Sunday, October 29, 2017
Goalie Announcements (Oct 29)
Jeremy was fortunate to see Cory Schneider get activated from the Injured Reserve last night, as the Devils beat the Coyotes, bringing him back into the ranks of the safe teams for another week, while Grant saw the Capitals beat the Oilers in Edmonton last night, Braden Holtby standing tall in that one, moving Grant on to next week as well.
Unfortunately for Brian, he didn't get to see any action out of his last projected start, as Ondrej Pavelec took the reins for the Rangers and still lost in Montreal last night, which effectively eliminates him from the survivor pool.
Only three games to be played tonight and there's no survivor pool implications left, so we'll do a quick sweep of the games and get ready for next week's reset.
Ryan Miller (Cam) versus Scott Darling (Clayton)
The Ducks are in Carolina this afternoon for a matinee game and it will be Ryan Miller's first start of the year, as he has finally been activated from the Injured Reserve. Miller suffered a lower-body injury at the end of the preseason and he has missed all but the last couple of nights with the injury, set to make his first appearance today. He'll get Scott Darling and the Hurricanes today, a pretty good test, I'm sure.
Matt Murray (Stacey M.) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Neil)
Both Stacey M. and Neil are sitting at 21 points this week and both are looking for a decent finish to the week and that starts with their goaltending tonight. With the Penguins not playing last night, they will continue to run with their number one Matt Murray, while the Jets have already confirmed that it will be Connor Hellebuyck getting the nod for this one.
Phillip Grubauer (Grant) versus Mike Smith (Ryan)
Finally, this could have been the only survival game of the night, if the Capitals didn't win last night and it could have been a tough slog for Grant, with Grubauer getting a Flames team at home tonight. Mike Smith is the expected starter again, since they didn't play last night either and he will be leaned upon heavily this season, by the look of things. Both Grant and Ryan have had tough Week Fours, so a win could certainly ease the pain of it all, even just a little bit.