Saturday, December 02, 2017
Goalie Announcements (Dec 2)
An early start to Saturday's schedule has a bit of a rush feel to the goalie announcements post, but here we go!
Lots of games on the schedule today and tonight, but with only two teams still in need of wins for the goalie survival pool, we'll only have to focus on three of these games in this post.
Both Cam and Grant are still in need of wins, since neither of them have had much help of late, especially last night, when there were no games for them to watch. Today and tonight will be a bit of a different story, but it will also be their last kick at the can for this week as well.
Jake Allen (Cam) versus Devan Dubnyk (Brenda & Seward)
It isn't the earliest of starts for this one, but it is somewhat considered an afternoon game, but the 4pm MT game between the Blues and the Wild should be a survival game, with Cam getting his number one goalie out on the ice. Jake Allen gets the call for the Blues when they take on Devan Dubnyk and the Wild, the Blues dropping a 4-1 decision at home last night will be aching for redemption in the standings, while the Wild will provide solid opposition.
Sergei Bobrovsky (Derek B.) versus Braden Holtby (Grant)
Grant's last chance will come from the Capitals playing host to the Blue Jackets, in a game that will feature both number ones. Braden Holtby gets the nod for Grant and the 12th ranked goalie in the hockey pool will take on the 3rd ranked goalie in the pool, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will be aiming to get Derek back into the money conversation before the week's end.
Ryan Miller (Cam) versus Pekka Rinne (Dale B.)
With the Ducks playing in Columbus last night, they will turn to their backup goalie for the start tonight in Nashville, giving Cam a second chance, if needed, for that valuable win. Ryan Miller should be getting the start, although it wasn't absolutely confirmed at the time of the post, but it was very fair to assume. The Predators didn't play on Friday night, so they will roll out the carpet for the Ducks with their number one, Pekka Rinne, making this game very difficult for that win.
It's not impossible for either of these two pool teams to sneak out a win, but it's now or never for them!