Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

01/11/2010

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

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Will the Red Wings Make the Playoffs?

01/04/2010
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Five

Coming into last year, the Detroit Red Wings looked stronger than ever.  Fresh off a dominating cup win they added arguably the best sniper on the market and seemed poised to create another dynasty, even in this cash strapped salary cap era.

This year certainly seems to be another story.  Gone are Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson amongst others leaving the team with roughly 31 percent of the offense to replace.

Who did they bring in?

Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Jason Williams and Patrick Eaves amongst others.  Those four combined for a whopping 54 goals last year, a little more than half of the 89 goals that left this past offseason.  If you subtract 35 goals from last year’s totals the team still would finish 7th in scoring and not first.

GM Ken Holland planned on using rookies and young players such as Ville Leino, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in scoring roles, hoping it would force them to step up their games and make up the remaining 35 goals needed.  What Holland did not expect were injuries.  Injuries and injuries alone could derail all hope this team had to make the playoffs, let alone another return to the Stanley Cup.

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Goalie Starters 12/20/2009

12/20/2009
Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

  • Ansar Khan of Mlive.com announces Chris Osgood will face Cristobal Huet tonight.
  • Roberto Luongo and Chris Mason should be your remaining starters, check back later for links confirming.

UPDATED @ 7:41 PM

UPDATED @ 9:03 PM

  • Conklin confirmed here.

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Goalie Starters 12/12/2009

12/12/2009
New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators

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Jaroslav Halak On The Block

12/10/2009
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

According to the Web Staff over at Sportsnet, the Montreal Canadiens are actively shopping Jaroslav Halak (H/T to crashthecrease.com).

The 24-year-old netminder is 6-4-0 in 11 games, including an impressive 46 save effort against the Ottawa Senators.  Earlier in the year the Czech native amassed a four game win streak, an feat when you consider how injury riddled and weak the Montreal defense has been.

A quick look around the league shows a handful of teams needing depth between the pipes.  The Flyers lost starter Ray Emery for six weeks leaving their team to the fate of Brian Boucher.  The Oilers may have to rely on Jeff Deslauriers longer than they would like while Nikolai Khabibulin sits at home with a bad back.  Pascal Leclaire remains on the sidelines as he watches Brian Elliot inconsistently block pucks.

Perhaps the most interesting rumor circulating involves Darren Helm and the Red Wings.  As earlier whispered here.  Does Halak really offer an upgrade to Jimmy Howard or the legendary Chris Osgood?

A quick look says no.

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Goalie Starters 12/05/2009

12/05/2009
Colorado Avalanche V Toronto Maple Leafs

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED @ 10:38 AM

  • Marty Turco confirmed here, Jeff Deslauriers confirmed here.

UPDATED @ 10:58 AM

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Goalie Starters 11/23/2009

11/22/2009
Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/22/2009 @ 10:23 PM

UPDATED 11/23/2009 @ 11:51 AM

UPDATED 11/23/2009 @ 12:30 PM

  • Chris Mason confirmed as the first goalie off the ice here and here. The 33-year-old backstop is 6-6-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .926 SV% in 15 games.

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Goalie Starters 11/20/2009

11/19/2009
San Jose Sharks v St. Louis Blues

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/19/2009 @ 10:00 PM

  • Evgeni Nabokov confirmed to start for the Sharks, according to David Pollack’s Working the Corners.  Nabokov is 12-3-4 (2 shutouts) with a 2.16 GAA and .927 SV% in 20 games
  • Carey Price makes another start per Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out.  Price is 5-8-0 on the season with a 2.98 GAA and .906 SV%.
  • Scott Clemmensen starts against the Red Wings.  George Richard’s On Frozen Pond has the scoop.  The Florida backup is 2-1-0 with a 5.14 GAA and .838 SV% in 4 games.
  • Chris Osgood expected to start for the Wings writes Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan.  Ozzy is 6-3-2 with a 2.77 GAA and .902 SV% in 12 games.
  • The Scott Gordon rotation dictates Dwayne Roloson starting tonight.  Chris Botta’s Islanders Point Blank lists the expected lines for the Isles.
  • Flyers coach John Stevens announced Brian Boucher will make his second straight start, says Kevin Kurz’s On the Fly.  The backup is 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .910 SV% in two starts.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 11:20 AM

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 1:20 PM

  • Martin Biron NOT Dwayne Roloson starts tonight, confirmed here and here.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 1:53 PM

  • The Province’s Ben Kuzma implies tonight will be Roberto Luongo vs. Craig Anderson.  Makes sense as not only is it a divisional game but a rivalry so both teams will need their number one.  Anderson is 12-5-3 with a 2.40 GAA, .927 SV% and 2 shutouts in 20 games.  By contrast, Luongo is 7-7-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .906 SV% with 1 shutout in 15 games.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 2:22 PM

  • Ryan Miller should face Tim Thomas according to this game previewThomas is still questionable for tonight, it should be a gametime decision.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 2:54 PM

  • The Star Tribune Michael Russo confirmed Niklas Backstrom as the Wild starter, via Direct Message.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 6:02 PM

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 6:27 PM

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 6:42 PM

  • Tuuka Rask starts, confirmed here.

