Brenda & Seward were not able to get their win on Monday night, so it's still a blank list for Week Four, but that will change, I'm sure, after tonight. The 11-game schedule on Tuesday night is a busy one, which will give us lots of starts for our pool goalies. Not all of them, but a good portion of them.
It looks like they will get another shot at a survivor pool win in one of the late games, as Ryan Miller should be returning to the Vancouver nets tonight with the Ottawa Senators in town. It is an all-survivor pool match-up in this one, with Craig Anderson set to go for the visitors, giving Wilton his second goalie on the night, see below for his first one, since this is the late game.
The Winnipeg Jets didn't have to wait long to try and get back on the winning side of the ledger after the Heritage Classic, as they are in Dallas tonight for a date with the Stars. They'll send Grant's goalie, Michael Hutchinson, to take on Wilton's goalie, Antti Niemi, in a battle of goalies looking to move on to Week Four. Having two teams vie for a spot, makes for some interesting hockey, does it not?
I still have the feeling that Marc-Andre Fleury is working on borrowed time, but Cam won't mind that, as he will get another start tonight, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Florida Panthers. At the other end of the ice, it will be James Reimer getting the start, trying to help Eric get out of a deadlock for last place in the pool standings tonight.
It looks like Stuart will get two cracks at moving on in the survivor pool on Tuesday and his best bet may come from the Devils, as Cory Schneider will get the start at home against the Coyotes, who will go with non-pool goalie, Justin Peters. Stuart is also in the mix for top spot in the standings, only 3 points back of his brother and Schneider should match-up quite well against these young Coyotes.
Stuart's second start will come from the Calgary/St. Louis game, as he will get a rare start from Carter Hutton of the Blues, with the Calgary Flames in town. At the other end, it will be Brian Elliott making starts on back-to-back nights, just after beating Chicago in the shootout on Monday night, he'll get to play his former team for the first time this season. Derek B. gets back-to-back starts, trying for back-to-back wins, with his team moving up to 12th last night.
John S. gets a chance for Week Four from Devan Dubnyk tonight, with the Minnesota Wild in Boston to take on the Bruins, who are in a spot of goalie trouble. With both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin now down with injuries, the start will go to Malcolm Subban tonight with Zane McIntyre as the back-up, neither were expected to be up this season, so of course, they're not in the pool. Heck, Khudobin isn't even in the pool... so there you have it. Could this be a slam dunk for John and the Wild?
It will be the season debut for Buffalo's Anders Nilsson tonight, when the Sabres go into Philadelphia and take on the Flyers. It will be Ryan's first start for his second goalie and with the Flyers playing on back-to-back nights, it might work in his favour. For the home side, it is expected that we'll see Michal Neuvirth, since Steve Mason played the night before. Neuvirth belongs to Tony, who needs the 2 points, starting in 22nd tonight.
More help in the basement tonight, as Ben Bishop will be going for Dale C. and the Lightning tonight, as they are in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs. Dale is still in the survivor pool, thanks to his Lightning keeper and his hopes of continuing are pinned on him as well. The goaltending situation in Toronto has been a point of contention again this year and neither keeper has given the coaching staff much hope, but Frederik Andersen will get another start tonight, which is good for Brian's team tonight.
It's Bob versus Budaj in Los Angeles tonight, giving us one more goalie in the survivor pool in action tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets will have Mike's number two, Sergei Bobrovsky, in net tonight, when they visit Peter Budaj and the Kings. The Kings are adjusting to life without Jonathan Quick and they're still trying to figure out whether or not they can manage without him or go out and shop for a new keeper. That's something we'll need to know for the Waiver Draft, I'm sure.
It's an all eliminated match-up tonight in Detroit, as the Hurricanes blow in to face the Red Wings tonight and it will be Brian's Cam Ward against Stacey C.'s Petr Mrazek tonight, both teams relying on their goalies to improve their overall standing now. Brian's team opens in 16th, while Stacey's is in 9th this afternoon, with 6 points between their two sides.
It looks like this match-up between the Ducks and the Sharks is another game with paired up eliminated goalies in the survivor pool, as Dale B. will have John Gibson against Wes' Martin Jones. Wes is in need of Jones to get better and get back to his playoff form, so his team can elevate from 23rd place, where he'll start Tuesday's action. Dale B. will start in good shape tonight, up in 6th place.