Thursday, March 26, 2009

Preview of Thursday Night's Draft Action

The gaps have widen a little more after last night's action, instead of possibly closing, which was seemingly going to happen with the way some of the teams entered the evening. No, the lead stretched open another 3 points to 13, Benson and John remained tied for third, losing 4 points on the leader, while Peter and Jeremy each lost a point on the leader, but gained on third place by 3 points. The race is far from over and we are just about to hit a heavy night of action, as eight games are on the docket and they carry a lot of top six team players.

705 points
-13 from lead
-18 from lead
John B.
-18 from lead
-20 from lead
-23 from lead
FLA/PHIMike Richards, FNoneMartin Biron, GNoneNathan Horton, FDavid Booth, F
Matt Carle, D
NYR/ATLDan Girardi, DNik Antropov, FTodd White, FMichal Rozsival, DNoneNone
CAL/CBJSteve Mason, GMike Cammalleri, FFedor Tyutin, DKristian Huselius, FNoneJarome Iginla, F
Curtis Glencross, FTodd Bertuzzi, FDaymond Langkow, F
Mike Commodore, D
TAM/MTLAlex Kovalev, FRoman Hamrlik, DNoneVaclav Prospal, FNoneMartin St. Louis, F
SAN/NASJoe Thornton, FJ-P Dumont, FDan Hamhuis, DEvgeni Nabokov, GPekka Rinne, GShea Weber, D
Jason Arnott, FMartin Erat, F
VAN/STLKevin Bieksa, DNoneNoneKeith Tkachuk, FNoneNone
Mattias Ohlund, DManny Legace, G
Sami Salo, D
LOS/DALDustin Brown, FKyle Quincey, DMike Ribeiro, FAnze Kopitar, FMarty Turco, GAlex Frolov, F
Drew Doughty, D
EDM/PHONoneEd Jovanovski, DNoneNoneAles Hemsky, FKeith Yandle, D

Not counting the injured or unavailable players, we have 39 players on the ice, who could have an effect on how the top six plays out. Topping the list of active players tonight is Clayton's team, who has 9 players going, followed by Peter who has 7. Benson on the other hand, will have yet another challenge put upon his team to stay in third, as he only has 4 active player going tonight, while Jeremy only has 5 active players and could find himself further back of the pack.

The marquee match-up of the evening is the Calgary/Columbus game, where 8 players from 5 of the 6 teams will all mash it up. Steve Mason is the only goalie in the top six that will be playing in this game and a win for him could propel Clayton just a little bit further.

The San Jose/Nashville game also should be an interesting one, as every member of the top six has at least a player going in the game, Peter has two. There is a goaltending match-up, as fourth place, John, has Evgeni Nabokov and fifth place, Peter, has Pekka Rinne, but there is a chance that Brian Boucher would get the start for San Jose, as Nabokov played last night in Chicago.

1 comment:

opiatedsherpa said...

Afternoon note: Todd Bertuzzi has been cleared to return for the Flames tonight, giving Benson another player on his team.