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Bobrovsky, Holtby Look Great

Saturday, December 9, 2017

In the Crease is back for the 2017-18 season. This column will provide you with everything you need to know about goaltending and who to start and sit in the upcoming week. I’ll give you some Great options, Good options and Goalies to avoid every week.

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Week of Dec. 10-16

Great Options

Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets

Schedule: Tue vs. EDM, Thu vs. NYI, Sat at CAR


Bobrovsky managed to put his three-game losing streak to bed with a victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Two of Columbus’ games will be played at home next week and they’re all somewhat favorable matchups. Bobrovsky might just be the best fantasy option of the week at his position.


Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals


Schedule: Mon at NYI, Tue vs. COL, Thu at BOS, Sat vs. ANA


The Capitals are one of the few teams that have four games on the schedule with only one back-to-back situation. Holtby should be between the pipes for three of next week’s games, which makes him a very strong fantasy play. He has a 16-6-0 record with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage. He’s also won three in a row and five of his last six.  


Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning


Schedule: Tue at STL, Thu at ARZ, Sat at COL


The Bolts have three road games on the schedule next week, but two of them will be favorable matchups against the Coyotes and Avs. He’ll head into this weekend’s action having won three of his last four outings.


Connor Hellebuyck-Winnipeg Jets


Schedule: Mon vs. VAN, Thu vs. CHI, Sat at STL


Hellebuyck is coming off an ugly loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but that was his first regulation defeat in six games. The Jets goaltender has a 15-3-3 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. With Steve Mason on the shelf, expect him to be between the pipes for all three games next week.


Good Options                


Henrik Lundqvist-New York Rangers


Schedule: Mon vs. DAL, Wed at OTT, Fri vs. LAK, Sat at BOS


Lundqvist missed a game because of the flu, but he was back between the pipes for New York on Friday night. His five-game winning streak was snapped in that game. He has a 13-7-2 record with a 2.72 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage this season. Look for him to start three of four games next week.


Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins


Schedule: Wed at DET, Thu vs. WSH, Sat at NYR


What a difference a couple of weeks makes. Rask had lost his starting job to Anton Khudobin, but he’s back to being the go-to guy for the Bruins. Rask has won three games in a row and it looks like Boston will continue to ride him.


Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs


Schedule: Sun vs. EDM, Tue at PHI, Thu at MIN, Fri at DET


Toronto has a very busy schedule next week, but expect Andersen to start three of the four games. After an ugly start to the season, the Leafs netminder has been terrific of late. He’s tied for second in the NHL with 16 victories.


Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens


Schedule: Thu vs. NJ, Sat at OTT (outdoor game)


Despite losing back-to-back games, Price has been terrific since returning from a lower-body injury. He has 5-1-1 record since coming back and he’s given up one goal or less in four of those contests. Assuming he stays healthy, Price will start both of his team’s games next week.


Bad Options


Robin Lehner-Buffalo Sabres


Schedule: Sun at STL, Tue vs. OTT, Thu at PHI, Fri vs. CAR


Lehner has turned aside 83 of 88 shots in his last two games, but he only has one win to show for it. The Sabres netminder also has just one victory in his last five contests. He has a 6-12-3 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season. Lehner’s been playing well, but his team simply doesn’t win enough to make him fantasy relevant.


Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators


Schedule: Tue at BUF, Wed vs. NYR, Sat vs. MTL (outdoor game)


Things really haven’t been going well for the Anderson and the Senators. The Sens netminder has dropped six consecutive decisions. Anderson owns a 7-9-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage. If he doesn’t turn things around soon, the Sens might turn to Mike Condon more often.


James Reimer-Florida Panthers


Schedule: Mon at DET, Tue at CHI, Thu at COL


Even though he’s taken over as the Panthers’ starting goaltender because of the injury to Roberto Luongo, it’s hard to see Reimer providing his fantasy owners with much value. He owns a 5-6-3 record with a 3.70 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage this season.


Laurent Brossoit-Edmonton Oilers


Schedule: Sun at TOR, Tue at CBJ, Thu vs. NSH, Sat at MIN


The Oilers will be busy over the next week, but their schedule isn’t loaded with favorable matchups. Brossoit has taken over as the team’s starting netminder while Cam Talbot is on the shelf and he hasn’t been very good. He has a 1-5-1 record with a 3.71 goals-against-average and a .877 save percentage this season. 

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