Today’s Starting Goalies – November 6

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

Chicago @ Atlanta

Likely Chicago starter: Marty Turco (Source: Second City Hockey.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – It’s great to see him back from that scary collapse incident, now can he regain the starting role from Chris Mason? (Source: Chris Vivlamore.)

St. Louis @ Boston

Likely St. Louis starter: Jaroslav Halak – Halak will need to be sharp in this one, because neither team scores many goals. My guess is he’ll start since he earned a shutout in his last appearance on Thursday.

Likely Boston starter: Tuukka Rask – Tim Thomas was pulled from the Bruins’ last game against the Washington Capitals, so it sounds like Rask will start. (Source: Joe Haggerty.)

Philadelphia @ NY Islanders

Likely Philadelphia starter: Sergei Bobrovsky – He’s been on a nice enough streak that the Flyers broke the Bobrovsky-Brian Boucher rotation. We’ll see if he can keep it up. (Source: Frank Seravalli.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Dwayne Roloson – After how poorly Rick DiPietro has been playing, Roloson might get a big chunk of the starts. (Source: Islanders Twitter page.)

Ottawa @ Montreal

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott – The Senators have been on a roll lately, so Elliott should be rewarded for earning them some wins. (Source: Silver Seven Sens.)

Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Yet another start for Price tonight, which will be his 13th of the season. (Source: Habs Inside Out.)

Florida @ Carolina

Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – This one could go either way, since Vokoun was pulled from the first period of last night’s game. Start him with caution, as it’s just as likely Scott Clemmensen will play.

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward – It sounds like Ward will start back-to-back games for the Canes. (Source: Chip Alexander.)

Buffalo @ Toronto

Likely Buffalo starter: Patrick Lalime – With Ryan Miller on the mend, Lalime will probably play fairly often. (Source: Die by the Blade.)

Likely Toronto starter: J.S. Giguere – Something tells me both of these goalies wishes they had a time machine. (Source: Pension Plan Puppets.)

Minnesota @ Columbus

Likely Minnesota starter: Jose Theodore – Good to see the Minnesota Wild will give their expensive No. 1 a rest so their pricey backup can get some reps. (Source: Michael Russo.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon – He earned his second straight shutout in his last start, so he deserves this one. (Source: The Cannon.)

9:00 PM ET games

Pittsburgh @ Phoenix

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Brent Johnson – No guarantees here, but Marc-Andre Fleury played (and lost) last night, so he’ll probably get the nod since it’s a back-to-back.

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov – He was pulled early from last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, so he should be relatively well rested. (Source: Coyotes Web site.)

Dallas @ Colorado

Likely Dallas starter: Andrew Raycroft – Kari Lehtonen played last night – for the full game – so it seems wise to start Raycroft instead. (Source: ESPN Dallas.)

Likely Colorado starter: Peter Budaj – He’s been doing pretty well in Craig Anderson’s absence. (Source: Avalanche Web site.)

Expect an update about the final three late games later on today.

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    Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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    Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

    The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

    Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

    After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

    Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

    Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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    MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

    But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

    “I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

    Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

    “I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

    Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

    Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

    Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

    All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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    SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

    Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

    The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

    Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

    Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.

    Kuzmenko signs 2-year extension with Canucks

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Forward Andrei Kuzmenko signed a two-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

    The deal has an average annual value of $5.5 million.

    The 26-year-old Kuzmenko has played in 47 games for the Canucks this season with 21 goals and 22 assists, four penalty minutes and a plus-4 defensive ranking.

    Kuzmenko ranks second on the team in goals and power-play goals (nine) this season.

    His 43 points are also tied for third on the team in overall scoring, while his 32 even-strength points (12 goals, 20 assists) are second on the Canucks.

    Kuzmenko leads all Vancouver skaters in shooting rate (24.7%) and ranks third in the NHL in that category (minimum of 20 games).

    He leads all first-year NHLers in almost every offensive category, including goals, assists, points, points per game (0.91), power-play goals, and power-play points.

    He has also had 14 multi-point games so far this season (second most on the Canucks), highlighted by his first-career NHL hat trick and season-high four-point game against Anaheim on Nov. 3.

    A native of Yakutsk, Russia, Kuzmenko spent his first eight professional seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, getting 200 points (85-115-200) in 315 regular-season games. He set career highs in goals (20), assists (33), and points (53) last season, ranking second in the league in scoring.

    Kuzmenko has also represented his country on the international stage on multiple occasions, totaling 16 points (10-6-16) and six penalty minutes in 37 games played. He was originally signed by Vancouver to a one-year, entry-level contract on July 13, 2022.