Here are the expected starters for tonight:
UPDATED: 10/09/2009 @ 11:33 PM
- The AP implies here that Evgeni Nabokov duels with Niklas Backstrom tonight.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 9:50 AM
- Interesting to see if Pete DeBoer goes with Tomas Vokoun as originally planned. As noted here, Scott Clemmensen is still not back with his team, “needs about a week of practice before he is ready.” Alexander Salak meanwhile remains Vokoun’s backup. Vokoun is written about again here. Martin Brodeur as always is expected to start for the Devils.
- Marc Andre Fleury is projected to start against the Leafs, according to this preview. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on IR Thursday according to the same article. Vesa Toskala starts with Joey MacDonald his backup tonight.
- Chris Osgood has been discussed at length here. It is safe to say he will be in the lineup after his solid performance against Chicago. Still no word on the Washington starter.
- Tuuka Rask may get his first start tonight, as discussed by Bruins Blog’s Fluto Shinzawa here. The same is confirmed on the Isles’ site here. Still no word on the starter for the Isles, will keep you updated.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 10:23 AM
- Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight against Columbus, confirmed here. Mathieu Garon may get his first start of the year, as stated here.
- Chris Mason is expected to bounce back from his last performance against Los Angeles. The severity of his sluggishness is discussed here. The same article mentions Jon Quick as the projected starter against St. Louis.
- Craig Anderson looks to continue his hot start against the Blackhawks. You can read all about it here.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 11:04 AM
- Ryan Miller and Dan Ellis are expected to start tonight. Click here to read the article in which both are discussed at length. SEE UPDATE BELOW
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 11:25 AM
- James Gordon of Hockey Capital believes Brian Elliot will start tonight against Atlanta. Read the full article here
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 11:42 AM
- Islanders Point Blank’s Chris Botta reports that Dwayne Roloson will get the start. Despite my allegiance to the Rangers, Botta’s blog is a personal favorite of mine. Check it out here.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 11:51 AM
- Nikolai Khabibulin and Carey Price are the consensus starters for tonight’s game. Will confirm later with a link.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 1:27 PM
- Nashville Predators beat writer John Glennon writes here that Pekka Rinne will make his season debut tonight.
- Damian Cristodero announced here that Antero Niittymaki will start tonight for Tampa Bay. Mike Smith is still recovering from his collision with Jamie Langenbrunner.
- I posted this link yesterday, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate.
“We’d like to get Mike (Leighton) in a game, there’s no question about that,” Maurice said. “The schedule does not show of lot of urgency not to play Cam back to back. We have days off.”
Sounds like Cam Ward should get the start tonight
- Corey Masisiak says Jose Theodore in, here
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @2:13PM
- Ray Emery is the expected starter for Philadelphia. I am still awaiting word on the starter for the Ducks.
- Ondrej Pavelec is the assumed starter in Atlanta, mentioned here
- Also awaiting word on the Chicago Blackhawks starter. Christobal Huet is assumed for now.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @3:44PM
- Huet confirmed.
UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @3:57PM
- Jonas Hillier is the incumbent for tonight’s contest. Confirmed here
That’s all I have for now. More updates to come. If you have any tips, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year-to-date Predictions: 34/34 = 100%