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Today’s Starting Goalies - December 18th


James O’Brien

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

Dallas @ Columbus

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen - Expect Andrew Raycroft to start against Detroit on Sunday, then. (Source.)

Likely Columbus starter: Mathieu Garon - There seemed to be some parallels between Marc-Andre Fleury and Mason early in the season, but MAF turned things around while Mason is still being outplayed by his backup. (Source.)

Toronto @ Vancouver

Likely Toronto starter: Jonas Gustavsson (Source.)

Likely Vancouver starter: Roberto Luongo (Source.)

New Jersey @ Atlanta

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur (Source.)

Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec (Source.)

Washington @ Boston

Likely Washington starter: Michal Neuvirth (Source.)

Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas (Source.)

Phoenix @ NY Islanders

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov - What, no Tom Fenton? (Source.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Nate Lawson - With Rick DiPietro dealing with his eternal knee problems, the Islanders naturally called up Lawson ... and decided to start him instead of Dwayne Roloson. Huh? (Source.)

Anaheim @ Carolina

Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller - My best guess, as the Ducks are typically coy.

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Buffalo @ Tampa Bay

Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller (Source.)

Likely Tampa Bay starter: Mike Smith (Source.)

8:00 pm ET games

Los Angeles @ Nashville

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Bernier (Source.)

Likely Nashville starter: Anders Lindback - It sounds like Pekka Rinne is just about better, but the Predators’ impressive backup will start tonight. (Source.)

San Jose @ St. Louis

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki (Source.)

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

10:00 pm ET game

Minnesota @ Calgary

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff (Source.)