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Today’s Starting Goalies – April 5

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.

7:00 pm ET games

Tampa Bay @ Buffalo

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dwayne Roloson (Source.)

Likely Buffalo starter: Jhonas Enroth (Source.)

Washington @ Toronto

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: James Reimer (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Philadelphia @ Ottawa

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Craig Anderson (Source.)

New Jersey @ Pittsburgh

Likely New Jersey starter: Johan Hedberg (Source.)

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)

Chicago @ Montreal

Likely Chicago starter: Corey Crawford (Source.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Colorado @ St. Louis

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj (Source.)

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak (Source.)

Atlanta @ Nashville

Likely Atlanta starter: Chris Mason (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

8:30 pm ET game

Columbus @ Dallas

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – As we discussed before, it seems like Steve Mason might be injured, so Garon might receive the rest of the CBJ starts.

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

9:00 pm ET game

Vancouver @ Edmonton

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

Likely Edmonton starter: Devan Dubnyk (Source.)

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: