Monday, October 30, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Oct 30)

And then there were ten!

Looking at the week ahead, it looks like Grant might have the toughest time surviving, as the Capitals only play twice this week and they haven't been very good in the last couple of weeks.  He won't be seeing any starts until Thursday, but at least it will be a home start against the Islanders.

Nevertheless, it will be a solid week, one which every team certainly has the chance to qualify for Week Six.  Other than Grant with two games, everyone else has the possibility of five or more starts, which should be more than enough chances to get the job done.

Oscar Dansk (N/A) versus Jaroslav Halak (Benson)
Benson's goaltending tandem has the lowest amount of minutes played among all the surviving teams, as it ranks 21st in the category.  He'll get a key start tonight in Brooklyn, with Jaroslav Halak getting the nod against the red-hot Golden Knights, who will continue with their third goalie this season, Oscar Dansk.  One would have though that this would have been a slam dunk game before the season started, but the Golden Knights are a force to be reckoned with, no matter which goalie is in net.

Al Montoya (N/A) versus Craig Anderson (Tony)
Tony, one of the favourites for the mini-game prize, gets his first start of the week in Ottawa as the Senators start Craig Anderson, with the struggling Canadiens in town.  The Canadiens are offering up their backup Al Montoya tonight, giving their number one, Carey Price, the night off.  Maybe the divisional match-up will light a fire under the Canadiens, who have really struggled this season, so you got to know that the Senators are licking their chops tonight.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Wilton) versus James Reimer (Troy)
Another Battle of Florida goes tonight in Sunrise and Wilton will get his first survival start of the week, when Andrei Vasilevskiy goes for the Bolts tonight.  The Panthers should be offering up some solid competition, especially at home, as James Reimer becomes accustomed to the number one role, with Roberto Luongo still on the shelf.

Jonathan Quick (Chris) versus Jake Allen (Cam)
It should be a survival match-up in St. Louis tonight, with Chris getting his first start tonight from the visiting Kings, while Cam gets his only start tonight from the hosts, the Blues.  Quick versus Allen, it makes for a pretty good match-up on paper, as these two teams are playing some pretty good hockey at the moment and the win could end up on either side of the ledger by the end of the night.

Frederik Andersen (Mike) versus Martin Jones (Chris)
If the Kings can't get the job done, Chris will still have another start going in San Jose, in what turns out to be another survival match-up in the tank.  The Maple Leafs will go with Mike's number one, Frederik Andersen, while the Sharks go back to Martin Jones for another key start.  The Sharks have only been a .500 team to start the season and if they're going to want a spot in the playoffs this year, they have to start going through some tough teams, like the Leafs.

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