Saturday, November 25, 2017
Goalie Announcements (Nov 25)
Yesterday, we had six survivor goalie starts, granted two of them were in one game, but still, six survivor starts, where we could have had five survival wins, but instead, we only had the one from the all-survival game. Frederik Andersen won for the Maple Leafs, beating Carolina, and that was it. Mike is now through, leaving the two Staceys and Tony to scrap it out for one more win in two more days worth of action.
With all the back-to-backs that we've seen this week and starters already having played, this could be very difficult, if not impossible, for these teams to still make it, but we'll have to investigate more to find out for sure.
Jaroslav Halak (Benson) versus Craig Anderson (Tony)
Back-to-back nights, be damned... the Ottawa Senators are not afraid of running with Craig Anderson on zero nights rest, it seems. This is fantastic news for Tony, who may have thought that his chances at a survival win were pretty well through, given the way that the schedule has rolled out. Jaroslav Halak should go today for the Islanders, as he didn't end up going yesterday, that is most certain.
Peter Budaj (Steve) versus Tristan Jarry (N/A)
It's a lot of the same in Pittsburgh tonight, as both the Lightning and Penguins are on back-to-backs, no real advantage to either team, in terms of rest, so it seems very plausible that both starters are going to be the team's backup options tonight. Peter Budaj giving Steve a rare start, while Tristan Jarry, the new number two in Pittsburgh, continues to audition for a role on your hockey pool team. This was Stacey M.'s only possible start today, but it looks to be going to the wayside with these starters.
David Rittich (N/A) versus Jonathan Bernier (Scott B.)
The Avalanche have been waiting for Semyon Varlamov to come out from underneath a flu bug all week and it's not going to be today, as per the announcement from the club around Noon MT on Saturday. Instead, Jonathan Bernier will get the go again, giving Scott another start tonight and keeping Stacey C. out of a start. At the other end of the ice, it is expected that Czech rookie David Rittich is ready to make his NHL debut with a start in Denver and he's another goalie looking to make an impression before the Waiver Draft. A good showing could earn him a spot somewhere, but it is a risky move, to say the least.
Ryan Miller (Cam) versus Jonathan Quick (Chris)
The Ducks will spoil Tony's last chance at a win, but it isn't their fault, as they are on back-to-backs as well tonight. Ryan Miller is back from injury again and should get the nod against the Kings, who opted to go with their backup last night, so Jonathan Quick gets a spin in the net tonight in a big Pacific Division clash. Cam and Chris will see their goalies go tonight and this will be a good swing game, as they are only separated by 1 point in the standings, heading into tonight's action.