Friday, November 27, 2015
Goalie Announcements (Nov 27)
We have to get this post early today, because of the Black Friday matinees today... okay, well, we don't HAVE to get this post done early, but it's nice if I do, right?
Well, let's start with the early, early game... as the New York Rangers travel to Boston for a "Thanksgiving Showdown" game against the Bruins. It should be a battle of the number ones, as Henrik Lundqvist (Derek & Dan) is expected for the Rangers, while Tuukka Rask (Dale C.) is confirmed for the Bruins.
It doesn't take long before we get into a survivor pool battle, as it's probable that both Pekka Rinne (Ryan) and Steve Mason (Derek W.) will face off against each other, as the Predators and Flyers go in Philadelphia at 1:30pm MT today. Ryan and Derek W. are the only two teams left without a win in the survivor pool this week, but it doesn't end there for them.
Okay, it is for Ryan, he'll need a win in that game, because the Predators are playing on back-to-back nights tomorrow and it would seem unlikely that Nashville would push Rinne in two games.
For Derek, he'll get another start this afternoon, as Devan Dubnyk and the Wild will host the Winnipeg Jets, who will likely be going with Michael Hutchinson (Mike) on the other side. This will be a 2pm MT start for this game, so Derek will know how many nails he'll need to bite off this weekend, if any, before he gets home from work today.
Otherwise, there isn't a lot of out of the ordinary starters for our pool teams today, especially given that we had the one-day US Thanksgiving break on Thursday.
Dale B., who sits atop the standings, will have both of his goalies going tonight, as Jaroslav Halak will get the Panthers and Mike Smith will get the Flames in the late game. 2nd place, John P., will have Chad Johnson in net for the Sabres against the Hurricanes this evening. 3rd place, Jeremy, gets one starter as well, seeing Braden Holtby go against the Lightning this afternoon. 4th place, Neil, has one goalie going, as Cam Ward will go opposite of Johnson in Buffalo tonight.