After two of five nights in Week One, we now have 10 teams qualified for Week Two in the goalie survivor pool, as Clayton, Dale C., Grant, Jeremy, Tony and Chris all joined the ranks with a win or a pair of wins, in a couple of cases, spoiling the results for a couple of other teams. That's certainly what makes this very interesting.
On Friday night, there are only three games on the docket and fortunately, it will be six hockey pool teams getting starters that haven't posted a win yet, so we'll have three more teams joining the ranks for Week Two by the end of the night. That's better than half the teams and we could have a pretty big number making it through by the end of the weekend, especially given that there will be a number of back-to-backs this weekend.
With all of that being said, let's have a look at our three games tonight and go from there.
Thomas Greiss (Dale B.) versus Sergei Bobrovsky (Derek B.)
The Islanders will go with Thomas Greiss tonight and Jaroslav Halak tomorrow night, which gives Dale B. his second start of the hockey pool season and his second crack at qualification into Week Two. Derek B.'s first start of the survivor pool only lasted nine minutes last night, so he's hoping for better results out of his number one guy in Columbus.
Roberto Luongo (Stuart) versus Andrei Vasilevskiy (Wilton)
The Panthers and the Lightning will kick off their seasons tonight at Amalie Arena and it will be a battle of number ones there, as it should be on opening night. Stuart will get his second crack at a win tonight with Luongo in net for the Panthers, while on the home side of the ice, Wilton gets his first crack at a spot in Week Two with Vasilevskiy making his first opening night start of his career.
Marc-Andre Fleury (Scott) versus Ben Bishop (Kristy & Don)
When the puck drops tonight, the Vegas Golden Knights will have officially started an NHL regular season game and I'm sure it will be an even bigger deal when they do so in their home barn, but that will have to wait. Scott's team has gotten off to a bit of a rough start this week, but maybe a surprise win from Fleury can go and perk up his team for the weekend. The Knights will get a tough test from the offense of the Stars playing in front of a brand new number one in Bishop, giving Kristy & Don their second crack this week at a win. Big game, should be very entertaining!