Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Feb 22)

Both of our last surviving teams had a start on Tuesday night, but neither Devan Dubnyk or Pekka Rinne could walk away with wins, unable to defeat the Blackhawks and the Flames, respectively.

Wednesday night is going to be a light night on the schedule and so much so, that the neither surviving team has any action going on, lessening their chances at that key win this week.  Since there is only

Cam Talbot (Marcie) versus James Reimer (Eric)
With the Oilers going with Laurent Brossoit on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it would seem safe to assume that Cam Talbot would get the call on Wednesday night against the dangerous Panthers.  Florida has announced that they are going to be going with James Reimer on Wednesday night, which I believe makes this three straight starts for the supposed number two.

Marcie's team is looking to close the gap on 2nd place tonight with a win, as it stands now, it is 16 points heading into the evening.

Braden Holtby (Jeremy) versus Michal Neuvirth (Clayton)
The Capitals are in Philadelphia tonight and there's no surprise at the visitor's end, while the Flyers continue to go with Michal Neuvirth in their net, opting against Steve Mason for a fifth straight time.

Jeremy's team is 26 points out of the money, which is a couple Mover & Shaker weeks out, but if his team can keep pace with a win tonight, there are still plenty of weeks to make up that gap.  Currently, his week isn't off to a great start.

Tuukka Rask (Troy) versus John Gibson (Dale B.)
All signs are pointing to a battle of the number one goalies tonight on the pond, as it should be Tuukka Rask against John Gibson, although neither have been 100% confirmed at the time of the post being completed.  The Bruins are playing the first half of back-to-back nights, leaning towards Rask, while John Gibson has been pretty busy of late, but he did come in relief of Jonathan Bernier in his last start, so it's hard to say.

Dale could really use the start from Gibson, as the Ducks don their third jerseys tonight.  Dale is hanging on to 1st place and the test is quite mighty in the Bruins, but certainly not impossible.
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