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Week of March 20-26
Cam Talbot-Edmonton Oilers
Schedule: Mon vs. LAK, Wed @ ANA, Thu @ COL, Sat @ COL
No goalie has suited up in more games than Cam Talbot (63) this season. The Oilers goaltender has been solid for his team this year. He’ll enter this weekend’s action with 35-20-8 record with a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. He’ll likely start three of four games next week. Talbot will likely face Los Angeles, Anaheim and Colorado at home.
Corey Crawford-Chicago Blackhawks
Schedule: Tue vs. VAN, Thu vs. DAL, Sat @ FLA
Crawford and his team have been terrific since the All-Star break. They’re coming off three wins over playoff teams Minnesota, Montreal and Ottawa and they should be able to do a whole lot more damage against three non-playoff teams next week. Crawford has six wins in his last eight games.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Tue vs. DET, Thu vs. CAR, Sat vs. OTT
Price has been rock-solid since Claude Julien took over behind the bench and although he’s coming off a tough loss to Chicago, he’ll have an opportunity to right the ship against Ottawa twice this weekend before taking on Detroit, Carolina and Ottawa again next Saturday. All three of next week’s games will be played at the Bell Center.
Matt Murray-Pittsburgh Penguins
Schedule: Tue @ BUF, Thu @ OTT, Fri vs. NYI Sun vs. PHI
Murray has given up four goals against in three of his last four outings, but he’s still managed to come away with three victories during that span. The Penguins starter will likely get to face three of next week’s four opponents, and with Buffalo and Philadelphia on the schedule, there’s a good chance he can come away with a decent amount of points.
Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets
Schedule: Wed vs. TOR, Thu @ WSH, Sat vs. PHI
Bobrovsky enters Saturday’s action as the leader in wins in the NHL. He’s been victorious in six straight games and he hasn’t dropped a decision in regulation in about a month (Feb. 19). He’ll likely be between the pipes in two of his team’s three games next week.
Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators
Schedule: Mon vs. ARZ, Thu vs. CGY, Sat vs. SJ
The Preds head into the weekend having won three in a row, and they’ll open next week with three home dates against Arizona, Calgary and San Jose. That’s far from an easy schedule, but they’ve been playing some good hockey of late. Rinne owns a 27-16-8 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage this season.
Martin Jones-San Jose Sharks
Schedule: Mon @ DAL, Tue @ MIN, Fri @ DAL, Sat @ NSH
The Sharks will go through a four-game road trip next week, but with two games against Dallas, a game against struggling Minnesota and one against a good Nashville team, I still think Jones can have some good fantasy value. He’s won two of his last three and four of his last six.
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Mon vs. BOS, Wed @ CBJ, Thu vs. NJ, Sat @ BUF
Only Cam Talbot has played more games than Andersen this season. The Maple Leafs goalie is going through a positive stretch that has seen him allow two goals or less in six of his last seven outings. He has a 4-2-1 record during that span. Expect him to split Wednesday and Thursday’s starts with backup Curtis McElhinney, but the rest of the games should be his. He’s got some nice upside this week.