Saturday, March 31, 2018
Goalie Announcements (Mar 31)
Well, this post could be a bit rushed, one for the early starts and two, I'm out the door in a little bit for the afternoon, so bear with me.
Troy's team is still holding onto the Mover & Shaker spot and he's looking for his second all-time nod on the Newsletter for top spot in the weekly scoring... his last time came back in Week Seven of the 2015 season!
The lead is now 4 points between Troy and Benson, 32-28, so that will be my initial focus and we'll see how time progresses from there.
12 games on the schedule, so lots of opportunity, right?
Roberto Luongo (Stuart) versus Tuukka Rask (Clayton)
This would be Troy's only possible start today and it's about 70/30 that he doesn't get it. Roberto Luongo has not been confirmed and neither has Tuukka Rask, so this one could go just about any which way. If it is this goalie match-up, Stuart is at 20 points this week and Clayton is in the mix at 25 points this week. Troy would much rather pad his lead, I think, but we'll see.
Thomas Greiss (Dale B.) versus Keith Kinkaid (Stuart)
Benson has a couple shots at starts today, the first coming in New Jersey, where the Islanders are facing the Devils, but it sounds like Thomas Greiss will get his first start after being activated from the IR yesterday, which is good news for Dale B. and his side. Dale's team isn't really in the Mover & Shaker race, at 18 points this week, but defending a money spot is key. While Stuart does have one confirmed start this morning, as Keith Kinkaid will go again for the Devils and we know his M&S situation and we've all lost him in the money race.
Carter Hutton (Benson) versus Antti Raanta (Ryan)
Now, the Blues are working on back-to-back nights, which should mean that Carter Hutton does indeed go for the Blues, giving Benson one start today. The Blues are probably licking their chops, looking at the lesser Coyotes and thinking that this is 2 points, but the Coyotes have been dangerous of late and they shouldn't be overlooked. Ryan could really use 2 points from Antti Raanta, if he indeed goes, since he's holding down the Basement Dweller spot now.
Martin Jones (Chris) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Scott)
Chris' team is at 26 points and I am able to sneak his only possible start in here, as the Sharks are in Vegas to take on the Golden Knights. I would imagine that Martin Jones will get the nod here, as this is a big Pacific Division game, giving Chris a shot at 2 points (or more), while Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to go for Vegas, as they are on back-to-back nights.
That will indeed do it for this post... we'll be back at it tomorrow! We're winding this season down in a hurry!