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Today’s Starting Goalies – December 29th

Dec 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

7:00 pm ET games

NY Rangers @ New Jersey

Likely NY Rangers starter: Henrik Lundqvist (Source.)

Likely New Jersey starter: Martin Brodeur (Source.)

Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders

Likely Pittsburgh starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (Source.)

Likely NY Islanders starter: Rick DiPietro – I can’t say I was expecting to see him back in the Islanders net this soon. Apparently the swelling in his knee went down though, so good for him. (Source.)

7:30 pm ET game

Carolina @ Ottawa

Likely Carolina starter: Cam Ward (Source.)

Likely Ottawa starter: Brian Elliott (Source.)

8:00 pm ET game

San Jose @ Minnesota

Likely San Jose starter: Antero Niittymaki – Antti Niemi kept the Sharks with the Kings for two periods despite San Jose providing a miserable effort, but he couldn’t keep that going for the third. Seems fair to give Niitty another shot, then. (Source.)

Likely Minnesota starter: Niklas Backstrom (Source.)

8:30 PM ET game

Detroit @ Dallas

Likely Detroit starter: Jimmy Howard – With Chris Osgood finally at 400 wins, everyone can relax and start whichever goalie is most worthy and no longer worry about context. (Source.)

Likely Dallas starter: Kari Lehtonen (Source.)

9:00 pm ET game

Los Angeles @ Phoenix

Likely Los Angeles starter: Jonathan Quick (Source.)

Likely Phoenix starter: Ilya Bryzgalov (Source.)

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