NHL Starting Goalies: Friday, October 20, 2017

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Vancouver Canucks at Buffalo Sabres

Oct. 20, 2017 7 p.m.
Jacob Markstrom
Markstrom, Jacob
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

Markstrom will start Friday in Buffalo.

Markstrom allowed two goals on 18 shots after replacing Anders Nilsson in the Canucks’ loss in Boston last night. With Nilsson struggling vs. the Bruins, Markstrom is expected to face the Sabres tonight. Markstrom has a 2.88 GAA and .901 SV% in five appearances so far this season. Despite a tough start, the Sabres represent a solid matchup.

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Chad Johnson
Johnson, Chad
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

Johnson will make his third straight start on Friday.

Johnson allowed five goals on 31 shots in the Sabres’ overtime loss in Vegas on Tuesday, but with Robin Lehner feeling under the weather, Johnson will start tonight vs. Vancouver. Johnson has posted a 4.08 GAA and .863 SV% in three starts and one relief appearance. Vancouver comes in sitting at 2-3-1 while averaging 2.50 goals for per game (t-26th in the NHL).

Paul Hamilton


San Jose Sharks at New Jersey Devils

Oct. 20, 2017 7 p.m.
Martin Jones
Jones, Martin
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Jones will start Friday in New Jersey.

Jones allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Sharks’ win over the Canadiens on Tuesday. After a poor first two starts to the season, Jones has won each of his last two outings while stopping 51 of 55 shots (.927 SV%). Tonight he will face a Devils team off to a hot-start—New Jersey comes in at 6-1-0 with a 4.29 GF/PG in their first seven games.

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Keith Kinkaid
Kinkaid, Keith
Confirmed
Oct. 19, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Kinkaid will start Friday vs. the Sharks.

Kinkaid stopped all nine shots that he faced after replacing Cory Schneider in the Devils’ 5-4 win in Ottawa last night. Kinkaid will make his second start of the season tonight vs. the Sharks and comes in at 2-0-0 and has stopped 38 of 40 shots (.950 SV%) that he has faced. Tonight he faces a Sharks team that is 2-3-0 while averaging just 2.60 goals for per game.

Andrew Gross


Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings

Oct. 20, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Braden Holtby
Holtby, Braden
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 11:59 a.m.

Holtby will start Friday in Detroit.

Holtby allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Capitals’ 2-0 shutout loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Holtby has had a nice start to the season, winning three of five games while posting a 2.19 GAA and .931 SV%. The Capitals will go with Holtby in the first game of their back-to-back with Philipp Grubauer going Saturday against the Panthers.

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Petr Mrazek
Mrazek, Petr
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 11:24 a.m.

Mrazek will start Friday vs. the Capitals.

Mrazek stopped 19 of 21 shots after replacing Jimmy Howard in the Red Wings’ loss in Toronto on Wednesday. After allowing a goal on the first shot that he faced, Mrazek settled in and nearly led a Red Wings’ comeback. So far this season he has stopped 72 of 80 shots (.900 SV%) and he will be in tough tonight vs. the high-powered Capitals.

Ansar Khan


Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers

Oct. 20, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Matt Murray
Murray, Matt
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Murray will start Friday in Florida.

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Roberto Luongo
Luongo, Roberto
Confirmed
Oct. 19, 2017, noon

Luongo will start Friday vs. the Penguins.

Luongo allowed four goals on 38 shots in the Panthers’ loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Despite the loss, Luongo will make his second straight start tonight vs. the Penguins—the veteran has lost two of three starts while allowing a combined 10 goals on 101 shots (.901 SV%). He is a risky start against a high-powered Pittsburgh squad.

Jason Mackey


Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

Oct. 20, 2017 8 p.m.
Devan Dubnyk
Dubnyk, Devan
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

Dubnyk starts Friday in Winnipeg.

Dubnyk allowed five goals on 35 shots in the Wild’s loss to Columbus last Saturday. With almost a full week off, look for Dubnyk to get back between the pipes tonight in Winnipeg. The Wild’s No.1 netminder has had a tough start to the season, giving up 11 goals on 104 shots (.894 SV%) and it won’t get any easier with an extremely banged up team in front of him.

Michael Russo

Connor Hellebuyck
Hellebuyck, Connor
Confirmed
Oct. 18, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

Hellebuyck will start Friday vs. Minnesota.

Hellebuyck allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Jets’ win over the Hurricanes last Saturday. The Jets inexplicably went to Steve Mason on Tuesday and he lost yet again, so they’ll come back to Hellebuyck tonight. He has won three straight starts while turning aside 95 of 100 shots (.950 SV%). He’ll face a Wild team that is extremely banged up.

Ken Wiebe


Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks

Oct. 20, 2017 10 p.m.
Carey Price
Price, Carey
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

Price will start Friday in Anaheim.

Price allowed four goals on 34 shots in the Canadiens’ loss in San Jose on Tuesday. Al Montoya got the nod on Wednesday, so they’ll come back to Price tonight in Anaheim. It has been a terrible start to the year for Price and the Canadiens. The former Vezina winner has lost five consecutive games while allowing a whopping 17 goals on 120 shots (.858 SV%).

Richard Labbe

John Gibson
Gibson, John
Confirmed
Oct. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

Gibson will start Friday vs. the Canadiens.

Gibson allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Ducks’ loss to the Sabres on Sunday. Despite posting a steady 2.66 GAA and .924 SV% in his first six games of the season, Gibson sits at 2-2-1. Luckily for him, the Montreal Canadiens are in town and no offence has been as offensively challenged as them so far—they are averaging just 1.43 goals for per game in their first seven contests.

Eric Stephens


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