Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Goalie Announcements (Nov 22)
Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving in the US and everyone is going out to party, since it's a 4-day weekend, and the NHL is out to party in 15 US cities with a full slate of games to be played, ample chances for survival.
Only two of eight teams have qualified so far this week, Jeremy and Cam, leaving the other six teams to battle it out through the rest of the week... and there is plenty of week left for them all to get the job done.
Cam Talbot (Wes) versus Jimmy Howard (Dale C.)
A survival start sniped in Detroit, as Mike won't be getting a start from the Red Wings tonight, as it will be Jimmy Howard in the net, instead of Petr Mrazek. Mike would have been licking his chops, as the Oilers have been struggling of late and it would have been a prime game to have on your side.
Devan Dubnyk (Brenda & Seward) versus Chad Johnson (Wilton)
It's going to be the 10th appearance for Chad Johnson tonight, when he takes to the crease for the Sabres, giving Wilton the first of two starts tonight. This start, however, is the more difficult of the two, as the Sabres, who have seen their fair share of struggles, gets a pretty good opponent in Devan Dubnyk and the Wild.
Frederik Andersen (Mike) versus Roberto Luongo (Stuart)
The Maple Leafs are passing through Florida during this Thanksgiving week and their stop in Sunrise will see Frederik Andersen give Mike his only start of the night. The Panthers haven't exactly been pushovers since Roberto Luongo retook the reins in the crease for them, so this should make for a pretty good game.
Brian Elliott (Stacey C.) versus Thomas Greiss (Dale B.)
Stacey does get one start tonight, as the Flyers will go back to Brian Elliott tonight in Brooklyn, when he takes on Thomas Greiss and the Islanders. Elliott had to make an appearance last night against the Canucks, as Michal Neuvirth was yanked in the loss, which means it could be a tough slog tonight, working on back-to-back nights.
Anders Nilsson (N/A) versus Matt Murray (Stacey M.)
Stacey M. only gets one kick at the can tonight, as the Penguins will get the Canucks on the second half their Pennsylvania back-to-back nights. Matt Murray should be in the crease for the Penguins and he'll get the top candidate for a goalie for next week's Waiver Draft in Anders Nilsson. The Canucks have been good on the road this season, so they'll be tough on the Penguins.
Craig Anderson (Tony) versus Braden Holtby (Grant)
An all-survival match-up between the two nation's capital cities tonight, as the Sens are in Washington and Tony and Grant will see their goalies go head-to-head. Craig Anderson against Braden Holtby, in a match-up of two teams separated by 1 point in the NHL standings and 2 points in the hockey pool standings. This game has all kinds of intrigue in it.
Corey Crawford (Jeremy) versus Andrei Vasilevskiy (Wilton)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are a strong side and Wilton is staying alive, thanks to Andrei Vasilevskiy and company these days. Vasilevskiy will get the nod again tonight, as the Bolts welcome the Blackhawks to town. The Blackhawks are anchored by Jeremy's already-qualified goalie, Corey Crawford, and this should be a pretty good test for each side tonight.
Mike McKenna (N/A) versus Jonathan Bernier (Scott B.)
Another sniped survival start, as Semyon Varlamov isn't healthy enough to even man the bench tonight for the Avalanche, as he is under the weather. Jonathan Bernier will get a rare start for the Avalanche and Andrew Hammond has been called up to be his number two. Stacey C. is already getting a start in the Philly game, so it isn't all bad for him tonight.
Maxime Lagace (N/A) versus John Gibson (Tony)
Finally, Tony gets a second shot at a win, if it doesn't go so well in Washington tonight. He'll get the home goalie in Anaheim tonight, John Gibson, as they play the surprising Golden Knights. Maxime Lagace gets yet another start, the franchise leader in starts and wins now, and a kid that might get a little bit of consideration next week in the Waiver Draft, but he could be a big landmine, if you're not careful.