Let the games of Week Two begin!
We're still unofficial on who qualified and who didn't qualify for Week Two, just because you just never know what could be missed on a night where a beer or two may have been had. I think for the most part, we have the better part of everyone on the list, so we should be good and I'll go ahead with the post and do my corrections tomorrow, once the stats are made official.
It's a holiday Monday in both the States and in Canada, so we have early games, hence the need to post this right away, instead of the usual 4pm post during the week. Let's have a quick peek to see who is staying alive and who isn't.
Semyon Varlamov (Stacey C.) versus Tuukka Rask (Clayton)
The Colorado Avalanche continue their eastern seaboard swing with a stop in Boston on Monday afternoon, one of the two early starts of the day. Both Stacey C. and Clayton survived last week and they'll each get an early look to survive this week as well, with Varlamov the expected starter for the Avalanche and Rask getting set for only his second game of the season today.
Jake Allen (Cam) versus Thomas Greiss (Dale B.)
Cam will look to stay alive in the survivor pool, as his keeper, Jake Allen, gets the start against the Islanders and Dale B.'s already eliminated Thomas Greiss. The early win on Monday is a definite stress reliever, especially if it's a slow week, but this one will be a busy one, so it could work in the survivor pool's favour.
Cory Schneider (Jeremy) versus Robin Lehner (Kristy & Don)
It's the current Mover & Shaker against an eliminated opponent in the survivor pool, as Jeremy did get a win from Schneider in Week One, while Kristy & Don were not so fortunate in two starts from Robin Lehner and the Sabres, not to mention an abbreviated start from Ben Bishop in Dallas. Jeremy is looking to capitalize on most of the gains available with his huge start, so it will be everyone else's job to play spoiler.
Anton Forsberg (N/A) versus Frederik Andersen (Mike)
The two highest scoring teams of Week One go head-to-head in Toronto in the first evening game on Monday, as the Blackhawks and Leafs go head-to-head. Chicago will be running with their backup tonight, while Mike gets an early start from Frederik Andersen, trying for some extra security in this mini-game.
Philipp Grubauer (Grant) versus Andrei Vasilevskiy (Wilton)
Grant continues to run the gamut with the Capitals and he sees his backup take to the net tonight against the Lightning. Wilton survived Week One and his surviving goalie gives him the chance to survive to Week Three early on Monday and this has potential for being the game of the night, if Chicago and Toronto didn't have such good scoring records going into today.
Connor Hellebuyck (Neil) versus Cam Talbot (Wes)
It's too bad for Neil, that Winnipeg didn't give Hellebuyck a spin in the first couple games, where Steve Mason didn't quite get the job done (to say the least). Neil's team was eliminated in Week One without getting much of a chance. Wes, on the other hand, did get his necessary with from Talbot in Week One, so he'll look to stay alive tonight with a win in Edmonton.
Mike Smith (Ryan) versus John Gibson (Tony)
It was way too early on Monday morning, at the time of posting this, to have confirmations in the late game, but it is pretty safe to assume we'll see a battle of qualified goalies tonight in Anaheim, as it should be Mike Smith going for the Flames against John Gibson of the Ducks. Ryan and Tony got their wins pretty early in Week One and early wins are on the docket for either one of these two, in theory.