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Tonight’s Starting Goalies – April 9 (early edition)

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 @ Carolina

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith (Source.)

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Buffalo @ Columbus

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – The Sabres clinched a playoff spot already, so there’s no promise that he’ll start or play the whole game. Choose him at your own risk. (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Steve Mason (Source.)

Montreal @ Toronto

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price (Source.)

Likely Toronto starter: James Reimer (Source.)

NY Islanders @ Philadelphia

Likely NY Islanders starter: Rick DiPietro (Source.)

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky (Source.)

Washington @ Florida

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source.)

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun (Source.)

8:00 pm ET game

Nashville @ St. Louis

Likely Nashville starter: Pekka Rinne (Source.)

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

Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.