Thursday, October 25, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Oct 25)

Busy day today... no introduction required!

Brian Elliott (Jeremy) versus Jaroslav Halak (Stacey M.)
9 points separates Jeremy and Stacey's teams in the hockey pool, Stacey's team having the lead between the two and they both have key Eastern Conference starts in Boston tonight, which should make for a pretty good match-up.  Stacey's team has their eye on the Mover & Shaker this week, only 3 points back of the leader at the start of play tonight.

Antti Niemi (N/A) versus Carter Hutton (Wes)
The first of the 10 games to get confirmed was the Canadiens and Sabres, where Wes will see his goaltender, Carter Hutton, be challenged by a non-hockey pool keeper in Antti Niemi tonight.  One might think that it would be an advantage to have the pool goalie in this situation, but those Habs haven't been nearly as bad as expected.

Juuse Saros (Eric) versus Keith Kinkaid (Neil)
Eric's team is getting the better of our pool leader, only by a point though, heading into this game here between their two goalies.  Neil's team is doing just fine this week, keeping the pace with the other teams at 8 points through the first few nights of the week, but Eric does have 9 points.  Still the gap between the two is 15 points, so I don't think Neil is too worried... yet.

Joonas Korpisalo (Clayton) versus Jake Allen (Steve)
Top 10 goalie battle in the pool in St. Louis tonight, as Steve's 5th place team gets a start from Jake Allen and the Blues, while 10th place Clayton sees a rare start from Joonas Korpisalo and the visiting Blue Jackets.  This has some potential to be a pretty good game and it has a chance to either tighten up the top five or just the top 10, depending on who wins.

Jack Campbell (N/A) versus Devan Dubnyk (Wes)
If Devan Dubnyk does get the start for the Wild, still unconfirmed at the time of posting this, Wes likely gets two starts against two non-pool goalies at the other end of the ice.  Wes still needs a win to qualify for next week in the survival pool, but more importantly, his team is in 19th and could use the 4 points, which could boost his team up a few spots, assuming the teams directly ahead of his get nothing.

Henrik Lundqvist (Scott) versus Corey Crawford (Benson)
Neither Scott or Benson are having particularly good starts to Week Four, mired close to the Basement Dweller through Wednesday night's action and heading into Thursday.  Their teams will clash in the goalie department, trying to one-up each other to stay away from the bottom of the weekly scoring.  Scott is at 5 points this week, while Benson is at 6 points, still reasonably clear of the current holder, who sits at 2 points.

John Gibson (Kristy & Don) versus Ben Bishop (Clayton)
Neither goalie here were confirmed in the late parts of the afternoon, but it has a top 10 feel to it as well.  Kristy & Don's team is only 2 points up on Clayton's team and Clayton might get a second start out of this game.  The duo are also mired in a bit of a slump this week, sitting at 5 points, not very far from the Basement Dweller, heading into tonight's action.

Matt Murray (Wilton) versus Mike Smith (Brian)
Brian's team has been flying up the standings with a Mover & Shaker-type week, so far, having the lead in that department at 14 points through Wednesday night.  His team gets another start tonight from Mike Smith and the Flames, who are welcoming the Matt Murray and the Penguins to the Dome tonight.  Wilton's team could use a kick in the rear end this week, only at 6 points, closer to the bottom of the week than the top.

Braden Holtby (Stacey C.) versus Cam Talbot (Mike)
Mike's team hasn't had the schedule work in his favour this week or maybe it's just a cold spell, as his team currently holds the Basement Dweller nod at the moment and life doesn't get any easier, as his goalie, Cam Talbot, gets to host Braden Holtby and the Capitals tonight.  Stacey C.'s team, on the other hand, has been playing well this week, up at 13 points, chasing down Brian's team for the Mover & Shaker and they get a sweet start here in Edmonton.

Anders Nilsson (N/A) versus Darcy Kuemper (Stuart)
Finally, it looks like Stuart gets an uncontested pool start tonight in Arizona, as his Coyotes keeper Darcy Kuemper gets his second-straight start this week, thanks to a bit of a flu bug, by the sound of things in the room.  The Canucks are on back-to-back nights, so there's a good chance that Anders Nilsson gets the net back again, just by default.

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