NHL Starting Goalies: Thursday, December 6

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-138)

Greiss will start Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Greiss allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Islanders loss to the Jets on Tuesday. With Robin Lehner still banged up, look for Greiss to start tonight in Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old has appeared in two games against the Penguins this season, ultimately stopping 41 of the 44 shots (.932 SV%) that he has faced.

-1.5 (125)

DeSmith will start Thursday vs. the Islanders.

DeSmith turned aside 42 of 45 shots in the Penguins win over Colorado on Tuesday. DeSmith has been impressive in his last five outings, going 4-1-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .923 SV%. DeSmith is making a case for him to remain as the Penguins’ No.1 netminder when Matt Murray is healthy. The 27-year-old has gone 5-1-2 with a 2.50 GAA and .927 SV% in 11 appearances (eight starts) at the PPG Paints Arena this season.


Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST
-1.5 (108)

Bernier leads the Red Wings onto the ice for warmups.

Bernier allowed one goal on 28 shots in the Red Wings’ 2-0 loss to Colorado last Sunday. Bernier has played pretty well in his last five appearances (four starts), going 2-2-0 while allowing just 12 gaols on 155 shots (.923 SV%). As solid as he has been, he should be left on the bench tonight in Toronto.

-1.5 (-119)

Sparks will start Thursday vs. the Red Wings. (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

Sparks stopped all 34 shots that he faced in the Maple Leafs shutout win over the Flyers on November 24th. Sparks has won four of his five starts this season, posting a 2.57 GAA, .924 SV% and one shutout. Tonight he will give Frederik Andersen a breather and face a Red Wings team that has lost five of their last seven (2-3-2).


Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-264)

Bobrovsky will start Thursday in Philadelphia.

Bobrovsky allowed eight goals on 26 shots in the Blue Jackets loss to the Flames on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets went up early and fell apart, leaving Bobrovsky on the hook for eight goals. John Tortorella will give Bobrovsky a chance to bounce back right away as he faces his former team tonight in Philadelphia. He is an impressive 11-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .931 SV% and two shutouts in 15 career starts against the Flyers.

-1.5 (234)

Stolarz will start Thursday vs. the Blue Jackets.

Stolarz made 30 saves on 32 shots in the Flyers win in Pittsburgh last Saturday. Despite very limited action since the start for the 2017 season, Stolarz has performed pretty well since being promoted from Lehigh Valley (AHL). The former second-round pick has stopped 83 of the 91 shots (.912 SV%) that he has faced in three appearances. Tonight he gets a Columbus team that is 8-5-1 on the road.


Colorado Avalanche at Florida Panthers

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-235)

Grubauer will start Thursday in Florida.

Grubauer allowed three goals on 25 shots in Colorado’s win over the Penguins last Wednesday. Grubauer is on a personal three-game winning streak, stopping 89 of the 96 shots (.927 SV%) that he has faced. After a rough start to his Avalanche career, Grubauer has settled in and makes for a decent spot-start option in Florida.

-1.5 (210)

Luongo will start Thursday vs. the Avalanche.

Luongo stopped all 33 shots that he faced in the Panthers shutout win over the Bruins on Tuesday. It was an outstanding return to the crease for Luongo, who missed the previous five games with a knee injury. The 39-year-old has not lost on home-ice this season, going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .967 SV% and one shutout. Tonight he faces a Colorado team that is 10-5-2 on the road this season.


Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm EST
1.5 (214)

Price will start Thursday in Ottawa.

Price made 28 saves on 30 shots in the Canadiens win over the Senators on Tuesday. Price has been a little better in his last four starts, going 2-2-0 with a 2.31 GAA and .913 SV%. It hasn’t been a great season for Price but he gets the Senators again tonight, making him a candidate for his 10th win of the season. Ottawa has been involved in a lot of high-scoring games, so Price could do some damage to your splits tonight.

1.5 (-240)

Anderson will start Thursday against the Canadiens.

Anderson surrendered five goals on 41 shots in the Senators loss in Montreal on Tuesday. Anderson will go again tonight in the second game of a home-and-home with the Canadiens. Home-ice has been a lot more friendly to Anderson, who is 9-4-2 with a 3.18 GAA, .916 SV% and one shutout at the Canadian Tire Centre. He is also 1-1-0 with a 3.93 GAA and .882 SV% vs. Montreal this year.


Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning

Dec. 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm EST
-1.5 (-164)

Rask will start Thursday against the Lightning.

