Sunday, December 17, 2017

Goalie Announcements (Dec 17)

It's Sunday fun day in the NHL and there are only four games on the schedule today.  Since the goalie survivor pool games ended before the weekend and it has been a lazy week for me, I thought I would give us all four games to look over, just to see if there was something worth some excitement today.

Enjoy the games tonight, we'll be back, hopefully in full steam tomorrow, with the weekly statistical audit, Newsletter and all that other good stuff!

Jake Allen (Cam) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Neil)
It's the 19th overall scoring goalie against the 28th overall in scoring goalie, as Jake Allen and the Blues visit Connor Hellebuyck and the Jets in an earlier start on Sunday.  This is the biggest of all four games, in terms of goalie match-ups and meaning in the NHL standings.  Between Cam and Neil, it's 27 points, Cam sitting right in the middle of the standings at 13th, while Neil is in 20th.

Alex Stalock (N/A) versus Corey Crawford (Jeremy)
Jeremy is eyeing up at least a share of 1st place in the pool standings tonight, as his keeper for the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, is expected to get the start with their division rivals from Minnesota in town for a Sunday evening tilt.  The Wild are forced to go with their new number one for the time being, Alex Stalock, a goaltender that everyone was going to overlook with a workhorse in front of him on the depth chart.  It doesn't mean this is a cake walk for the Hawks, Stalock has been good for the Wild this season.

David Rittich (N/A) versus Jacob Markstrom (Wes)
A Pacific Division match-up for Rogers Hometown Hockey tonight on Sportsnet, as the Flames and the Canucks will go head-to-head in Vancouver, already finishing up their season series before the 2017 calendar year is out.  The Flames are on back-to-back nights, so they will go with their number two guy, Czech keeper David Rittich, while the Canucks will have some pool representation with Jacob Markstrom taking to the net once again.  Wes' 22nd place team could really use some points tonight, as the top 20 is only 5 points away.

James Reimer (Troy) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Scott)
In Vegas on Sunday night, the Florida Panthers are in to take on the Golden Knights in their first of two meetings this season.  There's a bit of friction between these two, since the Panthers had unceremoniously let go of a number of current Golden Knights and it has been on the social media feeds, just how much this game would mean to the home side.  In the pool, it's 18th placed Troy and 25th place Scott having their teams represented, teams separated by 55 points today.  It's not a meaningful game in match-up, but I've been slacking all week on these posts, so here you go!

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