Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Feb 7)

Monday night was pretty short on the schedule, three early games, none of which figured into the goalie survivor pool, so no post was needed.

Tuesday, however, is a much different story.  11 games are on the NHL schedule tonight and four of those games will feature teams that have a goalie in the survivor pool, but there is no guarantee that those goalies are starting, but we'll still have a quick peek at them.

It's just John S. and Stacey M. left in the mini-game, so let's see how the games shape up for them tonight.

Stacey will have the first of her goalies sitting on the bench as a back-up tonight, as Antti Raanta will make way for Henrik Lundqvist again tonight, with the Anaheim Ducks in town.  John Gibson is expected to get the nod for the visitors, making this into a Grant versus Dale B. match-up in the goaltending department, respectively.

One of the first confirmations, coming on Monday, said that Chad Johnson, one of John's goalies, would be getting the start for the Calgary Flames, as they invade Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins.  Johnson gets a real tough task, in this win and you stay in system that the Flames are currently employing in their crease, but a win would be huge for both team and pool.  Johnson's opposition tonight, Matt Murray, offering another start to Scott's rookie-heavy team.

Jeremy will get his first start out of Ondrej Pavelec tonight, when the Jets take on the Wild and it will be his job, assuming that the Penguins beat the Flames, to keep John from getting his win tonight, as Devan Dubnyk will be in net for the Wild at the visiting end of the MTS Centre.  This Central Division match-up should be a good one, as the Jets will try and scratch and claw closer to the wild card, while taking on the division leaders.

It is very likely that Stacey will get at least one start tonight, although unconfirmed, since the Predators are not on the back half of back-to-back nights, Pekka Rinne should be in net for the game against the Canucks.  At the other end, Clatyon gets a start from Jacob Markstrom, as their road trip continues through Music City.

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