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.
Columbus @ Minnesota – 2 p.m. ET
Columbus’ starter: As the Jackets look to play spoilers this year, Mathieu Garon likely gets the call today to try and put perhaps the final dagger in the Wild’s hopes for the postseason. (Source)
Minnesota’s starter: It’s a desperation game for the Wild and Niklas Backstrom gets the call in goal. A loss today for Minnesota is a crucial blow to their fading chances of the playoffs. Backstrom’s their best and if he can’t get it done, then hope is lost. (Source)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.