Things are not going quite as smoothly in the goalie survivor pool this week, thanks in large part to the short week and the somewhat limited schedule. Only two goalies had the chance of registering wins to move their pool team through to Week Four, but only Cam's goalie, Jake Allen, won last night, while Dale C.'s goalie, Jimmy Howard, couldn't make it out of the 1st period against the Leafs.
Nine games on the docket tonight and it looks like we're going to have some action out there, respective to the goalie survivor pool.
Jaroslav Halak (Benson) versus Henrik Lundqvist (Brian)
It's a survival game under the bright lights and on the big stage in New York, as the rivalry continues between the Islanders and Rangers. The Isles will go with Benson's goalie, while Brian prays that a game against the rivals will keep his goalie pairing alive for another week.
Cory Schneider (Jeremy) versus Craig Anderson (Tony)
In Ottawa, it's a damn fine match-up between two (currently) playoff bound teams in New Jersey and Ottawa and this is Tony's only chance tonight to qualify for Week Four, as Anderson has been given the nod to go for the Sens. The Devils are currently tied for 4th in goals for in the league this season, meaning this will be a tough test for the Senators, who rank tied for 3rd in goals against.
Carter Hutton (Benson) versus Jonathan Bernier (Scott B.)
Two backup goalies in Denver going head-to-head and both of them are still active in the survivor pool... go figure! Benson gets a rare start from Hutton, just in case Halak can't go the distance and win the game on Broadway, he'll get this chance. Scott, on the other hand, gets an unexpected start from Bernier, as the Avalanche only have a couple games this week and it didn't seem likely that he'd start. It would be some kind of miracle, if Scott can make it through to Week Four on backup goalies alone.
Scott Darling (Clayton) versus Mike Smith (Ryan)
Ryan gets his only shot of the night from the Calgary Flames, with the traveling Carolina Hurricanes in town. Smith has been shining pretty bright for the Flames in the early part of this season but the Hurricanes are rolling along quite well at the moment and should provide a fairly stiff test for the new number one.