Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday Night Preview

That was one interesting night last night, as there was plenty of jockeying for position in the second, third and fourth spots, but there was only one switch at the end of the night, as John jumped into second place, over Marcus. Peter remained in the hunt for a position move, saw second once or twice throughout the night, but his goals scored on the tie-breaker is the worst of the top six teams. Will that come back to haunt him later?

Jumping a couple more points back into the fray, Jeremy had a big night from his goaltenders, as they are both healthy again. Ryan Miller and Nikolai Khabibulin both registered wins for him, helping him move within 3 points of Benson for fourth. The weekend will be a telling sign as to what he'll need out of the last two weeks of the season.

After all that jockeying and climbing, the lead remained the same at 16 points, as Clayton's few players managed to help him out that little bit, keeping the rest of the top six at bay... for now.

It's Saturday night and we have a pretty full schedule tonight, 11 games, in fact. Let's see who is all going tonight.

714 points
John B.
-16 from lead
-17 from lead
-17 from lead
-20 from lead
-23 from lead
NYR/PITDan Girardi, DMichal Rozsival, DNik Antropov, FNoneNoneNone
LOS/NASDustin Brown, FJason Arnott, FJ-P Dumont, FPekka Rinne, GDan Hamhuis, DShea Weber, D
Anze Kopitar, FKyle Quincey, DMartin Erat, FAlex Frolov, F
Drew Doughty, D
BOS/TORBlake Wheeler, FDennis Wideman, DTim Thomas, GAlex Ponikarovsky, FPhil Kessel, FPavel Kubina, D
Patrice Bergeron, FZdeno Chara, D
Marc Savard, F
BUF/MTLJason Pominville, FNoneRoman Hamrlik, DNoneNoneDerek Roy, F
Alex Kovalev, FRyan Miller, G
CAR/NJDEric Staal, FRay Whitney, FNonePatrik Elias, FJamie Langenbrunner, FNone
Zach Parise, FBrian Gionta
PHI/NYIMike Richards, FNoneNoneMatt Carle, DMark Streit, DNone
Martin Biron, G
OTT/ATLBrian Elliot, GNoneNoneNoneTodd White, FNone
FLA/DALNoneNoneNoneMarty Turco, GMike Ribeiro, FDavid Booth, F
Nathan Horton, F
CBJ/STLSteve Mason, GKristian Huselius, FMike Commodore, DNoneFedor Tyutin, DNone
Keith Tkachuk, F
Manny Legace, G
MIN/CALNoneDaymond Langkow, FMike Cammalleri, FMarek Zidlicky, DTodd Bertuzzi, FJarome Iginla, F
Curtis Glencross, FPierre-Marc Bouchard, F
Mikko Koivu, F
Marc-Andre Bergeron, D
PHO/SANJoe Thornton, FEvgeni Nabokov, GEd Jovanovski, DNoneNoneKeith Yandle, D
Ryan Clowe, F

On the table, we have 64 players between the top six teams, but we also have 6 players in red, who are not expected to be in the line-up, bringing our total down to 58. With 12 active players tonight, Peter has the greatest number of players going, including both his goalies. Clayton follows with 11 players, Benson with 10, Marcus and Jeremy have 9 active, while John only has 7 active.

There are two marquee games tonight, featuring 9 active players each, with at least one player on each team. First of all, the Kings and Predators go at 4pm MT and then the first game of the HNIC doubleheader, Boston & Toronto, each figure to be big games. Bigger for Peter of course, because he has 3 players in each game. This has 'Peter's time to shine' written all over it. Could he be in second place by the end of the night?

It looks like we have a good night ahead of us... stay tuned!

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