That was a busy night, when all 12 games are going after 5pm MT... it sure makes for a long data entry session, indeed. Thankfully, the weekly audit is only a day away and I can catch-up on all those little tweaks.
In that busy night, three of the six teams in need of wins got them, which extends our Week Three participation level up to 16 teams and we still have one more day left to go, which includes our first outdoor game of the season.
Brian, Tony & Wes are still in need of wins today... and it looks like two out of the three have a chance at starts, as Brian finds himself without the possibility of a start today, ending his run early in the survivor pool.
The Heritage Classic becomes a huge start for Tony, not only in the outdoor games pool, but in the survivor pool as well. Connor Hellebuyck has been tabbed as the host goalie this afternoon and he'll get a tough task against an Oilers team that is just buzzing at the moment. At the other side, Cam Talbot will be looking to build on a great start for Marcie in the pool, as her team sits in 2nd place, thanks to the tie-breakers, but still sits 8 points back of 1st.
In Brooklyn this evening, we're expecting Darcy Kuemper in the Minnesota net and Jaroslav Halak should be in the Long Island net, as the Wild and Islanders get together for one of their two games this season. Troy will be the only one in the pool getting a start here, as he holds Halak on his team and he could use a little bit of a boost, opening the day in 20th place.
In the 5pm MT game, it's our second survivor pool game, as Wes needs a huge game from the Arizona Coyotes, since his goalie, Louis Domingue gets another start for the dogs on this long road trip. Domingue hasn't had a lot of help, since the Mike Smith injury and Wes hasn't had much help his week from his number one keeper, so it's his last chance today. In between Wes and Week Three in the survivor pool, should be Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers, who are starting to find their stride, much to the delight of Grant.
In Anaheim tonight, the Canucks will continue their California trip on back-to-back nights with a game against the Ducks. Ryan Miller will make his return to the net for Brenda & Seward, who qualified last night, likely taking on John Gibson, who will play for Dale B., who is only concerned about the big money now this year. The two pool teams are 10 spots away from each other, Dale having the better team, but it is only a 7-point difference.