The new week gets started a little later than usual, compacting the 49-game week a little bit and we'll start off with a busy Tuesday night, with 12 games on the docket. This should really get the goalie survivor pool off to a good start and with 13 teams left, we'll have lots of action for it, I'm sure.
Head-to-head survivor goalie action starts off the list, with Jake Allen of Mike's team will take on Henrik Lundqvist of Grant's team in the Big Apple tonight, offering safety to at least one team in the pool from this game, which is all kinds of interesting. Mike and Grant are also nice and close in the standings and a win either way will play a role in their race for a better spot in the standings.
Mike will get a second chance at a win tonight, as Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to back in the Columbus net tonight with the Dallas Stars in town. Wilton's goalie, Antti Niemi, is expected to be in the other net, making this another head-to-head game in the survivor pool tonight. Wilton only trails Mike's team by 3 points in the standings, so there are some implications in the big money pool as well.
Roberto Luongo will get the call for the Florida Panthers, giving the pool's best goalie combo another start tonight. Cam gets his first shot at Week Five tonight, while his counterpart in the survivor pool, Troy, is hanging in there as well and he'll get a start from Tuukka Rask with the Bruins. The head-to-heads are excellent and that now makes three of them on the night in a compressed week.
How about a fourth head-to-head match-up? The Buffalo Sabres are in Minnesota to take on the Wild and Jeremy's Robin Lehner will get a shot at the reigning Player of the Week, John's Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk is the epitome of the hot hand at the moment, currently riding a 3-game shutout streak and has been proven to be exceptionally hard to beat early on this year. This will be one of two kicks at the can for Jeremy tonight, just in case he doesn't have much faith in the Sabres cracking the wall that the Wild have put up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are in Brooklyn tonight to take on the Islanders and Dale C. will be getting a survivor pool start in this one, as he will have Ben Bishop in the Tampa Bay net tonight, taking on Thomas Greiss, who should now be considered the number one on the island, going for Dale B.. It's the Dale Derby in the crease for this game, but only one has weight in the survivor pool. Dale B. has the leg up in the standings though, starting the week in 4th place, 2 points out of 2nd.
This game would have been much better if it was a head-to-head survivor match-up, but it isn't. Jeremy will be the only team trying to survive tonight, as Braden Holtby will take on Tony's Connor Hellebuyck, with the Capitals in Winnipeg to take on the Jets. Jeremy's team had to wait until Sunday before they qualified for this week, so they're certainly hoping that they get the job done before it gets too hairy in the week.
Only one team looking to continue on in Colorado, while the other could play potential early-week spoiler. Stacey M. should have Pekka Rinne back in the net for the struggling Predators trying for that Week Five qualification, while Semyon Varlamov will just try for those 2 points for the pool's top duo, Kristy & Don. Stacey trails the duo in the standings by 5 points, so a shutout could really tighten that race up a bit too.
Coming off an emotional shutout on Sunday night, Craig Anderson will get the call again for the Senators and for Wilton, giving him two chances for Week Five tonight. At the other end of the ice tonight will be the Carolina Hurricanes, who are expected to go with Cam Ward, one of Brian's goalies this season. Brian opens the night in 14th, 11 points out of 2nd and 3rd place. The Hurricanes haven't been slouches in this early season, so it could be a really good game here tonight.
Another big headline game in Toronto tonight, with the Maple Leafs entertaining the Oilers, but of course, we don't care about those Matthews or McDavids that are playing in this game, as the headline here is Frederik Andersen hosting Cam Talbot. Talbot is the goalie of note in this post, as he has been riding a hot hand for Marcie's pool team, keeping her in the mix in the overall, the survivor pool and he also has 2 minutes in penalties for here chances at the PIM pool as well.
We're expecting Brian Elliott against Corey Crawford in the net, when the Flames visit the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago. Both Derek B. and Marcin are looking for some key points in the standings tonight, as they open the week, 16th & 13th, respectively.
It is expected to be an all-Wes match-up in San Jose tonight, as Louis Domingue is expected to go for the visiting Coyotes and Martin Jones should be in the home net for the Sharks and 2 points should be coming to Wes, one way or another, if all goes well. Wes' team opens up in 21st, but could have a quiet week with only 36 projected games in total.
The Western games don't seem to carry much value in the survivor pool, as the other late game on the schedule won't carry any weight either, with John Gibson going for the Ducks, as they visit Peter Budaj and the Kings tonight. Dale B. gets the only start in the overall pool with Gibson, while I'm sure teams are scouting Budaj for the Waiver Draft.