Monday, January 25, 2016
Goalie Announcements (Jan 25)
The All-Star shortened week is now upon us and with limited games to be played, the survivor pool gets really interesting. With that being said, Monday night does not play into the hands of the survivor pool, as none of the required four teams are scheduled to play tonight. So, we'll move on to other things.
Today, we'll just quickly go down the schedule, game-by-game, having a look at the projected starters.
First up, we'll see Petr Mrazek (Tony) taking on Jaroslav Halak (Dale B.) when the Red Wings visit the Islanders tonight. Dale's team has really fallen off in recent weeks and there is a 20-point gap now between the two pool teams.
In Philadelphia, Michal Neuvirth (Neil) gets the call for the Flyers tonight and it looks like he'll get Tuukka Rask (Dale C.) in the Bruins net as his opponent, which should make for a decent game. Neil opens the week in arm's length of the money spots, so this could make for a good start, getting a win on Monday.
The Montreal Canadiens are hoping to go into the All-Star break with some sort of confidence on their side and they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. The goalie match-up will be Mike Condon (John R.) against Joonas Korpisalo (non-pool) for each side. John's team is likely going to be picking 2nd in the Waiver Draft when it goes live and a win tonight could ensure that will happen.
On Broadway, it will be the Sabres and Rangers shooting the lights out, with New York playing the second half of back-to-back nights. That likely means that Antti Raanta (Benson) will be their goalie tonight and he'll suit up against Chad Johnson (John P.). It's a rare start for Raanta, if indeed he starts, so Benson has got to make the most of it tonight.
Calgary is also working back-to-back nights, last night in Carolina and tonight in Dallas, and it doesn't matter to them, they're running Karri Ramo (Brenda & Seward) in both games as the starter. At the other end, Antti Niemi (Stacey M.) is getting the call again. Talk about two pool teams going in opposite directions in this one, could Niemi spark a comeback for Stacey's team?
In the last game of the night, the Arizona Coyotes are in Minnesota to take on the Wild and a possible 1st overall pick in the Waiver Draft, Louis Domingue (non-pool) will get the call for the dogs, while Devan Dubnyk (Derek W.) will play host with the most.
There should be a reasonable amount of updates tonight, so stay tuned to the standings once the puck drops!