Goalie Starters 10/12/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED: 10/12/2009 @ 12:45 AM

  • Tim Thomas is expected back in net when the Bruins take on the Colorado Avalanche.  Fluto Shinzawa has the projected lineup here.
  • Henrik Lundqvist will give superstar Steve Valiquette the night off after his 3 – 0 shutout against the Ducks.  In all seriousness, Lundqvist will start the next two games according to Rick Carpiniello of Rangers Report.  Click here for the full article.
  • Miikka Kiprusoff prepares for a playoff rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Read the entire article here.
  • Tomas Vokoun to start tonight against the Lightning even with Scott Clemmensen back with the team according to this George Richards entry.  As a result, Alexander Salak was sent down to Rochester.
  • Evgeni Nabokov will get the nod against Phoenix.  Read a feature here on his last game.
  • John Glennon the Nashville beat writer states Pekka Rinne will face the Edmonton Oilers.  He goes into detail regarding the goalie shift, posting their schedule here.
  • Antero Niittymaki will make his second straight start for the Lightning according to Damien Cristodero.  Full post here.
  • Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils.  Click here if you really need confirmation.
  • This preview here states that Craig Anderson will make his fifth straight appearance for the Avalanche.
  • Jon Quick are Martin Biron are listed as the starters here.

UPDATED: 10/12/2009 @ 10:23 AM

  • This AP article lists Christobal Huet as the starter.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin looks to build on his latest win against the Predators.  Read the full article here.
  • Ilya Bryzgalov faces San Jose tonight at 10.  He has been playing great and also looks to build momentum against a tough team in the Sharks.  Read all about it here.
  • Jason Seidling’s in-depth preview of the Pittsburgh/Ottawa game lists both Pascal Leclaire and Marc Andre Fleury.  Should be a great battle of two athletic French Canadian players.  Click here for the full article.
  • According to this preview here, Vesa Toskala is expected to be in net tonight.
  • Jose Theodore will start tonight according to this AP preview.

UPDATED: 10/12/2009 @ 03:23 PM

  • Here is quote from a few days back addressing the starter controversy or lack there of in Chicago:
“Now, before Hawks fans start calling for Niemi to be the starter over Cristobal Huet, know that is not going to happen unless the veteran just doesn’t find his game at any point this season.”
It clearly looks like Huet is the starter and it will be specified with Niemi will get a look.  Click here for the full post.
  • Tarik El-Bashir confirms that Jose Theodore will make his third straight appearance here.
  • According to this preview here, Jeff Deslaurier will make his first start of the year for Nikolai Khabibulin.
  • This preview here also confirms Pascal Leclaire starting for Ottawa.

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at alexander.monaghan@gmail.com.

Year-to-date Predictions: 63/64 = 98.4%

-Alexander Monaghan


2 Responses to Goalie Starters 10/12/2009

  1. Jimmy Recard says:

    Thats awful – half your articles say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about who starts in goal.

    So wth?

    • Alexander Monaghan says:

      Hey Jimmy,

      Thanks for being our first comment!

      I understand your frustration with the links however I would like the readers to know where I am coming from when posting. A lot of times first thing in the morning or the night before the only thing written on the game is a game preview. I would say 99% of the site the goalie mentioned in the preview is the starter, as backups are usually mentioned in full when they get the nod.

      I use every team’s beat writers to try to confirm every starter as well as checking every team’s website for an update. Sometimes the update does not come until later in the day. Until I am able to get more exposure and notoriety it is difficult to confirm all of this information with the actual teams.

      So for right now consider this a resource in which I do all the research for you. I prefer to post the links so that my reader understand my rationale but it really is not a perfect science and probably never will be. I am not just listing every teams starters without links and changing them post game-time. Usually my projections are finished at this time.

      Thanks for reading,

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