chance to close in on Toronto in what might be a shrinking field of contenders.
Spiting the Islanders might just give the Rangers a little extra life on back-to-back nights … especially since their fans would probably let them have it if they sleepwalk through this one.
It should be a fun, physical and dramatic one on NBCSN. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App.