Saturday, January 09, 2016
Goalie Announcements (Jan 9)
With those two early games getting started here shortly, we'll see what has been announced for goalies tonight, giving us all a heads up for what to expect in the creases tonight.
Let's start with the money teams and work our way down, shall we?
It is expected that we'll see Jonathan Quick in the net for the Kings tonight, giving our pool leaders one start tonight. Brenda & Seward have collected well from Quick and the Kings and they get the struggling Blues tonight, with Brian Elliott (Grant) likely getting the call at the other end.
Jeremy will get his only start out of the way in one of the early games this afternoon, as Braden Holtby gets the call for the Capitals today, taking on Henrik Lundqvist (Derek & Dan) in a key Metropolitan Division match-up. The red hot Capitals will likely use this one as a measuring stick game, as we head down the stretch.
Our 3rd place team belongs to John P. still, but his week hasn't exactly gone swimmingly and his only goalie will have a tough match-up today, as Craig Anderson and the Sens will face Tuukka Rask (Dale C.) and the Bruins. John's team is still resting in a buffer zone, above and below, but he can't get too comfortable these days, as the standings have been known to change quickly this year.
Derek W. will likely have both of his goalies playing again today, which has to be disappointing for him, as his team was eliminated in Week Ten, the only week his team hasn't seen a goalie win. Steve Mason should get the call for the Flyers, hosting Jaroslav Halak (Dale B.) and the Islanders, while it should be Devan Dubnyk in for the Wild, as they visit Antti Niemi (Stacey M.) and the Stars.
John R. will see both of his goalies go head-to-head tonight, with Pittsburgh in Montreal, as it will be Marc-Andre Fleury taking on Mike Condon, both confirmed starters. John has a little bit more stock in the Penguins' skaters, so a Pittsburgh blowout/shutout would be most beneficial for his team, which is trying to stay out of the pool basement.
Otherwise, there isn't much for surprise starters today, some injuries are forcing the hand of NHL teams to not play their number one goalies, so what can you do?