Saturday, March 25, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Mar 25)

The third-to-last Saturday of the regular season is indeed a busy one, with 12 games on the schedule and that should mean that there is plenty of play for the money tonight.

At the start of play on Saturday, Brian holds both the Mover & Shaker lead, plus a 7-point lead in the standings over Dale B. for 1st place.  Brenda & Seward currently hold the last money spot, 17 points back of Dale, but 1 point up on Marcie, 2 points up on Eric and 4 points up on Ryan.

These are your money racers, people... and here are the games that they will have someone feature.  There are some early starts today, so by the time that this post is done up, there are going to be some starters unconfirmed by this time.

Frederik Andersen (Brian) versus Robin Lehner (N/A)
Although unconfirmed, it does seem very likely that Brian will have Andersen in net for the Leafs tonight, as they try and move closer to locking down a playoff spot for the Spring.  Getting the Sabres tonight is a nice treat, as they have been poor in their last 10, 3-6-1, and have nothing left to play for, except spoiler.

Cam Ward (Brian) versus Cory Schneider (Stuart)
This is a start that is really up in the air, but Brian could very well have a pair of starts to defend his lead, as the Hurricanes are in New Jersey to take on the Devils.  The Hurricanes have won their last couple of outings and have played well lately, while the Devils continue to hang Schneider out to dry.  If Brian does get a start here, that's a definite positive for his team.

Anton Khudobin (N/A) versus Thomas Greiss (Dale B.)
Huge playoff implications in this one, as the Bruins and Islanders are neck-and-neck in the wild card standings, with the Islanders holding onto the last spot by the tie-breakers.  Greiss is expected, although not confirmed, to get the start, after getting the night off in Pittsburgh.  It wouldn't be surprising if the Islanders push Halak, who was great in the shootout win last night.

Steve Mason (Brenda & Seward) versus Sergei Bobrovsky (Mike)
The pool's money duo has one start, possibly, on the day, with the Flyers narrowly holding onto very little hope for a playoff spot these days.  It is expected that Steve Mason gets the start over the Blue Jackets, who are not short of a good fight either.  The Jackets need a big win to stay in the Metropolitan Division race, which would give them a wild card team in the first round, a big prize, indeed.

Mike Smith (Marcie) versus Braden Holtby (Jeremy)
It has appeared that the Coyotes are prepared to play out the rest of the schedule with Mike Smith in their crease, except for those back-to-back outings, so that's a good sign for Marcie's team.  The bad sign, however, is that they are in Washington this evening and they get the league's best team as their opponent.  This would be a huge 2 points, if Marcie could collect.

Calvin Pickard (Derek B.) versus Cam Talbot (Marcie)
There is a suggestion that the Oilers may not play Talbot tonight, given that this is only the lowly Avalanche coming to town in one of the late games tonight.  The Avalanche have lost their last four and are 3-7-0 in their last 10, so this would be a prime opportunity to give their number one the night off, but that would be taking their foot off the pedal and it isn't the wisest of ideas most times.

Corey Crawford (Marcin) versus James Reimer (Eric)
The last of the possible money games, albeit unconfirmed, should see James Reimer in the Florida net again, as they are starting to coast towards the end of the regular season, 7 points out of a wild card spot and five teams in between them and a spot.  If a miracle run was to start, the right sign would be a win against Chicago, which is much easier said than done.

Antti Raanta (Stacey M.) versus Jonathan Quick (Kristy & Don)
And we get a bonus game, due to the Kings wearing their anniversary jerseys tonight, as our goalie survivor champion, Stacey M., looks for a win from her money goalie Raanta in Los Angeles, while Kristy & Don try and work their way back into the top 20 with a win from Quick.
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