Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Goalie Announcements (Apr 18)
Four more games to go on Wednesday night, including one more elimination game, which should make tonight's schedule pretty interesting. I haven't seen any surprises yet amongst our projected starting goalies, so I don't suspect I'll be blowing anyone's minds with this post.
Matt Murray versus Brian Elliott
Game 4 between the Penguins and the Flyers should have the same goalie match-up as the previous three games, despite each loss being fairly significant in this series. The Penguins have won the first two games and they'll look to win both games away, so they can try and win the series at home, while the Flyers are going to try and even up the series and make sure it goes at least six games. I'm looking for Matt Murray and Brian Elliott making the starts again tonight.
Andrei Vasilevskiy versus Cory Schneider
The Devils did have Cory Schneider back in the starter's net for the morning skate, which may have only come as a slight surprise after watching him labour through what appeared to be a groin issue of some sort in Game 3. Schneider played through it in the 3rd period and got himself the win, so back to the crease it is for him. The Lightning, of course, won't change the course, staying with Andrei Vasilevskiy tonight.
The Devils can even up the series with a win tonight, heading into this one down 2-1.
Pekka Rinne versus Jonathan Bernier
Expecting the status quo in Denver tonight, with the Avalanche winning Game 3 and the Predators likely not having any plans to deviate from their plan. The goaltending match-up in Game 4 should be exactly the same as it has been for the first three games of the series, Pekka Rinne against Jonathan Bernier.
John Gibson versus Martin Jones
The Pacific Division has historically been a collection of teams that are hard to play against, but by this year's standards, we have seen a couple of teams roll over quite easily. The Anaheim Ducks are on the verge of rolling over dead, like their California counterparts, the Los Angeles Kings, as they start the night behind the 8-ball against the San Jose Sharks, down 3-0 and ready to be swept away.
The Sharks have no business thinking that they're going to change up their netminder, since Martin Jones is already 3-0-0 in these playoffs, but the Ducks, unconfirmed at the time of writing this post, has a decision to make. Do they live and die by John Gibson, who hasn't seen the results yet, or do they opt for Ryan Miller, trying to change it up and spark the team? It's a tough call and I'm sure glad I don't have to make it.