Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Oct 31)

Well, I've got some good news and some ghoulish news.

The good news is that four teams that were up for survival last night, saw their wins come to fruition and their qualification for Week Six has been given.  Benson, Wilton, Cam and Chris were all winners on Monday night and they are free to roam free, earning points towards the big prize at the end of the year.

The ghoulish news is the state of the goaltending for tonigh'ts game.  The Vegas Golden Knights are now onto their fourth starting goalie this season and the Arizona Coyotes have one pool goalie on the IR and the other in the doghouse.

Only three games on the schedule for Halloween night and none of them have any survivor pool implications with the starting goalies, so we'll go over them quickly, just for shits and giggles.

Maxime Lagace (N/A) versus Henrik Lundqvist (Brian)
The Rangers will get to face the fourth Golden Knights starting goalie this season, which isn't necessarily a slam dunk, given their track record with the other three goalies.  Henrik Lundqvist will be tested against a hard working Golden Knights team, making him earn those 2 points for Brian's team tonight.

Scott Wedgewood (N/A) versus Jimmy Howard (Dale C.)
This was the only game of the three that had any potential of being a survival game tonight, but the Red Wings have opted for Jimmy Howard on Dale C.'s eliminated team, instead of Petr Mrazek, who sits on Mike's team, which still needs its win this week.  The Coyotes are running with Scott Wedgewood on back-to-back nights, his first two starts for the Coyotes since being acquired from the Devils this weekend.  He earned the team's first win of the season last night, so off he goes again.

Connor Hellebuyck (Neil) versus Alex Stalock (N/A)
In the third game, the trend continued with only one pool starter going in this one as well.  Connor Hellebuyck continues as the Jets number one goalie, getting the start in Minnesota, who are giving backup Alex Stalock a rare run.  Neil is the only one capitalizing on goalie minutes in this game, as his team is climbing up the standings early on this week, jumping from 17th to 13th after a solid Monday night.

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