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This afternoon’s starting goalies - December 18th

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden stops a shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The Rangers won 4-1. (AP Photo)


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.

With there just being one afternoon game, we’ll cover that one here. Expect to see the rest of tonight’s starters later this afternoon.

1:00 pm

NY Rangers @ Philadelphia

New York’s starter: Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist got a night off against Phoenix in the Rangers last game in order to help him prep for today’s big showdown with Philly. (source)

Philadelphia’s starter: Brian Boucher will get the start for Philly. The Flyers now have three goalies from whom they can pick and choose from, but Boucher’s been the man of late and starting him today against the hot Rangers makes sense. Ride the hot hand. (source)