Goalie nods: It’s backup night in the NHL

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Of the seven games tonight in the NHL, only one will feature two number-one goalies in starting roles.

Craig Anderson and Ben Bishop will face each other when the Senators and Lightning meet in Tampa Bay.

That’s the one game.

Elsewhere…

— Dustin Tokarski (in his first start of the season) for the Canadiens in Detroit, versus Petr Mrazek for the Red Wings.

— Philipp Grubauer for the Capitals in Florida, versus Al Montoya for the Panthers.

Michal Neuvirth for the Flyers in St. Louis, versus Brian Elliott for the Blues.

Scott Darling for the Blackhawks in Nashville, with Pekka Rinne likely for the Preds.

— Curtis McElhinney for the Blue Jackets in Winnipeg, versus Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets.

Chad Johnson for the Sabres in Calgary, versus Karri Ramo for the Flames.

I guess, technically, Johnson and Ramo could be classified as number ones, in that they lead their respective teams in starts this season. But you know what I mean. (No offense, Chad and Karri.)