Out of the only survival game on Monday night, Mike's team, the favourite on the night, was the eventual winner, with the Blues defeating the Stars. On the plus side, we have 12 games on the schedule on Tuesday night, so there should be lots of opportunities for our surviving teams to keep moving on.
Let's kick off this post with a head-to-head game, as the Buffalo Sabres will be in Ottawa to take on the Senators and Jeremy's Robin Lehner will get the task of Wilton's Craig Anderson. Wilton has already lost a game this week and it sounds like there is a good chance that Anderson could be vacating the team for his family after this one, so he might really need a win tonight.
Grant gets a shot at a survival win tonight, as Henrik Lundqvist is getting another start for the Rangers tonight and he'll get the test from the visiting Hurricanes, who are sending Cam Ward back to the crease. Grant's last three weeks have been getting by on a single win, so he could really use a little bit more security in his weeks, especially since this mini-game is his best shot at the money.
Tuukka Rask is going to get the call for Troy's team tonight, as the Boston Bruins are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. The Flyers are still rolling with their number one, Steve Mason, who belongs to Brenda & Seward, who are only 19 points clear of Troy at the start of action on Tuesday. Troy's team has been waiting until the very last minute in the last couple of weeks, so it would be ideal for his team to get qualified to save on the anxiety.
Tony's Connor Hellebuyck will get the role of playing spoiler tonight in net for the Winnipeg Jets, with the New Jersey Devils in town. All signs are pointing to a survival start for Stuart's entry into the evening, Cory Schneider, talking about another team that just barely scrapes by, week-to-week. Four of the seven surviving weeks for Stuart were with just one win and the other three were with two.
Calvin Pickard gets one more start for the Colorado Avalanche tonight, as Semyon Varlamov inches closer to being 100%. That's okay with Derek B., I'm sure, as those starts have been hard to come by. Pickard is the one who will stand in the way of Pekka Rinne and a survival win for Stacey M. tonight, with the Predators in Denver for a game. Stacey and Derek are also tied in the standings to start the night and a win can certainly help swing a team's favour for the overall standings.
In what should be the last survival game of the night, the Minnesota Wild kick off a road trip through Western Canada in Vancouver and they will be sending John S.'s goalie to the crease, as Devan Dubnyk should have the Canucks tonight. Still unconfirmed at the time of the post, neither Canucks goalie is in the survival pool, so it could either be Ryan Miller for Brenda & Seward or Jacob Markstrom for Clayton and it would do about the same.
The Russian connection goes in Columbus on Tuesday night, as Andrei Vasilevskiy will go for Ryan and the Lightning, while the already-qualified Mike gets another start from Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets. This will also act as a good swing game in the standings, as the two pool teams are only separated by a point today.
Petr Mrazek is getting the call for the Red Wings, to no one's surprise, but definitely Stacey C.'s delight. With the injury to Jimmy Howard, it will be Mrazek's net for a little while, at least. The loss for Dallas last night, combined with back-to-back nights, means it should be Kari Lehtonen in net for them tonight, a positive for Dale C.. Stacey's team is 20 points up on Dale's and has yet to make a Waiver Draft pick this week.
Marcin's team is looking to keep his buffer zone tonight with a start from Chicago's Corey Crawford, with the Florida Panthers in town. Marcin's 3rd place team is still resting comfortably in the money and he could use a couple more points to keep that pace up. Cam will also get a start tonight, as Roberto Luongo gets back into the Florida net tonight, trying to aid his pool team up from 10th place in the standings.
Although unconfirmed at the time of writing this post, it is fully expected that we'll see a Brian versus Marcie match-up in Edmonton tonight with the Maple Leafs in town to tour the new building. We should see Frederik Andersen against Cam Talbot in this one, a good battle near the top of the table in the overall standings.
The Canadiens are looking to roll through California with a win in Anaheim tonight, as they send Carey Price out for this game. Benson is trying to defend 1st place against Brian and only has a few points between the two teams at the start of play. Dale B. gets a start from his Anaheim keeper, as John Gibson has been given the nod for the Ducks tonight and a win for him could could help him bounce up a few spots in the standings.
In a late Pacific Division match-up, it will be Marcie's Mike Smith taking on Wes' Martin Jones, a very popular match-up of late, as these two teams and goalies have gone head-to-head recently. Marcie needs 9 points to get back into the money, while Wes needs 7 points to catch Tony for 23rd. Might be a bit too much for one goalie to muster in one game, but everything helps.