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.
Week of Oct. 16-22
Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets
Schedule: Tue @ WPG, Thu vs. TB, Sat vs. LAK
Bobrovsky is off to a fantastic start this season, as he’s already beaten the Islanders, Hurricanes and Rangers while giving up just two goals in the process. The defending Vezina Trophy winner has a tiny 0.65 goals-against-average and a .981 save percentage going into this week. With two home games on the schedule, he should be able to put together a nice fantasy week.
Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Mon @ DET, Tue @ NJ, Thu @ CBJ, Sat vs. PIT
Vasilevskiy’s individual numbers aren’t overly impressive (3.74 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage), but he’s actually come up a number of big saves for his team so far this season. The Lightning will have a tough schedule this week, but Vasilevskiy has already defeated Florida, Washington and Pittsburgh this season.
Ben Bishop-Dallas Stars
Schedule: Tue vs. ARZ, Thu @ ARZ, Sat vs. CAR
Bishop and the Stars are off to a rocky start this season, as they have just one win in their first four contests. Things should turn around this week with two games against the Coyotes on tap. Bishop has a 1-1-0 record with a 1.85 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this season.
Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators
Schedule: Tue vs. VAN, Thu vs. NJ, Sat vs. TOR
Anderson opened the season with two shootout losses in a row, but he’s now won back-to-back games against Vancouver and Calgary. He’s given up just two goals total in the last wins. All three of Ottawa’s games will be at home this week, which means that there’s a good opportunity for them to come away with victories. Anderson has a 1.65 goals-against-average and a .937 save percentage this season.
Corey Crawford-Chicago Blackhawks
Schedule: Wed @ STL, Thu vs. EDM, Sat @ ARZ
Crawford is coming off a loss to the Minnesota Wild, but he’s been very good so far this season. The Hawks goalie now has a 3-1-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage this season. His fantasy value is lowered by Chicago’s condensed schedule. They’ll play three games in four nights. Expect Crawford to be in goal for two of them.
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Tue @ WSH, Wed vs. DET, Sat @ OTT
Andersen doesn’t have the best stats on this list, but he and the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t had a tough time putting together victories. The Leafs goalie has a 3-1-0 record with a 3.96 goals-against-average and a .871 save percentage this season. If he stays healthy, he should continue to see a lot of work this season.
Jimmy Howard-Detroit Red Wings
Schedule: Mon vs. TB, Wed @ TOR, Fri vs. WSH, Sun vs. VAN
The Red Wings weren’t expected to be good this season, but they’ve gotten off to a strong start. Obviously, that doesn’t mean they’ll be a playoff team though. The Wings have four games on their schedule this week and three of them are going to be tough matchups. The fact that there’s potential for Howard to play in at least three games makes him an interesting fantasy option.
Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins
Schedule: Thu vs. VAN, Sat vs. BUF
The Bruins only have two games this week, but they’ll come against two very beatable opponents in Vancouver and Buffalo. Rask has a 1-2-0 record with a 3.76 goals-against-average and a .870 save percentage this season. He won’t have much room for error this week, but he’s in a relatively good spot.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Tue @ SJ, Wed @ LAK, Fri @ ANA
Price continues to be one of the best goalies in the world, but his teammates don’t exactly provide a lot of run-support for him. Price has a 1-3-0 record with a 3.30 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage this season, and improving those numbers during a trip through California won’t be easy. There will be better fantasy days ahead for Price.
Robin Lehner-Buffalo Sabres
Schedule: Tue @VGK, Fri vs. VAN, Sat @ BOS
Many expected the Sabres to be an improved hockey club this season, but that hasn’t been the case so far. Lehner has dropped all three of his starts this season and things don’t appear to be getting any better. Lehner has a 0-2-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this season.
Roberto Luongo-Florida Panthers
Schedule: Tue @ PHI, Fri vs. PIT, Sat @ WSH
Luongo is coming off a win over the St. Louis Blues, but things won’t be easy for him and the Panthers this week. They’ll play in Philadelphia and Washington this week with a home matchup against the Penguins sandwiched in between. That’s far from an ideal schedule from a fantasy perspective.
Scott Darling-Carolina Hurricanes
Schedule: Tue @ EDM, Thu @ CGY, Sat @ DAL
Darling still hasn’t lost in regulation as a member of the Hurricanes, but that will probably change this week. The Hurricanes have three tough road games this week, which doesn’t bode well for Darling’s fantasy stock. He has a 2.80 goals-against-average and a .889 save percen