It's crunch time in the goalie survivor pool and both Wilton and Jeremy do not have to worry about it, as they were cleared for Week Six on Friday night. That only leaves both Marcie and Grant to try and earn wins between Saturday and Sunday, but there should be chances for both tonight and tomorrow, so they're not quite out of luck yet.
Okay, well, Grant is the only one of the two that gets a start on Saturday night and it was confirmed rather early, as Henrik Lundqvist will start for the New York Rangers, as they start a back-to-back through Alberta tonight, starting with the Flames and Brian Elliott at the other end. The Rangers play again on Sunday night in Edmonton and it is unlikely that Lundqvist would get both. Grant is in desperate need of a road win tonight.
The Sabres and Devils head back to the swamp to conclude their home-and-home series and they'll throw the numbers ones at this game, as Jeremy will have Robin Lehner in net and Stuart will get a start from Cory Schneider. 14th versus 8th in the pool standings, 7 points separating the two teams.
A top tier goaltending match-up in Columbus tonight, where Mike will more than likely walk away with 2 points in this one, as both of his goalies are starting tonight. Jake Allen will go for the Blues and Sergei Bobrovsky will go for the Blue Jackets. This will surely help his rough week and help to keep him out of the basement for the Newsletter.
An all-Benson match-up in Montreal tonight, as his team will pad their lead with a win of some sort tonight. Jimmy Howard is expected to start for the Red Wings, while Carey Price will get the call for the Canadiens. Either way, it's 2 points for the pool leader and the potential Mover & Shaker of the week.
Troy's goaltending is tied for 2nd in the pool in points, but his team still sits in last place, so it will be important that Jaroslav Halak continues the positive trend for his team, if he is to keep some hope. Halak and the Islanders draw Roberto Luongo and the Panthers tonight, which will give Cam much-needed start, as his goaltending has dropped from being one of the best to now being in the middle of the pack.
Down in Tampa Bay, the goalie match-up will be between Wes and Dale C. tonight, as the Sharks will go with Martin Jones and the Lightning will go with Ben Bishop. The two pool teams are in the bottom half of the standings, 24th and 18th, respectively, 9 points separating the two.
With the Capitals playing last night, they will go with Philipp Grubauer tonight, who is a non-pool goalie in this first segment, but is certainly in the running for a Waiver Draft pick-up at some point. At the other end, it's another start for Brian's team, as Cam Ward will take to the home net for the Hurricanes. Brian's team could really use a win to help close the gap for the Mover & Shaker here.
In Philadelphia tonight, we're expecting to see Devan Dubnyk go for John S. and the Minnesota Wild, hoping to put a couple more points on his weekly total of 17 points, while Michal Neuvirth gets the call for Tony and the Flyers tonight. Tony's team has been good this week, posting 18 points, so far, but his team hasn't made up much ground yet, he'll need a big night.
It sounds like the expectation is Frederik Andersen against Matt Murray tonight in Pittsburgh, but Toronto's half was yet to be confirmed, at the time of writing this post. Andersen gives Brian another start tonight, as his tandem has been busy in the last few weeks, while Murray will give a start to Scott, who is at the opposite end of the minutes played spectrum, having only six starts to this point in the season.
It's a battle of 1st round picks in the draft in Nashville tonight, as John Gibson should be getting the start for Dale B. and the Ducks, while the Predators will be going with Stacey M.'s pick, Pekka Rinne. Gibson holds a slight edge in points to this point in the season, despite being 15 selections after Rinne in the draft. That's not bad bargain pick for Dale.
Wes gets a second start on the evening with Louis Domingue going for the Coyotes tonight, but it won't be an easy test, as the Boston Bruins are in town. It is expected that the new number one overall point-getter in the pool, Troy's Tuukka Rask, will get the start. Rask leads all players with 22 points and could add to that total tonight.