Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Nov 27)

Day Two of the Week Nine Waiver Draft is well underway and if you're still looking for a goalie, tonight would be the night that you could do some scouting, if you had NHL Centre Ice or Rogers NHL Live, you could comb the channels and look for your next big acquisition.

10 games on the schedule, not quite as full of current hockey pool goalies as yesterday, but it's still not too bad.

Curtis McElhinney (N/A) versus Carey Price (Stacey M.)
The first game confirmed in the day was the Canes and Canadiens, where we have Stacey looking for her qualifying win from Carey Price and the Habs, as they take on a goalie that is still auditioning for a spot on a hockey pool roster in Curtis McElhinney.  Stacey's team lost a little bit of ground on 2nd place on Monday night, but some help early on from the crease could make up for that in no time.

Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward) versus Carter Hutton (Wes)
Well, the San Jose Sharks got me twice on the weekend, starting Aaron Dell on back-to-back nights, which really didn't pay off for them that well, but nevertheless, an early start in the evening means that there is more reliable info out there and Martin Jones is indeed starting for the Sharks in Buffalo tonight.  On the other side, Wes gets the first of two starts tonight with Carter Hutton, in tough trying to find Wes' qualifying win early on this week.

Mike McKenna (N/A) versus Anthony Stolarz (N/A)
It's a dud game in Philadelphia, as the in-flux Flyers host the Senators tonight.  The Flyers are running through their goaltender options besides their injured top two under new management, while the Senators played last night, so they will be giving Craig Anderson the night off.  Not much to see here, folks... unless you have skaters in this game.

John Gibson (Kristy & Don) versus Louis Domingue (Picked)
The first goalie picked in the Waiver Draft will get to show his stuff off to Eric tonight, but the points won't start counting until next week, sadly.  Nevertheless, Louis Domingue is the new number one in Tampa for the time being and gets the challenge of John Gibson and the Ducks tonight at home, giving the pool's better duo a start tonight.  Kristy & Don want a spot back in the money and their team is moving and shaking early on, trying to get there.

Semyon Varlamov (Wilton) versus Pekka Rinne (John P.)
Heavyweight goalie match-up in the Central Division tonight, when the Avalanche head into Nashville to take on the Predators.  20 points separate the two pool teams in question in this one, Wilton's team, which has Varlamov for the visitors tonight, trails John's team, who will have Rinne going for the home side.  Neither side off to a great start this week, so it will take a slug fest of saves to help get this race going again.

Antti Raanta (Brian) versus Devan Dubnyk (Wes)
The race between Wes and Brian is good and close, Wes in 10th place, only 7 points ahead of his good buddy, Brian, who is back in 15th place at the start of play today.  These two will see their goalies go head-to-head, when the Coyotes and Wild play in Minnesota tonight.  An excellent result from either side could really see a team jump a couple spots in the standings, but I'm sure either side would just be happy with the 2 points.

Casey DeSmith (Picked) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Jeremy)
The second goalie in the draft will also get to show off his wares before he becomes active next week, as Casey DeSmith was taken in the Waiver Draft already, this time by Benson's hockey pool team.  The lowly Penguins will get Connor Hellebuyck tonight, when they take on the Jets in Winnipeg and he'll be donning that blue alternate jersey, which is slowly growing on me.  Jeremy's team is just outside the top 10 today and is 20 points out of the money, hoping that the Jets can really shut down that Pittsburgh offense.

Marc-Andre Fleury (Troy) versus Corey Crawford (Benson)
Our pool leader gets a start tonight as well, as the Vegas Golden Knights will go right back to the Flower tonight, when they go into Chicago and take on Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.  Benson's team had the pool lead, once upon a time this season, but injuries to one key player seemed to affect his entire team and his team goes into tonight, 58 points back of 1st place.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Anton Khudobin (N/A) versus Mikko Koskinen (Picked)
One goalie still available against a goalie already taken in Edmonton later on tonight, when the Stars take on the Oilers.  Tony is banking on Mikko Koskinen to start giving the Oilers some quality goaltending through the middle part of the season and into the stretch run, while there's a pretty good backup still available today in Anton Khudobin, who should get a fair bit of time for the Stars still this season, even when Ben Bishop comes back from injury.

Cal Petersen (N/A) versus Jacob Markstrom (Chelsea)
If you were thinking about possibly taking a Los Angeles goalie that isn't hurt at the moment, you may want to wait and see for the weekend, as it sounds like Jonathan Quick will be ready to go in the next couple of days, just not tonight.  Jacob Markstrom will get the nod for the Canucks at home tonight, trying to help Chelsea's team get on the board this week after a goose egg on Monday night.

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