Saturday, November 24, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Nov 24)

One afternoon game has this post getting done fairly early on Saturday morning, but with the busy schedule yesterday, most of these 11 games should be fairly easy to predict, if they haven't been confirmed yet.

Troy is off to the races in the Mover & Shaker race this week, 6 points clear of Grant for top spot in the weekly scoring and also in top spot in the overall standings as well.

Brenda & Seward haven't caught many breaks this season and their team now sits alone at the bottom of the weekly scoring with 11 points, but there are six teams within 2 points, so a win could really help their side.

Stacey M. and Mike are still in need of wins for the survival game, not getting much help last night, but today is a new day.

Pheonix Copley (N/A) versus Alexandar Georgiev (N/A)
It's expected to be the battle of the backups this afternoon at MSG, between the Capitals and Rangers.  Georgiev is the 7th ranked goalie available in the Waiver Draft and Copley is ranked 11th and a win could really help their stock ahead of the swap next week.

Laurent Brossoit (N/A) versus Chad Johnson (N/A)
The Jets and the Blues will also likely feature the backups, as their number ones played last night.  Both goalies are also available for your selection next week, both keepers with 6 points this season, heading into this game, a couple of spots below the goalies playing in the game above.

Alex Lyon (N/A) versus Garret Sparks (Grant)
Finally!  A hockey pool goalie on the blog!  Grant will try and shrink the gap between his team and Troy's with a win (or better) when the Leafs take on the Flyers.  Sparks has 6 points this season, to date, and he'll be taking on call-up Alex Lyon, who is making his second appearance for the Flyers this season.

Tuukka Rask (Jesse) versus Carey Price (Stacey M.)
An old time rivalry game in Montreal, when the Bruins are in to visit the Canadiens to renew some bad blood.  The Bruins will go with Rask, trying to aid Jesse's chase for the Mover & Shaker, starting 8 points back, while the Habs saved Price for tonight, giving Stacey a survival start and a start to try and stay out of the pool basement as well this week.

Linus Ullmark (Steve) versus Jimmy Howard (Tony)
I got one of these two teams right yesterday, but Jimmy Howard pops up once again, this time more likely getting the start for the Red Wings, since he didn't start yesterday.  Tony's team has done fairly well this week, picking up 19 points and another start here, while on the other side, Steve gets a seventh appearance from Linus Ullmark and the Sabres, looking to improve upon his 21 points this week.

Cam Ward (Scott) versus James Reimer (Dale C.)
Two teams that played last night go again on Saturday, likely with the goalies that didn't start last night.  For the Panthers, they can't start their starter from last night, since he's hurt, so it looks like it will be James Reimer's crease for the time being.  Dale's team won't mind, as it starts to find its pace with 23 points this week, while Scott gets a start from Cam Ward and he could really use the Blackhawks to find their form with their number two goalie.  Scott's team opens play only 2 points back of 24th and has tie-breakers in his back pocket to help move up.

Scott Darling (Ryan) versus Robin Lehner (Chelsea)
Two goalies that have struggled to capture the number one mantle for their respective teams get another try to put a good foot forward tonight, with Darling taking on Lehner in Brooklyn.  Ryan's team has been great this week, 3rd in this week's scoring with 28 points, while Chelsea's team has struggled this week at only 13 points.  A win for either side would mean different things at the end of the day.

Joonas Korpisalo (Clayton) versus Casey DeSmith (N/A)
The rivalry between Columbus and Pittsburgh has turned into quite the spectacle in recent years and they'll go again tonight.  The Penguins goaltending situation is available for selection next week in the Waiver Draft, while Joonas Korpisalo will try to aid Clayton's team in staying out of the Basement Dweller spot, where his team is only 1 point clear at the start of play today.

Anton Khudobin (N/A) versus Philipp Grubauer (Jesse)
The Stars injury situation in net may force them to play Anton Khudobin again on Saturday, on back-to-back nights, while Philipp Grubauer didn't get the start last night, as I had suggested he might, so he'll likely go tonight, since the Avalanche have plenty of faith in their number two.  Jesse gets a second start tonight, great for his team in the Mover & Shaker race with two nights to go.

Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Troy)
The Sharks opted to go with saving Martin Jones for tonight's game in Vegas, so the pool's second duo should finally get their start this weekend with this game, as they try to hold off Scott in the overall standings.  The Golden Knights will ride their faith in Marc-Andre Fleury tonight, as he was confirmed this morning to go on back-to-back nights, coming off a 2-0 shutout over Calgary Friday afternoon.  Troy gets another start here, good news for his Mover & Shaker team this week.

Jacob Markstrom (Chelsea) versus Peter Budaj (N/A)
Both the Canucks and the Sharks were swings and misses yesterday, both teams opted for their number twos, but that should mean that Chelsea gets two starts today for her 22nd place side, patiently waiting to make that first swap in the Waiver Draft next week.  Jacob Markstrom will try to end the Canucks' slide in the standings against a weakened Kings side, who will start another Waiver Draft option.

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