What Will Washington Do…

12/19/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

…with all that cap room?

With the loan of Michael Nylander to Grand Rapids of the NHL, the Capitals gained financial flexibility which should allow them to acquire some help in areas they deem necessary.  As of this writing, the Caps 24 wins lead the League making the average fan ask: How can they possibly get better?

Corey Masisak of The Washington Times lists five speculative picks that would bolster this team as they prepare for a lengthy playoff campaign.  As the team stands there is little need for improvement but one could make a case for another top defender.

As we know from our history watching the playoffs, depth is key.  The team’s current construction has featured numerous players shifting up and down the teams forward lines as coach Bruce Boudreau dealt with injuries and juggling in order to find the proper mix.  Still Masisak believes the most glaring need is this top defenseman. His solution: Scott Niedermayer.

Niedermayer currently captains the Anaheim Ducks and has lead them, as well as his former team the New Jersey Devils, to the Stanley Cup.  In addition, this may be the last year in the NHL for the 36-year-old.  Although he only has three goals on the season, he would become a powerful weapon on the Washington powerplay, something dreams are made of.  He along with Mike Green would give them two elite puck-moving defensemen which would be incredibly dangerous for this already powerful offense.

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Goalie Starters 12/08/2009

12/08/2009
St. Louis Blues v Philadelphia Flyers

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

UPDATED @ 4:24 PM

  • Broad Street Hockey reports Ray Emery placed on IR.  Johan Backlund called up to backup the Flyers new starter, Brian Boucher.

UPDATED @ 4:49 PM

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Goalie Starters 12/01/2009

11/30/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v San Jose Sharks

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

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Goalie Starters 11/21/2009

11/21/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Washington Capitals

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/21/2009 @ 1:21 AM

  • Steve Mason announced the starter for the Blue Jackets.  The 21 year old Rookie of the Year comes into tonights matchup 8-5-2 with a 3.48 GAA and .884 SV% in 15 games.  The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline has the full report.

UPDATED 11/21/2009 @ 12:17 PM

  • Semyon Varlamov confirmed here and here. The young Russian netminder is 8-1 in 10 games with a 2.59 GAA and .911 SV%.  Last night’s starter Michael Neuvirth returned to Hershey this morning.
  • His counterpart will be Vesa Toskala, writes Jonas Siegel.  Toskala boasts a 0-4-2 line with a 4.26 GAA an .854 SV% in eight games.
  • Radio announcer Dan Kamal confirms Marc Andre Fleury facing Johan Hedberg.  The Atlanta backups is 4-1-0 with a 2.63 GAA an .923 SV% in seven games while Fleury is 11-7-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .899 SV% in 18 games.
  • Tom Gulitti’s Fire & Ice reports backup Yann Danis will make his third star of the year.  In his two previous starts, Danis has a 1.00 GAA and .964 SV%.

UPDATED 11/21/2009 @ 12:52 PM

  • John Vogl’s Sabres Edge lists Patrick Lalime as likely for the Sabres.  The backup is winless in two games with a 4.14 GAA an .854 SV% in two games.

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Goalie Starters 11/16/2009

11/16/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

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  • Lightning Strike’s Damian Christodero recently wrote “Niittymaki will keep playing until the coaching staff thinks his game takes a dip. Then it’s on to Smith and we see what he can do with his chance.” Going by that statement, Antero Niittymaki will start considering he remains in the league leaders in GAA.

UPDATED 11/16/2009 @ 11:10 AM

  • Rask confirmed here.
  • Martin Biron starts according to the rotation of Islander’s coach Scott Gordon.

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Yesterday’s Count: 6/6
Year-to-date Predictions: 496/502= 98.7%

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Goalie Starters 11/14/2009

11/14/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/14/2009 @ 7:05 PM

  • This quote comes from Randy Hahn:In the broadcast booth in St. Louis. Nabokov starts in goal, Logan Couture up from Worcester plays on a line with McGinn and Staubitz. Vesce down to Worcester. Shelly, Blake and Mitchell not on trip. Expect St. Louis to come out HARD! The owner ripped the players in the press today.

UPDATED 11/14/2009 @ 6:01 PM

  • Ray Emery confirmed here.  Thank you Kevin Kurz!

UPDATED 11/14/2009 @ 5:09 PM

  • Since there are no news reports on their goalie status, I’m assuming Evgeni Nabokov, Ray Emery and Chris Mason are your remaining starters for tonight.  Of course, I will update if anything changes.

UPDATED 11/14/2009 @ 4:47 PM

  • Tomas Vokoun confirmed here.

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  • This preview states Ilya Bryzgalov is most likely the starter for the Coyotes.

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  • Eric Stephen’s Duck Blog notes Jonas Hiller should be back in net for the Ducks since Jean-Sebastien Giguere played last night.

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  • Backup Brian Elliot likely to make the start for the Senators, according to this preview.

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  • Newsday’s Steve Zipay confirms Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.
  • 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: 467/472= 98.9%

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-Alexander Monaghan


Goalie Starters 11/13/2009

11/13/2009

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 3:22 PM

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UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 1:05 PM:

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UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:55 PM:

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:45 PM:

  • The Calgary Herald assumes Ryan Miller to be facing Miikka KiprusoffKiprusoff confirmed by Brent Sutter here, Miller I would still list at about 80 percent.

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:30 PM:

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:22 PM:

  • Mathieu Garon starts for the Blue Jackets.  For what its worth, Steve Mason is killing me in both of my fantasy leagues, so thank god he’s getting a break.  Tom Reed at Puck-rakers has the full story.
  • Ben Wright at Blueland Blog expects Ondrej Pavelec to start for the Thrashers.

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:11 PM:

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 11:10 PM:

  • The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo reports Josh Harding is expected to start for the Wild, via Twitter.  As Russo mentions here, Harding has not started since October 16th so a little rust could be expected.

UPDATED 11/13/2009 @ 10:55 PM:

  • Semyon Varlamov makes the start for the Capitals today, Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post reports.
  • 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: 18/18
Year-to-date Predictions: 455/460= 98.9%

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-Alexander Monaghan