Swanny Watch: Week Twenty-Three... Sunday! John S. did not see his goalie, Devan Dubnyk, seal the deal on Saturday against the Rangers and we've now come down to Sunday and as much as there are still two possible starts left... that's all they are. Possible.
Darcy Kuemper (N/A) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Tony)
The first possibility is the Wild playing on back-to-back days and on Sunday, it is the Jets that get the task. But with Dubnyk playing on Broadway yesterday, Kuemper will be the guy that gets the nod to start the game against Tony's keeper, Hellebuyck.
Jonathan Quick (Kristy & Don) versus Brian Elliott (Derek B.)
The last possibility is that of the Kings and Flames game tonight and even though the starters are unconfirmed, as of this morning, it does seem fairly reasonable to think that it will be the number ones tonight with the playoff races still exceptionally thick. The Kings are 6 points back of a spot, in dire need of a win, while the Flames are holding the first wild card spot with a decent buffer.
John doesn't appear to be getting starts, but there are still some miracles that could happen. Stacey could probably cheer for a Jets & Kings win, regardless, just to be safe.
Now, let's see if there are any good money games.
Cam Ward (Brian) versus Steve Mason (Brenda & Seward)
Who would have thought that a Carolina/Philadelphia game would be a headliner of sorts, eh? With the Hurricanes going with Eddie Lack yesterday and the Flyers running with Steve Mason again, everything adds up to a 1st versus 6th game on Sunday evening. Both teams are 7 points out of the playoffs, so this game could see a little urgency to it.
Brian's advantage to start is 4 points on Dale B., while the duo start the day 5 points back of 3rd place.
James Reimer (Eric) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Cam)
The Florida Panthers are running James Reimer ragged, while the Pittsburgh Penguins are just cruising to the playoffs with two number one goalies.
Eric's team lost some ground on Saturday, dropping down to 5th place, but still sits 3 points out of 3rd place. Not an easy test for the Panthers today, but a crucial one, if they have any hopes of making the playoffs as well.