Rask allowed three goals on 26 shots in the Bruins loss to the Red Wings last Saturday. The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for Rask, who makes his 14th appearance of the season tonight in Tampa Bay. Rask is 2-2-2 with a 2.92 GAA and .913 SV% in six starts on the road this season. He faces the Lightning for the first time this season but was solid against them last year—3-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA, .926 SV% and one shutout.

-1.5 (148)

Domingue will start Thursday vs. the Bruins.

Domingue stopped 26 of the Devils’ 27 shots in the Lightning’s win in New Jersey on Monday. Ed Pasquale gave him a much-needed break on Tuesday but Domingue will get back in the crease tonight vs. the Bruins. Domingue is on a three-game winning streak, posting a modest 2.95 GAA and .882 SV% in the process. Since Andrei Vasilevskiy got hurt, Domingue is 8-3-0 with a 2.91 GAA and .905 SV%.


Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes

Dec. 6, 2018 | 9:00 pm EST
1.5 (235)

Copley will start Thursday in Arizona.

Copley allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Capitals win in New York on November 24th. Copley hasn’t played much when Braden Holtby is healthy but he’ll get a chance tonight in a non-back-to-back situation. Copley is 4-2-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .900 SV% in seven starts on the road this season.

1.5 (-265)

Hill will start Thursday vs. the Capitals.

Hill stopped 25 of 26 shots in the Coyotes 2-1 win in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Hill extended his winning streak to four and he has now stopped 84 of the last 86 shots (.977 SV%) that he has faced. As good as Hill has been, the Capitals present a difficult challenge. Washington has won seven of their last nine (7-2-0) while averaging 4.22 goals for per game.


Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames

Dec. 6, 2018 | 9:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-222)

Stalock will start Thursday in Calgary.

Stalock allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Wild’s win over the Jets on November 23rd. Tonight he gets the front-end of the Wild’s back-to-back in Alberta agains the Pacific-leading Calgary Flames, who are 8-3-2 on home-ice this season. Stalock is 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .920 SV% on the road.

-1.5 (199)

Smith will start Thursday vs. the Wild.

Smith all owed three goals on 16 shots after replacing David Rittich in the Flames 9-6 win in Columbus on Tuesday. Smith has suddenly rattled off four straight wins, allowing a combined seven goals on 83 shots (.916 SV%). With David Rittich struggling on Tuesday, a strong performance tonight could go a long way in Smith re-claiming the No.1 job in Calgary.


Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights

Dec. 6, 2018 | 10:00 pm EST
-1.5 (-110)

Crawford will start for the second night in a row.

-1.5 (-100)

Fleury will start Thursday vs. the Blackhawks.

Fleury gave up three goals on 26 shots in the Golden Knights win over the Capitals on Tuesday. Fleury has been great since the middle of November, going 7-1-0 with a 1.99 GAA, .932 SV% and two shutouts. He is a must-start tonight against a struggling Blackhawks team that comes in on the tail-end of a back-to-back. Fleury made 21 saves in an 8-3 win in his first start vs. Chicago.


Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks

Dec. 6, 2018 | 10:00 pm EST
1.5 (181)

Rinne leads the Predators onto the ice for warmups.

Rinne stopped 21 of 22 shots in the Predators win over the Sabres on Monday. Rinne has won two in a row and three of his last five (3-2-0) with a 2.22 GAA despite posting a subpar .902 SV%. He is a great option tonight vs. a Canucks team that has lost an almost impressively bad 12 of their last 13 games (1-10-2).

1.5 (-202)

Markstrom will start Thursday vs. the Predators.

Markstrom allowed four goals on 31 shots in the Canucks loss to the Golden Knights last Thursday. Markstrom will make his first start in a week and comes in at 1-6-2 with a 3.35 GAA and .897 SV% in his last nine starts. He draws a tough matchup even though the Predators are banged up—he is 5-4-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .903 SV% on home-ice.


New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings

Dec. 6, 2018 | 10:30 pm EST
1.5 (243)

Kinkaid will start Thursday in Los Angeles.

Kinkaid surrendered four goals on 20 shots in the Devils loss to the Lightning on Monday. Things are going downhill for Kinkaid and the Devils. New Jersey’s No.1 netminder has lost five in a row (0-2-3) while posting a disastrous 4.18 GAA and .872 SV%. Despite some recent struggles he has a a great matchup tonight if you feel like being risky.

1.5 (-275)

Quick leads the Kings onto the ice for warmups.

Quick gave up two goals on 20 shots in the Kings 2-1 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. Quick has been solid since returning from a knee injury, stopping 83 of the 88 shots (.943 SV%) that he has faced. He is a great option against a Devils team that has lost six in a row (0-3-3) and are an ugly 5-12-5 in 22 games since starting 4-0-0.