Monday, February 18, 2019

Goalie Announcements (Feb 18)

We've got some early action in Calgary on this Family Day holiday, which has expedited this post today, which probably means there will be some solid guessing today.

It's a new week, so let's get right to it.

Calvin Pickard (N/A) versus Mike Smith (Brian)
Brian gets the only hockey pool start in the matinee game between the Coyotes and the Flames, as Mike Smith has seemingly taken back the crease for Calgary, as they stride towards the playoffs.  Brian's team opens the week on the equator of the standings, down in 13th, but is only 10 points out of 8th place and that number can start coming down today with a win.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Dale C.) versus Joonas Korpisalo (N/A)
With a big 10-point week last week, Andrei Vasilevskiy has climbed his way into the top 25 in pool scoring, finally worth the 1st round pick he was taken with, although Dale C. took him with the 2nd overall selection, hardly the 23rd ranking that he currently sits in.  He is projected to get the start today, unconfirmed at the time of this post, but 2 points could move him up one more spot in the rankings and 4 more points could get him to 16th, in theory.

Anders Nilsson (Stuart) versus Collin Delia (Derek B.)
The Blackhawks will be donning their Winter Classic gear again tonight and that's pretty exciting, those are some pretty sharp jerseys.  In this one, it's the overall leader against the rookie leader, with the rookie leader getting a rookie start out of the home side.  Yes, Stuart has seemingly destroyed the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft with his pick of Nilsson, while Derek has only had minimal returns from Delia, a pick from the same swap.  This is a game of sellers at the deadline, so who knows what's going to happen?

Malcolm Subban (N/A) versus Semyon Varlamov (Wilton)
It appears that the Golden Knights are finally affording their number one goalie a little bit of rest these days, as they confirmed that Malcolm Subban will get back-to-back starts with the team tonight in Colorado, winning his last effort, Saturday night against Nashville.  What we don't know for sure is the Colorado starter, so we'll assume they'll go back to the number one, as they are desperately in need of getting out of a nasty slide in the standings.

Tuukka Rask (Jesse) versus Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward)
No guessing needed for the Bruins and Sharks tonight, as we know it will be Rask versus Jones in one of the late games tonight.  Jesse's team has been hot, thanks, in part, to more playing time for Rask, while the duo near the bottom of the standings have been working their way out of it, now 23rd and only 1 point back of 22nd.  They get a start from Jones, who has been very good of late as well.  This game could be a very good one to watch.

Pheonix Copley (Brian) versus Jack Campbell (N/A)
The Washington Capitals are on back-to-back days down in California, so it seems very likely that they'll go with Pheonix Copley after their loss in Anaheim yesterday.  This hasn't been confirmed early on Monday afternoon, but it does seem likely that Brian would get his second start of the day here.  The Kings have confirmed that they'll go back to Jack Campbell tonight, keeping another start out of the hockey pool.

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