Saturday, October 20, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Oct 20)

With two 11am MT starts this morning, it's a bit of a rush job to get the goalie starts out for before then, especially with a bit of a sleep-in this morning.  Let's have a peek and see how those weekly scoring races are doing.

Keith Kinkaid (Neil) versus Brian Elliott (Jeremy)
An early game in Philadelphia this afternoon sees the Devils take on the Flyers.  Neil gets his red hot goalie to go, as he chases down the Mover & Shaker and 1st place again today, only 3 points out of the M&S and 1 point back of 1st, so Keith Kinkaid will be looming large.  Jeremy is in 8th place to start the day, 8 points back of the M&S, so the comeback starts here with Brian Elliott.

Philipp Grubauer (Jesse) versus Curtis McElhinney (N/A)
The Colorado Avalanche are going right back to Philipp Grubauer for their next start, trying to ride a hot hand of their own. Good news for Jesse's side, as they are right in the thick of the Mover & Shaker race this week with 18 points, only 2 points back of the leaders.

Carter Hutton (Wes) versus Jonathan Quick (Derek B.)
Both goalies were unconfirmed, but likely starters for their teams today.  Wes should get Carter Hutton in the Sabres net, only 4 points clear of the Basement Dweller at the start of play today, while Derek gets Jonathan Quick for another start in Los Angeles.  His team is only 1 point better than Wes' at the start of play today.

Antti Raanta (Brian) versus Laurent Brossoit (N/A)
The Jets will be wearing their blue alternates again today, but they won't be featuring a hockey pool goalie in this one, so Antti Raanta gets the post all to himself here.  Raanta will go for Brian's team today, hoping to keep him in the thick of the weekly race as well.  Brian's team opens up 4 points back of the leaders at 16 points today.

Jake Allen (Steve) versus Frederik Andersen (Derek B.)
The Blues and Maple Leafs will lock horns tonight in Toronto, Jake Allen going for the visitors and Frederik Andersen confirmed for the home side.  Steve's team is right in the middle of the money race, up in 5th place, while Derek gets a second start of the day, hoping his goaltenders can get his pool team out of that early season funk.

Carey Price (Stacey M.) versus Craig Anderson (Mike)
A classic Canadian showdown in Ottawa tonight with the Habs visiting the Sens.  Mike has one of four teams sitting atop the Mover & Shaker standings at 20 points at the start of play today and the first of two possible starts for him here with Craig Anderson going for the home side here.  Stacey M.'s team is right in the middle of the pack in the weekly scoring race at 15 points and she'll be counting on a big start from Carey Price.

Jimmy Howard (Tony) versus James Reimer (Dale C.)
It's hard to say whether or not the Florida Panthers will go back to James Reimer on back-to-back nights, but he did get the night off early, getting the hook in the 2nd period after the Panthers gave up a 4-1 lead to the Capitals last night.  If Reimer does go, Dale C. will be most grateful, as his team wants to climb out of 22nd place really badly.  Tony should have a start out of Jimmy Howard again tonight, his team is only 3 points clear of the Basement Dweller at the start of play and really needs this win.

Corey Crawford (Benson) versus Sergei Bobrovsky (Kristy & Don)
Kristy & Don have been gaining ground on Benson in the standings this week, picking up an extra 2 points on him in the weekly scoring race, both teams in the middle of the pack when it comes to that race.  Both teams will have a goalie going in Columbus tonight, as Corey Crawford makes his second start of the season for Benson, while Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod for the Blue Jackets.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Dale C.) versus Alex Stalock (N/A)
Only the Lightning goalie has any value in the hockey pool tonight, as Dale C. gets his second start of the day/evening with Andrei Vasilevskiy going for the away side.  Dale's team doesn't exactly get a freebie here, but I'm sure he's expecting to see 2 points come from the favoured Tampa team tonight.

Tuukka Rask (Jesse) versus Anders Nilsson (N/A)
Jesse's team is projected, but unconfirmed, to get a second start tonight out of the traveling Boston Bruins, as they head into Vancouver for a big game on their west coast swing.  Tuukka Rask is expected to get the nod for the Bruins, while it would just make sense for the Canucks to keep Anders Nilsson in net, as he has been playing so well in the last four games.

John Gibson (Kristy & Don) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Troy)
Troy's team is another one of the four that have 20 points already under their belts this week and he is projected to get a start out of Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights, as they take on John Gibson and the Ducks in a big Pacific Division battle.  The duo are only 4 points back of Troy's team in the weekly scoring race and this, potentially, could be their second start of the night.  Neither goalie was confirmed at the time of the post.

Juuse Saros (Eric) versus Cam Talbot (Mike)
We haven't seen Eric's team yet on this post, but here he likely is with the Predators playing back-to-back games in Alberta with a stop in Edmonton tonight.  Juuse Saros is expected to get the call for the Predators, giving Eric's side a chance to make up the 4-point gap to the top for the Mover & Shaker nod.  Mike gets his second projected start here, trying to move up out of the tie for top spot in the weekly scoring standings with Cam Talbot and the Oilers.

Robin Lehner (Chelsea) versus Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward)
Finally, in the late, late game, the San Jose Sharks and the New York Islanders will tangle in the tank.  Two projected starts, the first and likely only for each pool team of Chelsea's and Brenda & Seward's.  Robin Lehner is expected to get the nod for the Islanders, trying to help Chelsea's team out of a funk this week at only 9 points, 2 points clear of the Basement Dweller.  Martin Jones and the Sharks will try to help the pool's second duo climb out of the overall basement, as they start play 1 point out of 24th.

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