Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sunday's Preview (8 Nights Left)

Well, if the cut-off for the race for third place is 15 points and it's tomorrow, then a lot of teams are in trouble heading into Sunday. The gap between third and fourth going into Sunday's action is now 14 points. If Benson and Marcus can have big days in the league on Sunday, they should be able to stick around, but if they don't, it could be curtains for both of them.

Making a dramatic move on Saturday night was definitely John B., who took down the entire 10-point gap between himself and Peter, and took over the second place spot, thanks to the goals scored tie-breaker. John currently sits fifth in the goals scored category with 221, while Peter is mired in a tie for eleventh with 200.

The lead also opened up by another 6 points on Saturday night, mostly while Peter was losing his lead on John B.. Clayton managed to keep his lead wide, but John B. did make up some points on him, but he was a ways back to start the night.

Let's have a look at Sunday's action, shall we?

ClaytonJohn B.PeterBensonMarcusJohn P.Jeremy
MIN/DETNoneNoneMarek Zidlicky, DJohan Franzen, FJiri Hudler, FMarian Hossa, FPierre-Marc Bouchard, F
Ty Conklin, GPavel Datsyuk, FMikko Koivu, F
Marc-Andre Bergeron, D
ATL/WASNoneNoneNoneAlex Ovechkin, FNoneBryan Little, FNone
Todd White, F
PIT/FLANoneNoneNathan Horton, FNoneNoneKristopher Letang, DDavid Booth, F
CHI/CBJSteve Mason, GDuncan Keith, DNoneFedor Tyutin, DMartin Havlat, FCam Barker, DNikolai Khabibulin, G
Kristian Huselius, FCristobel Huet, G
Mike Commodore, D
SAN/ANAJoe Thornton, FEvgeni Nabokov, GScott Niedermayer, DNoneNoneMilan Michalek, FRyane Clowe, F
Ryan Getzlaf, F
COL/VANKevin Bieksa, DNoneNoneMarek Svatos, FNoneDaniel Sedin, FNone
Mattias Ohlund, DHenrik Sedin, F
Sami Salo, DRoberto Luongo, G

It's a fairly light day on the schedule on Sunday. It's one where you're not expecting a lot to happen on the score sheets, but there could be some movement in the standings.

With John B. and Peter now in a dogfight for second place, we now have something to watch for the last week of action. Both teams being tied, we can have a quick look at their skater games and see that John does have a slight edge, having two forwards, a defenseman and a goalie start up against Peter's one forward and two defensemen.

Benson and Marcus don't have many more games than the pair tied for second, but they'll need a big offensive days from the Red Wings to keep their hopes and teams alive on the preview.

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