Michael Leighton, Jeremy Reich Placed on Waivers

Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

Bob MacKenzie reports, via Twitter, both of these players have been placed on waivers.

According to Chip Alexander’s Canes Now starter Cam Ward is expected to play Wednesday making the Leighton expendable to the team.  In parts of three seasons with Carolina the 28-year-old held a line of 8-12-0-2 averaging a GAA of over three.  With other established backups such as Joey MacDonald and Steve Valiquette passing through waivers earlier in the year I would expect there to be few takers on the veteran.

In other news the New York Islanders also placed 30-year-old Jeremy Reich on waivers.  The Craik, Saskatchewan native did not play a game for the Isles and has six points over 99 career NHL games with the Bruins and Blue Jackets.  He was originally drafted in the 2nd round by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

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Trade Rumors: Christensen in, Valiquette Out

St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks

The New York Rangers claimed center Erik Christensen off waivers while putting backup goalie Steve Valiquette on, says Newsday’s Steve Zipay.  Christensen found himself on waivers earlier in the year and went unclaimed, probably due to his meager showing of zero points with a minus three rating in nine games.  Clearly Ducks management felt Chipchura was a better alternative down the middle.

Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record spoke with John Tortorella on the issue, and found out adding Christensen is a result of an undisclosed injury to Donald Brashear.  However, Torts also said the move should motivate Brian Boyle to step up his game when the team is healthy.  Boyle may find himself on the block if his play does not improve in the coach’s eyes.

No stranger to the Atlantic Division, Christensen played parts of three season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before getting shipped to Atlanta as part of the Marian Hossa deal.  In the 2006-2007 season, the 25-year-old posted career highs in practically every category finishing the year with 18 goals and 33 points.

The larger question could be, why do the Rangers need a better backup goalie? Vally sports a 2-3-0 record with one shutout, a 3.74 GAA and .852 SV% in six games, below average marks in every category.  The necessity for a better backup could have something to do with star goaltender not remotely playing as well as his career marks.  For now Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson fills in for the journeyman as he tries to regain his form in Hartford.

Do you think Lundqvist should be traded?

I certainly do not and with his value lower than usual I cannot see GM Glen Sather getting adequate compensation for the Swede.

Goalie Starters 11/01/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 7:48 PM:

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 1:08 PM:

  • At-ease soldiers, Steve Zipay confirms King Henrik via Twitter.

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 12:53 PM:

  • Pretty sure Bishop was mistaken, Lundqvist will be in net.  Probably mixed up the new mask with Valiquette’s.  Andrew Gross confirmed Lundqvist here.

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 12:30 PM:

  • Tim Thomas starts according to John Bishop’s live chat, Bruins beat reporter.  Bishop also notes he will be facing Steve Valiquette.   Working on confirming Valiquette in net, keep Lundqvist in for now as there is no confirmation from the Rangers beat.
  • The preview on the Canucks official site says Andrew Raycroft COULD start against Peter Budaj.  I doubt we will see Budaj, as Adrian Dater previously confirmed Anderson in tonight.

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 12:00 PM:

  • Expect Evgeny Nabokov to start against the Hurricanes since Thomas Greiss started only a week ago and the Sharks are not coming off back-to-back games.
  • Everything I’ve read points to Tim Thomas starting against the Rangers.  Will confirm at a later point with a link.

UPDATED 11/01/2009 @ 12:15 AM:

  • Steve Mason faces Jose Theodore when the Blue Jackets take on the Capitals tonight.  Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post confirms both.
  • Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice started Michael Leighton instead of Cam Ward yesterday, so naturally Ward will be back in net tonight.  Chip Alexander of Canes Now covers Maurice’s reasoning behind the decision.
  • Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants assumes Henrik Lundqvist plays tonight.
  • Craig Anderson to make his fifteenth straight start, Adrian Dater of All Things Avs 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 any tips, email them to me at thehotstove@gmail.com.

