Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Night Preview

678 points
-8 from lead
-13 from lead
-17 from lead
John B.
-18 from lead
-19 from lead
MIN/NJDZach Parise, FNoneMikko Koivu, FJamie Langenbrunner, FNonePatrik Elias, F
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, FBrian Gionta, F
Marc-Andre Bergeron, DMarek Zidlicky, D
NYI/CAREric Staal, FNoneNoneMark Streit, DRay Whitney, FNone
PHI/BUFJason Pominville, FNoneRyan Miller, GMartin Biron, GNoneMatt Carle, D
Mike Richards, FDerek Roy, F
LOS/PITDustin Brown, FKyle Quincey, DAlexander Frolov, FNoneAnze Kopitar, FDrew Doughty, D
DET/ATLNonePavel Datsyuk, FNoneJohan Franzen, FTobias Enstrom, DNone
Jiri Hudler, FTodd White, F
Ty Conklin, G
EDM/CHINoneMartin Havlat, FNikolai Khabibulin, GNoneDuncan Keith, DAles Hemsky, F
Cristobel Huet, G
STL/CALNoneMike Cammalleri, FJarome Iginla, FTodd Bertuzzi, FDaymond Langkow, FNone
Curtis Glencross, FKeith Tkachuk, F
Manny Legace, G

Well, it was another night of some gaps opening up a little wider on Thursday, as the lead has sprung up to 8 points. That wasn't the only movement in the pool though, as Benson passed John again in the evening, taking up fourth spot, trying to chase down Jeremy in the final money position, while Peter made up a little bit of ground on both John and Benson, trying to get into that same money position again. It's all very close down the stretch.

Tonight, seven games are on the schedule, all of which have some sort of pool implication, which could affect the tables for the games on Saturday and Sunday. The marquee game will be the Wild in New Jersey to take on the Devils, as eight players among the top six teams will be in action, but Marcus and John won't have anyone taking part.

Clayton will have five of his forwards going tonight in four of the seven games, while Marcus has seven players in total going, also in a combination of four games. For Marcus, however, he may not have Cristobel Huet in net for the Blackhawks, rather Jeremy will likely have Nikolai Khabibulin in net to try and register a win, as a part of his active seven players tonight.

The most interesting race on the chart is fourth through sixth, as they are only separated by 2 points going into tonight's action. The gap to the money is still 4 points from fourth, but a good night could close that up really nicely. I think we're all in for a treat here.

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