Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

01/11/2010

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

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Goalie Starters 01/06/2010

01/06/2010
Minnesota Wild v Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 6, 2010:

  • A couple of teams coming off back-to-back nights.  Marty Turco and Niklas Backstrom should be in nets considering their backups played last night.  I told think the situation is as cut and dry in Calgary or Toronto, so I will keep you posted on those decisions.  In addition, the Rangers, Blues and Flyers play the first of back-to-back games, so it will be interesting to see who they choose to start on which nights. (H/T to Joe English for the Turco decision)
  • Michael Leighton confirmed by The Official Twitter Page of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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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 01/02/2010

01/02/2010
New York Islanders v New York Rangers

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 @ 12:02 PM

UPDATED @ 12:16 PM

  • Pekka Rinne starts for the Preds, says their official Twitter.

UPDATED @ 1:03 PM

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Goalie Starters 12/27/2009

12/27/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

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

  • Tomas Vokoun expected in nets by Steve Goldstein, Panthers play-by-play announcer.
  • Jonas Seigel of Eat, Sleep, Leafs announced Vesa Toskala as the Leafs starter.
  • Marc Andre Fleury should be the Penguins starter according to Seth Rorabaugh’s Empty Netters.
  • The Flyers, Islanders, Sabres, Blues, Predators, Blackhawks and Canucks all come off games last night so it will take a little longer to find out their starters. The Bruins and Flames starters should be announced shortly following their morning skates.

UPDATED @ 2:26 PM

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Goalie Starters 12/21/2009

12/21/2009
IL: Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks

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 @ 12;46 PM

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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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