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ITC: Price Check

Saturday, December 2, 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. 3-9

Great Options

Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens


Schedule: Tue vs. STL, Thu vs. CGY, Sat vs. EDM


Price has been terrific since returning from a lower-body injury. He won all four of his starts since coming back and he allowed just five goals combined in those games. The fact that Canadiens will play all three games on home ice next week only helps Price’s fantasy stock.


Jonathan Quick-Los Angeles Kings


Schedule: Sun at CHI, Tue vs. MIN, Thu vs. OTT, Sat vs. CAR


Since dropping six games in a row earlier this month, Quick has now rattled off three consecutive victories. The fact that his team will play four games next week and none of them are back-to-backs make him one of the best fantasy options at his position in the next seven days.


Connor Hellebuyck-Winnipeg Jets


Schedule: Sun at OTT, Tue at DET, Thu at FLA, Sat at TB


Hellebuyck has gone 5-1-1 in his last seven outings. He’s clearly been the best of the Jets goaltenders so far this season. He has a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage in 2017-18.


Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals


Schedule: Mon vs. SJ, Wed vs. CHI, Fri vs. NYR


Holtby has won two of his last three games. He’s also given up two goals or less in seven of his last 10 contests. He enters this weekend’s action with a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season.


Good Options                


Tristan Jarry-Pittsburgh Penguins


Schedule: Tue vs. NYR, Thu vs. NYI, Sat vs. TOR


Jarry has taken over as Pittsburgh’s starting goaltender now that Matt Murray is out with an injury. The young netminder recorded his first career shutout on Friday night and his upcoming week looks good. The Pens will face three tough opponents, but all of those contests will be played on Jarry’s home ice.


Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators


Schedule: Mon vs. BOS, Tue at DAL, Fri vs. VGK


Rinne’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night, but he’s still been rock-solid throughout the season. He has a 14-4-2 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage in 2017-18.


Jake Allen-St. Louis Blues


Schedule: Tue at MTL, Thu vs. DAL, Sat at DET


Allen was supposed to be given a night off on Friday, but he made a relief appearance in a loss to the Kings. The Blues goaltender has just one loss in his last five decisions. St. Louis’ upcoming schedule sets up nicely for his fantasy outlook.


Henrik Lundqvist-New York Rangers


Schedule: Tue at PIT, Fri at WSH, Sat vs. NJ


Lundqvist heads into this weekend’s action having won five starts in a row. His upcoming schedule isn’t ideal, but he’s definitely red-hot right now. King Henrik has a 13-6-2 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.


Bad Options

Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators


Schedule: Sun at WPG, Wed at ANA, Thu at LAK, Sat at SJ


Even though Ottawa found a way to end their seven-game losing skid on Friday night, they still had to pull Anderson in their game against the Islanders. The Sens goalie has dropped five games in a row. With an upcoming West Coast road swing on the horizon, things probably won’t get better anytime soon.


Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins


Schedule: Mon at NSH, Thu vs. ARZ, Sat vs. NYI


Rask has played better of late, but the Bruins have already announced that they’ll chose their starting goaltender on a game-by-game basis. Rask is between the pipes for Saturday’s game against the Flyers, while Anton Khudobin has been announced as the starter for Monday’s game against Nashville. If Khudobin plays really well on Monday, he could get the start again on Thursday.


Laurent Brossoit-Edmonton Oilers


Schedule: Wed vs. PHI, Sat at MTL


Starting goalie Cam Talbot is expected to miss two weeks of action, so Brossoit is taking over as the starting goalie. The young goalie has a 0-4-1 record so far this season. It’s unlikely that he’ll be able to turn around Edmonton’s struggles.


Scott Darling-Carolina Hurricanes


Schedule: Tue at VAN, Thu at SJ, Sat at LAK


Darling has dropped four of his last five decisions coming into this weekend’s play. Like Ottawa, the ‘Canes are about to begin a trip on the West Coast next week, which means it’ll be difficult to envision them turning things around in the near future. 

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