Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Goalie Announcements (Jan 16)
It may have taken a while to get all updated, but it was all done this morning and there were quite a few points to be had last night. The pool is still collecting points at a pretty decent rate, the 15 points per game was a bit of a pie in the sky thought, but 13 after Tuesday night's action is still okay.
Steve's team went tops in the week after Tuesday night, now sitting with 13 points, thanks in large part to the St. Louis Blues. Clayton's team went from worst to tied for 2nd with 12 points, up there with Jeremy and Eric's teams. Five more teams are at 11 points, rounding out the double-digits, so there's some good returns early on.
After two solid weeks of moving and shaking, Wes' team has seemingly cooled down and sits at the bottom with 3 points this week, but that could change just as quickly. Grant and Neil sit with 4 points, Wilton is at 5 points and there are six more teams within a shutout of Wes' team, so movement is still potentially on the horizon.
Semyon Varlamov (Wilton) versus Anders Nilsson (N/A)
Wilton gets a crack at putting some distance between his team and Wes' side tonight, with the Avalanche dropping in to visit the Senators. Semyon Varlamov is expected to get the start for the visitors and surprisingly doesn't have the best of numbers this season, ranking 30th among goalies in hockey pool scoring, with 26 points in 28 appearances.
Jaroslav Halak (Stacey M.) versus Carter Hart (N/A)
Stacey M.'s team is keeping the pace this week, up with 9 points and holding on to 2nd overall in the standings. Her team gets another platoon start from the Boston Bruins, as Jaroslav Halak has been tapped for tonight's game in Philadelphia, looking to build on a better year than anticipated, 35 points in 24 games, ranking him 14th among goalies this season.
Linus Ullmark (Steve) versus David Rittich (Ryan)
Ryan's team is starting the night only a shutout back of Steve's team for top spot in the weekly scoring ranks and that makes the Sabres and Flames into somewhat of a swing game tonight. A Linus Ullmark win could extend the gap between the two teams, while a David Rittich win could close it a bit or a shutout could close it completely. Both goalies were confirmed this morning, so let's get it going!
Mikko Koskinen (Tony) versus Jacob Markstrom (Chelsea)
The Oilers have confirmed that Mikko Koskinen will get the nod tonight in Vancouver, ensuring that Tony gets a start tonight. Tony's team is among those off to a good start this week with 11 points and they will take on a Canucks team still without their impressive rookie and they'll go with Jacob Markstrom, giving Chelsea a start too tonight. Chelsea's team is enjoying a good start with 9 points this week and looking forward to this start.
Aaron Dell (Troy) versus Darcy Kuemper (N/A)
The Sharks are on back-to-back nights and they went with Martin Jones last night, so it seems somewhat likely, but not confirmed, that Aaron Dell will get the call. We have seen Jones go on back-to-back nights already this season, which leaves that shadow of doubt and this isn't last year's Coyotes team... they are playing quite well. It will be interesting to see which direction they go in.