Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Goalie Announcements (Nov 25)
It was the night before US Thanksgiving and all through the league, most players were skating, even Kris Versteeg. There are 13 games on the schedule tonight, which will open up the door for a lot of teams to pick up some wins for the pool, both overall and the survivor pool. Of course, we'll concentrate on the latter.
We'll start off with an all-survivor pool match-up, as we focus on the game in Brooklyn, where the Flyers and Islanders will meet, Steve Mason (Derek W.) against Jaroslav Halak (Dale B.), where one team will move on to next week, guaranteed, and the other will look to another game tonight for some help. And yes, they both have another goalie going, which is why they're still in the pool at this point in the season.
Derek will have Devan Dubnyk going for the Wild tonight, as they play host to Ryan Miller (Clayton) and the Canucks, while Dale B. will see Mike Smith return from a small injury, as the Coyotes will play the Ducks, who should have Frederik Andersen (Benson) back in the net after a small bout of the flu.
In Tampa, Allan will see Ben Bishop back in the Lightning net, as they will welcome Jonathan Quick (Brenda & Seward) and the Kings into their house tonight. The Bolts have been reeling from some injuries, while the Kings are starting to pick up their socks a bit. This could be a tough one for Allan's keeper tonight.
The Blackhawks are in San Jose tonight and Corey Crawford will get the call for the visitors, while it is expected that Martin Jones (Scott) will get another call to arms in the team's defense. This has some real potential for a good game as well, a tough one for Stuart's goalie to get him through to next week.
Outside of the survivor pool, we have one game, Columbus in New Jersey, where Troy will have both of his goalies starting in the game. Sergei Bobrovsky versus Cory Schneider... Troy should get at least 2 points tonight from the crease, in theory.
And for a notable start, how about Carter Hutton getting a rare start for the Nashville Predators, giving John R. a quick appearance, likely before getting cut next week. Hutton is scheduled to take on a possible replacement in Linus Ullmark, who gets the call for Buffalo tonight.