Thursday, November 15, 2018
Goalie Announcements (Nov 15)
Busy night on this Thursday and I've had just enough time to go over each game with a very broad-toothed comb to give you the low down of the starters. There are certainly some interesting games in the bunch, with nine games on the schedule.
There is also a few games where those snazzy new alternate jerseys are expected to hit the ice again and you'll notice which games those are with the even snappier looking logos down below. I'm sure that really matters to the lot of you! Ha!
Henrik Lundqvist (Scott) versus Thomas Greiss (Stuart)
It's a crosstown rivalry game in New York, the Rangers are in to take on the Islanders in Brooklyn and both teams are throwing out the big keepers. Scott is looking to his goalie to help close the massive gap between his team and Stuart's team, which took over 1st place again this week. The gap between the two teams now sits at 58 points, between 1st and 25th. That's a big gap to close, but there are two Waiver Drafts still to do.
Keith Kinkaid (Neil) versus Brian Elliott (Jeremy)
I think you can consider both Neil and Jeremy in the Mover & Shaker race, as the top spot, occupied by a couple of teams, have 13 points and both teams having starters in the New Jersey/Philadelphia game each have 9 points, so a shutout from one of these keepers could get them into good shape for the big weekly race.
Louis Domingue (N/A) versus Matt Murray (Wilton)
One of the teams that have a share of the Mover & Shaker lead going into tonight's action belongs to Wilton and he has the only pool goalie going in Pittsburgh tonight. Matt Murray will get to wear the Penguins' new alternate jersey tonight and he'll get a Lightning team that is reeling a bit, losing their number one goalie to a broken foot. This bodes well for Wilton and the Mover & Shaker race.
Roberto Luongo (John P.) versus Joonas Korpisalo (Clayton)
Two more teams in the hunt for the Mover & Shaker race this week in John and Clayton, getting starts in Columbus tonight, when the Panthers take on the Blue Jackets. John's team sits at 11 points and Clayton's team is at 9 points, both within a good goalie result from joining the leaders. The Jackets might be on the sluggish side, if the flu bug is running wild through their room, so this could be a big advantage to the Panthers.
Jimmy Howard (Tony) versus Craig Anderson (Mike)
In the weekly scoring race, this is another one of those big games, as Mike currently holds one of the spots and has the home team goalie, while Tony is 2 points back and has the away team goalie, when the Red Wings go to visit the Senators tonight. It's certainly one of those swing games in the weekly standings and those are the best kind of games!
Richard Bachman (N/A) versus Devan Dubnyk (Wes)
Wes has one of the three teams that have already qualified for the goalie survivor pool in Week Eight, so he's just worried about points tonight when Devan Dubnyk takes on the Canucks in Minnesota. Wes' team hasn't had the best of starts this week, only 6 points at the start of play tonight, but his team still sits 9th, 10 points back of 3rd place.
Carey Price (Stacey M.) versus Mike Smith (Brian)
Both the Canadiens and the Flames are looking to bounce back from losses the other night when they face off against each other at the Saddledome. This is a big game in the overall standings, as Brian's team only trails Stacey's team by 4 points and Stacey has a team in the money, up in 3rd place. Stacey could also use the win to qualify for Week Eight in the survivor pool, so there's lots at stake in Calgary tonight.
Pekka Rinne (John P.) versus Darcy Kuemper (Stuart)
A couple of teams looking at their second starts of the night in Arizona, as John is assuming he'll get the start from Rinne and the Predators, since it hasn't been completely confirmed yet, but Stuart knows he's getting the start out of Kuemper and the Coyotes. John's team is 12 points behind Stuart's side and could really use a couple points from a road win tonight to try and catch-up a little bit.
Frederik Andersen (Derek B.) versus Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward)
Finally, the Toronto Maple Leafs are diving into the tank in San Jose to take on the Sharks and it's a couple of pool basement teams seeing their goalies in net tonight. Derek's team sits 23rd and the duo has their team in 24th, separated by 4 points, which is the exact same total that Derek has this week. Neither of these pool teams have seen much luck this year, so either/or team will be sure glad to see those points, however they fall.