Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Goalie Announcements (Feb 12)

Monday night was a good night for most of the teams that were not in the top four in the standings, as there were quite a few points handed out among those 21 teams, give or take three of them.  Jeremy and Scott's teams were tops on the night with 6 points each, making some waves in the standings, even if they were just little ones.

Seven teams didn't register a point, sure, but it was an awfully quiet night, with only three games going.  Four of those teams didn't even register a skater game, so that's how quiet it was.

Tuesday night is going to be different, of course, 12 games on the schedule tonight, so there will be plenty of points to go around and tomorrow's goalie post will look a little bit more comprehensive.  Let's see how the starters breakdown for tonight.

Collin Delia (Derek B.) versus Tuukka Rask (Jesse)
Derek's assault on the rookie mini-game continues with a start from Collin Delia and the Blackhawks tonight, when they go into Boston for an Original Six meeting against the Bruins.  Derek's lead was cut into a bit last night, but he gets a chance to put some points back from the crease with this start.  At the other end, Tuukka Rask goes for the Bruins, giving Jesse a start, who is looking towards the Mover & Shaker this week, starting the night only 2 points back of the lead.

Robin Lehner (Chelsea) versus Linus Ullmark (Steve)
Chelsea has one of the seven teams without a point, while Steve's is only marginally better at 1 point after Monday night, so they'll both be grasping for points to try and keep themselves clear of the early week basement designation.  The Islanders are running pretty hot of late, 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, so they likely hold the advantage in this one.

Anton Khudobin (Grant) versus Roberto Luongo (John P.)
It's pretty close to the same, as Grant has one of those top four teams with no points after Monday night, but John's team only has 2 points, so it's not a huge advantage, when they see their goalies go tonight in Florida, when the Stars take on the Panthers.  John's goalies are off to a good start in this third segment, posting a few wins last week, so they are looking to keep that hot streak alive and maybe climb into the top half of the standings.

Braden Holtby (Stacey C.) versus Sergei Bobrovsky (Kristy & Don)
The Capitals are on the second half of back-to-backs tonight, heading into Columbus to take on a division rival and it looks like it will be a goaltending clinic tonight, between Holtby and Bobrovsky.  Stacey is hoping the Caps could do for his goalie, what they did for Brian's goalie last night, which is give him a win, while the duo are looking to get on the board this week with a win of their own.  This should be a pretty good game, in theory.

Petr Mrazek (Stacey C.) versus Anders Nilsson (Stuart)
It sounds like Craig Anderson is dealing with an eye injury and is day-to-day, thanks to a tennis ball incident, so Anders Nilsson gets to take back the net for the Senators, giving Stuart a start tonight, trying to pad his lead in the overall standings.  The Hurricanes hadn't confirmed their goalie, at the time of the post, but it does seem safe to assume that Stacey would get a second start with Petr Mrazek probably going back into the net tonight.

David Rittich (Ryan) versus Andrei Vasilevskiy (Dale C.)
The first fully confirmed game for tonight is the Flames and the Lightning, where we'll see starts for Ryan and Dale.  These will be their only starts for the night, as they try and improve upon weekly totals of 1 and 4 points, respectively, after Monday night.  Of course, you can't look past how big of a game this is for both teams, as the potential for a June match-up is certainly in the cards, so this will be a big measuring stick game for both sides.

Keith Kinkaid (Neil) versus Jordan Binnington (N/A)
It seems like Neil has a lot of games where his goalie is the only one that is pool worthy in a game or maybe it's just me.  Anyways, it is certainly the case when the Devils take on the Blues, as Keith Kinkaid will look to add 2 points to the tally tonight, but they are up against a streaking Blues team, which is playing very well of late.  How no one took a gamble on Binnington a couple of weeks ago is kind of surprising.

Jimmy Howard (Tony) versus Pekka Rinne (John P.)
Tony and John are only separated by 9 points in the standings, so this isn't quite a swing game in the overall standings, but it is a pretty good match-up for the middle of the table.  John, who is the trailing team of the two, gets his second start of the night in this game, which makes it a little bit more interesting, especially if he gets a win in the first game.  Tony is looking to see if his team can make up the 10 points he needs for the top 10, as 10th place is his peak spot at the end of a week this season.

Anthony Stolarz (N/A) versus Devan Dubnyk (Wes)
Wes only gets one start tonight, as his team tries to jump on the top four teams with another win.  His team reeled in another point last night and his team now starts Tuesday night only 9 points out of the money and Devan Dubnyk will get the call for the Wild, taking on a Flyers team which has also been pretty hot of late.  The Flyers are playing the second half of a back-to-back, so Wes may have lucked out there.

Henrik Lundqvist (Scott) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Jeremy)
Jeremy's team is making a run for a Mover & Shaker late on in the season, pretty well too late for his team, but it would sure look good on the all-time records to get another one.  Connor Hellebuyck will go for him, as the Jets host the Rangers at the Bell MTS Centre.  The Rangers have not confirmed their goalie at the time of the post, but with their number two going last on the weekend, they would probably will go back to ol' faithful to get the job done on the road. 

Frederik Andersen (Wilton) versus Semyon Varlamov (Wilton)
If I were a betting man, I would say that Wilton will get 2 points from a goalie in this game between the Maple Leafs and Avalanche tonight.  It sure looks as if both of his goalies will go head-to-head tonight, as his team starts the night 11 points out of the top 10 and in line for a couple points, at the very least.

Darcy Kuemper (Neil) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Troy)
In the late, late game of the night, the Coyotes are into Vegas to take on the Golden Knights and Neil gets his second start of the night from the visitors, while Troy gets his only start of the night from the home side.  Troy's hold on a top 10 spot is beginning to slip and he desperately needs his best player to get his team back on track with a win tonight.

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