It was a good night for the start of the survival pool in Week Nine, as both Mike and Troy already qualified with wins from Sergei Bobrovsky and Tuukka Rask, respectively. Trying to finish off all the Waiver Draft stuff ensured that the goalie post wasn't coming yesterday, but who really missed it?
It's not as busy tonight, as it normally is on Tuesdays, only nine games on the schedule tonight, but there is a good chance that the three remaining teams in need of a win will get a crack at one tonight.
It'll be a rumble in Brooklyn, as the New York rivalry gets another turn tonight. Grant gets a survival start out of this match-up, as he'll have Henrik Lundqvist going for the visiting side. Expecting to oppose him in the Islanders net is Jaroslav Halak, going for Troy, who already qualified, as noted above.
Stacey M. might have an easy start to qualify for Week Ten, as her goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start for the Nashville Predators with the lowly Avalanche in town for a game. Semyon Varlamov will go for the Avs and Kristy & Don tonight, but he hasn't exactly been posting numbers worthy of much confidence this year. It's by no means a slam dunk, but it could be a solid reverse lay-up, if all goes well.
The last of the three survival games is one of the later games on the schedule tonight, with the Flames invading the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, taking on the Stars. Chad Johnson will provide the survival start for John S. tonight and he'll get opposition from Kari Lehtonen in the Dallas net, offering Dale C. another start.
The Oilers are in Buffalo tonight to take on the Sabres at it will be Marcie against Ryan in the hockey pool, vying for those crucial points, as Cam Talbot will take on Anders Nilsson tonight. The two teams open the night in 11th and 12th, 4 points difference, so this is a potential swing game.
A definite swing game in the overall standings in Jersey tonight, as Clayton has Jacob Markstrom going for the Canucks and Stuart has Cory Schneider going for the Devils. Stuart is in 13th, 1 point up on Clayton, who is officially in 15th to start the night.
The expectation tonight is James Reimer versus Steve Mason in Philadelphia tonight, when the Panthers and the Flyers clash. Reimer gives a start to Eric, down in 20th place, taking on the reigning Mover & Shakers, Brenda & Seward. 15 points separate the two teams in the standings.
Waiver Draft pick Al Montoya will make his first start for the 3rd place team belonging to Marcin, while Jake Allen gets the nod for Mike, who sees his team 13 points behind the last money spot, but still has a spot in the survivor pool. The Habs and Blues should provide for a good game tonight, albeit with the 2nd-best goalie match-up.
Stacey C. gets a key start in his chase for the money, as Petr Mrazek gets the call for the Red Wings in Winnipeg, when they play the Jets. Tony and his band of unlucky pool players will send Connor Hellebuyck to the opposite net, as his team tries to overcome all that negativity this season.
Marcie and Scott will have their goalies go head-to-head in Chicago tonight, as the traveling Coyotes will take on the Blackhawks. Mike Smith will go against Scott Darling, with the two pool teams only separated by 4 points at the start of play tonight. The Blackhawks haven't been playing well and the Coyotes have a hot goalie, so this might not go the way you'd expect.