Sunday, March 29, 2009

Outlining Sunday's Action

What an explosion of points for Peter on Saturday night. He made the huge move into second place and decimated the lead down to 7 points, making up a whopping 10 points on Clayton, who had a terrible night in the pool on Saturday night. Peter has also made the move for the Mover & Shaker award for the week, which is likely his third of the season.

Another big move in the night was Marcus, dropping from third to fifth in the standings. Marcus managed to lose out on 4 points on the lead on Saturday night and Clayton had a bad night, so what does that say?

The top six race got a whole lot more interesting. Heading into Sunday's afternoon action, the lead is back down to where it was on Tuesday, 7 points. There was a little bit of separation in the ranks, 3 points second to third, 7 points third to fourth, 4 more points fourth to fifth and Jeremy is falling behind further, back 4 more points to fifth. Let's see how the day could play out...

720 points
-7 from lead
John B.
-10 from lead
-17 from lead
-21 from lead
-25 from lead
NAS/DETNonePekka Rinne, GJason Arnott, FDan Hamhuis, DJ-P Dumont, FShea Weber, D
Martin Erat, FJohan Franzen, GPavel Datsyuk, F
Ty Conklin, GJiri Hudler, F
STL/CBJSteve Mason, GNoneKristian Huselius, FFedor Tyutin, DMike Commodore, DNone
Keith Tkachuk, F
Manny Legace, G
OTT/TAMBrian Elliot, GNoneVaclav Prospal, FNoneNoneMartin St. Louis, F
BOS/PHIMike Richards, FPatrice Bergeron, FDennis Wideman, DPhil Kessel, FTim Thomas, GNone
Blake Wheeler, FMarc Savard, FZdeno Chara, D
Matt Carle, DMartin Biron, G
VAN/CHIKevin Bieksa, DNoneDuncan Keith, DNoneMartin Havlat, FNikolai Khabibulin, G
Mattias Ohlund, DCristobel Huet, G
Sami Salo, D
MIN/EDMNoneMarek Zidlicky, DNoneNoneNonePierre-Marc Bouchard, F
Ales Hemsky, FMikko Koivu, F
Marc-Andre Bergeron, D
COL/ANANoneScott Niedermayer, DRyan Getzlaf, FMarek Svatos, FNoneNone

Well, let's start at the back of the bus, where Jeremy might get a little bit of a boost on Sunday, possibly getting Mikko Koivu back from a knee injury, which threatened his season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed Saturday night's game with the flu and is questionable for the action against Edmonton. He also gets one up on Marcus with Nikolai Khabibulin getting another start on Sunday versus the Canucks.

Marcus has fallen out this week, having only 19 points, 3 off the basement dweller, so he'll need a big night on Sunday with five skaters and Tim Thomas starting against the Flyers.

Benson might have a boost to his line-up as Marek Svatos made the trip down to the West Coast for the Avs' game against the Ducks, but he'll be a game-time decision. Phil Kessel is still out and there should be some news on him on Monday.

John still sits in third, but a little more comfortably going into tonight. He's still without Jason Arnott and Manny Legace. It doesn't look like either player is coming back any time soon.

Peter and his magical week may be without Pekka Rinne for the Predators' afternoon game against Detroit, as he started the day before. Otherwise, his team is still pretty healthy.

Finally, the leader, Clayton, may not have a goalie going today, as both Brian Elliot and Steve Mason started last night. Mason does have a chance at starting, as the Jackets may want to ride him until they clinch their spot. Otherwise, it's two games for Clayton to watch, BOS/PHI and VAN/CHI.

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