Thursday, January 31, 2019
Goalie Announcements (Jan 31)
The calendar is just about to flip over to February and once it does, all hell will finally break loose on the NHL schedule. Unfortunately, we still have one more night of drips and drabs to get through before we are there, but on the plus side, we're not losing out on a whole ton of action for most of our Waiver Draft pickups, concentrating the schedule for the back third of the season.
Last night, four more teams were able to get off the snide with at least a point, leaving four other teams to be sitting with no points through three nights of action this week. Kristy & Don, Tony, Stacey C. and Scott would be those four teams still in search of a point and there could be some relief out there tonight, amidst the three games on the schedule.
Carter Hart (Picked) versus Tuukka Rask (Jesse)
Tuukka Rask will return to the Boston net tonight after missing a couple of games with a concussion and it will give Jesse a key start this week. Jesse's team is on the board this week with 1 point and needs to keep the pace with the top teams in the pool, as his team goes into action in 10th place, 38 points out of the money.
Henrik Lundqvist (Scott) versus Keith Kinkaid (Neil)
The Rangers and Devils had their goaltending match-up confirmed for the better part of yesterday, so both Scott and Neil would have known that they would at least get a start on Thursday night, before it actually mattered. As we know already, Scott's team is among the four without a point, while Neil's team isn't too far ahead with 2 points. Neil's team has yet to feature in the Basement Dweller this season and a win would certainly help ensure that for another week.
Sergei Bobrovsky (Kristy & Don) versus Connor Hellebuyck (Jeremy)
Jeremy holds the top spot in this week's scoring race with 11 points and he gets a tasty start from the Jets with Connor Hellebuyck and the Columbus Blue Jackets in town. Jeremy's team isn't quite in the hunt this season, 57 points out of the money. The Jackets will go with their top guy in Sergei Bobrovsky, aiding the duo to try and put some points on the board this week. It's going to be a tall task in Winnipeg, but if there's a guy to do it, it's Bob.