Friday, March 11, 2016
Goalie Announcements (Mar 11)
Haven't done a great deal with the goalies here this week, was waiting for more of a weekly story line to emerge and here's what I've found.
Only five games on the schedule tonight and we're looking to see if anyone can track down Kristy & Don for the Mover & Shaker of the week, as they have jumped out to a big lead before the weekend. The duo don't have a goalie going on Friday night, which could open the door for a team to move closer.
Let's see... Jeremy doesn't have a goalie going tonight, Neil doesn't appear to have a goalie either, neither does Tony, nor does Brian and it comes all the way down to Scott, who sits 10 points back in the week, before we get a starter. How weak is that?
So, let's start with Scott's goalie, Jake Allen of the Blues, as he is the confirmed starter with the Ducks in town, to which we're expecting to see Frederik Andersen (Benson) at the other end, as the Ducks are now running a regular rotation in their net. Scott is 6th in the week and 7th overall, so a big game from the Blues would be ideal for his chances at either honour.
How about the other end of the spectrum, the Basement Dweller? Cindy currently holds the lead, but won't get any help from the crease tonight. Wes doesn't have a goalie even getting dressed tonight, but Allan does, as he should have Ben Bishop in net for the Lightning tonight, likely taking on Steve Mason (Derek W.) and the Flyers. Allan is only 1 point clear of the bottom, so a win could definitely keep him out.
We're really struggling for stories here today, so let's just go over the last three games of the evening and be done with it. I thought this was going to be more exciting.
How about the return of Sergei Bobrovsky (Troy) tonight? Troy gets one of his goalies back tonight, which is a plus... too little, too late though. The Blue Jackets get the Penguins tonight and we should expect to see Marc-Andre Fleury (John R.) at the other end. The Blackhawks are in Dallas tonight, where we should see Corey Crawford (Stuart) against Antti Niemi (Stacey M.). Finally, the Coyotes and Flames are going at the Saddledome tonight and the goaltending match-up should be Louis Domingue (Derek & Dan) against Joni Ortio (Dropped).