Yesterday’s Count: 16/16
Year-to-date Predictions: 543/550= 98.7%

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-Alexander Monaghan
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Goalie Starters 11/07/2009

11/07/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 5:25 PM:

  • Steve Goldstein, Panthers play-by-play announcer, confirms Scott Clemmensen in net.  Again via Twitter

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 5:19 PM:

  • The Capitals chose Jose Theodore for the second straight night.  Thanks to Tarik El-Bashir for reporting this over his Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 4:55 PM:

  • Ray Emery starts for the Flyers again, confirmed via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 3:47 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 3:02 PM:

  • Miikka Kiprusoff expected to start against the Rangers.  The match-up discussed at length at the Calgary Herald.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:56 PM:

  • Alex Auld faces Niklas Backstrom tonight, Mike Heika’s Five for Fighting reports.  Backstrom makes sense as I don’t believe Josh Harding is ready to go just yet.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:37 PM:

  • Steve Valiquette starts surprisingly for the Rangers, per Steve Zipay.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:27 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:22 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 2:02 PM:

  • As previously mentioned, Jon Quick starts for the Kings.  Will update later if necessary.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:40 PM:

  • Cam Ward starts for the Canes, Chip Alexander of Canes Now mentions again via Twitter..
  • Dan Kamal, radio voice of the Thrashers, confirms Ondrej Pavelec via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:31 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:18 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:15 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:11 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:08 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 1:02 PM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 12:44 PM:

  • Jonas Enroth debuts for the Sabres, Fluto Shinzawa again has the scoop.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:52 AM:

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:48 AM:

  • It should be Pascal Leclaire against Martin Brodeur when the Devils face the Senators later.  Leclaire confirmed here.

UPDATED 11/07/2009 @ 11:27 AM:

  • Dan Ellis starts for Nashville tonight, according to John Glennon of Nashville Insider.
  • As you may or may not have read here, NHLHotStove.com is coming soon.  Right now I have added an About page and solved numerous formatting problems as well as sources for all 30 teams.  Check out our ever-changing beta here!

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have a reliable source with the starter listed and I have yet to post it, email me at thehotstove@gmail.com.

Yesterday’s Count: 12/12
Year-to-date Predictions: 381/386= 98.6%

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-Alexander Monaghan


Goalie Starters 11/05/2009

11/05/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @5:20 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @3:51 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @3:18 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @3:05 PM:

  • Andrew Raycroft confirmed here.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @2:51 PM:

  • “Blake is out, Joslins back from Worcester and Nabby starts in goal tonight against the Wing Dings. Gametime 4:30pm (In HD) on Comcast Sportsnet California.”  Quote coming from Randy Hahn’s facebook page, count on Evgeni Nabokov starting for the Sharks.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @2:45 PM:

  • Zipay confirms Valiquette via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @2:30 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @1:45 PM:

  • Sandra Prusina of 660 News claims Miikka Kiprusoff will start for the Flames tonight, via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @1:24 PM:

  • Predsradio announced Pekke Rinne will start for the Predators.
  • Niittymaki confirmed here.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:56 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:44 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:36 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:25 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:21 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:17 PM:

  • Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog writes Jonas Hiller “figures to be in the net for some time.”  This quote makes perfect sense despite Hiller playing 7 out of the last 8.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @12:03 PM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @11:46 AM:

  • Ben Wright of Blueland Blog confirms Ondrej Pavelec for the Thrashers via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @11:28 AM:

UPDATED 11/05/2009 @ 2:01 AM:

  • Newsday’s Steve Zipay speculates Steve Valiquette could make the start against Edmonton.  John Tortorella refused to confirm this but Zipay makes a strong case.  I will continue to monitor the situation as we get closer to game time.
  • As you may or may not have read here, NHLHotStove.com is coming soon.  Right now I have added an About page and solved numerous formatting problems as well as sources for all 30 teams.  Check out our ever-changing beta here!

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have a reliable source with the starter listed and I have yet to post it, email me at thehotstove@gmail.com.

Yesterday’s Count: 12/12
Year-to-date Predictions: 349/354= 98.6%

Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates

-Alexander Monaghan