Yesterday’s Count: 21*/22 = 95.5%
Year-to-date Predictions: 314/318= 98.7%

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-Alexander Monaghan

*Went with the only source I had although it would have worked out if you followed my advice, ironically, when considering Ryan Miller’s performance last night

Goalie Starters 10/22/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 03:47PM:

  • No word yet, but Chris Osgood and Nikolai Khabibulin are likely for tonight.  More updates to come/links to confirm.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:47PM:

  • Jon Quick is starting in net tonight and will continue there for the foreseeable future according to Rich Hammond.  Hammond recently sat down with coach Terry Murray about the team’s goalie  situation.  Click here for the full Q & A.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is a guarantee to be in net tonight seeing as it is a division rival.  Steve Valiquette‘s effort against San Jose certainly did not help his cause…

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:25PM:

  • John Glennon reports here that Pekka Rinne will start tonight.  Seems like Trotz is using a 1, 1A approach with his two promising netminders.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:00PM:

  • Jaroslav Halak will be in again, per Habs Inside/Out.  Click here for the full entry.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 01:32PM:

  • Martin Biron in for the Islanders tonight.  Chris Botta has the full story here.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 01:19PM:

  • Ray Emery will start against Boston.  Tim Thomas also re-confirmed.  Read the entire entry from Kevin Kurz at On The Fly here.
  • Lightning Insider writes here that Mike Smith will start tonight against San Jose. 
  • This preview here mentions Ilya Bryzgalov as expected to start in goal. 

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 12:19PM:

  • Steve Harris of the Boston Herald expects Tim Thomas to be in goal here
  • Chris Vivlamore reports here that Ondrej Pavelec will be in net tonight.
  • Per James Gordon of Hockey Capital, Pascal Leclaire will start tonight against Nashville.  Click here to read the whole preview.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 10:19AM:

  • Tarik El-Bashir believes Semyon Varlamov will play again tonight against the Thrashers.  He mentions the injury to Jose Theodore here, noting that he will backup despite being ready to return.
  • This feature entry here by Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice implies Martin Brodeur starting tonight.
  • Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers reports here that Mathieu Garon will start tonight against his former team.
  • As previously mentioned, Alex Auld will start in goal tonight against the Kings.  Mike Heika mentions this at the end of his entry here.

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: 170/172= 98.8%

-Alexander Monaghan

Goalie Starters 10/19/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 10/19/2009 @ 4:28 PM

  • Not much word with regards to starters, as of right now the remaining projected are Nikolai Khabibulin, Evgeni Nabokov, Jon Quick and Roberto Luongo.
  • There were some rumblings earlier as to a Andrew Raycroft start, I still have not confirmed that.
  • Nabokov has started every game this year for the Sharks, interesting to see if that trend will continue.
  • I’m working very hard to get these confirmed, beleive me.  Bear with me for the next two days as I am battling the flu with help from my trusty friend the Z-pack.  Ales Hemsky I feel your pain brother…

UPDATED 10/19/2009 @ 12:01 PM

  • I stand corrected,  according to this Steve Zipay post Steve Valiquette makes his second start of the year.

UPDATED 10/19/2009 @ 11:01 PM

  • Marty Turco will likely be back in goal according to this preview here. Mike Heika confirms this here as well.
  • Per Andrew Gross’s entry here, Henrik Lundqvist will be in net tonight.

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: 146/148= 98.6%

-Alexander Monaghan

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

Goalie Starters 10/11/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED: 10/10/2009 @ 10:45 PM

  • Per the Twitter of Steve Zipay of Newsday, Steve Valiquette is going to start against the Ducks.  Link here.
  • Mike Heika reports here that Marty Turco will be in net against Vancouver Sunday.  This preview also confirms it.
  • The same preview also commits to Roberto Luongo.  No surprise here, Robby is the spitting image of Martin Brodeur at this point in his career.
  • Still awaiting the Ducks’ starter, but I would imagine it is Jean-Sebastien Giguere after Jonas Hiller‘s effort tonight.  Will confirm with a link when I get one.

UPDATED: 10/11/2009 @ 8:28 AM

  • Ducks blog says JS Giguere could start in net here.  However, they also note Randy Carlyle’s tendency to start a winning goaltender implying Hiller.   Still a toss up, will keep you updated.

UPDATED: 10/11/2009 @ 1:39 PM

  • Jonas Hiller is now listed as the probable starter.  More info when I have it.

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: 60/60 = 100%

-Alexander Monaghan