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Saturday, January 5, 2019


In the Crease is back for the 2018-19 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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Monday Jan. 7- Jan. 13

 

Great Options

 

Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens: After a miserable month of November, Price was able to put together a solid December. He also got off to a great start in January, as he was able to shut out the Canucks in his first game of the new year. Price has a 16-10-4 record with a 2.75 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy is heading into the weekend riding a six-game winning streak. He hasn’t dropped a decision in regulation since returning to the lineup from a foot injury (7-0-1). The Bolts will host Columbus and Carolina before hitting the road in back-to-back games against Buffalo and the Islanders on the weekend.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: No goalie has won more games this season than Fleury (he has 24 victories). The Golden Knights netminder has won four games in a row and he’s given up just four goals during his personal winning streak. Vegas will host the Devils and Sharks before traveling to Chicago on Saturday.

 

Robin Lehner – New York Islanders: Lehner has rattled off six consecutive victories and he’s given up just five goals during that stretch. The Isles will start the week at home against Carolina before taking on the Rangers in a home-and-home series. They’ll finish off their week at home against Tampa.

 

Good Options

 

Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: Holtby has dropped back-to-back decisions, but he was given the night off against Dallas on Friday. The Caps will host the Flyers before hitting the road to play Boston. They’ll then return home to take on the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Holtby has a 15-10-2 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season.

 

Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens will hit the West Coast next week, but it’s impossible to ignore everything they’ve accomplished over the last few weeks. They’ve rattled off eight wins in a row and Murray’s been terrific. Murray’s won all seven of his appearances since returning to the lineup in mid-December. Expect him to get two starts this week.

 

Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks: Markstrom has been a pleasant surprise this season, as he’s given the Canucks steady goaltending. The 28-year-old has won nine of his last 11 decisions. His offensive upside is limited because the Canucks will play just two games this week, but they’ll host Arizona and Florida which are solid matchups.

 

Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks: Jones has given up eight goals in his last two games, but he’s come away with wins in both games. He owns a 17-8-4 record with a 2.91 goals-against-average and a .897 save percentage this season. The Sharks will play three home games against the Kings, Oilers and Sens, and they’ll travel to Vegas, too.

 

Bad Options

 

Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings: Howard put an end to his personal five-game losing skid on Friday night when he helped beat the Preds in overtime. The Wings will host Montreal on Tuesday before hitting the road on Friday and Saturday in Winnipeg and Minnesota.

 

Anders Nilsson – Ottawa Senators: The Sens acquired Nilsson because Craig Anderson is still sidelined with an injury. It’ll be tough sledding for Ottawa’s new goalie, as the team will go to the West Coast to take on Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. It won’t be an easy start to Nilsson’s Sens career.

 

Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues: Allen has dropped two of his last three games, and things will likely be tougher next week. St. Louis will play on the road in Philly, at home against Dallas and Montreal, and they’ll head to Dallas on the weekend. Allen has a 14-12-4 record with a 3.03 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this season.

 




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