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 Nov. 19-25
Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets
Schedule: Mon at BUF, Wed vs. CGY, Fri vs. OTT
Bobrovsky has won each of his last three starts and he’s given up just two goals during that stretch. He has a balanced schedule, which will help his fantasy stock over the next week. Bobrovsky owns an 11-4-1 record with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage this season.
Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators
Schedule: Mon vs. WPG, Wed vs. MTL, Fri at STL
Rinne is coming off an ugly performance in a loss to Minnesota, but he had won his four previous starts. The Predators goalie has a 9-3-2 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this season.
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Mon vs. ARZ, Wed at FLA, Fri at CAR, Sat vs. WSH
Andersen’s individual numbers haven’t been very good (3.04 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage), but he’s still managed to win each of his last four games. Look for him to make four starts over the next week, which means he’ll have plenty of opportunity to earn fantasy points.
Cory Schneider-New Jersey Devils
Schedule: Mon at MIN, Wed vs. BOS, Fri vs. VAN, Sat at DET
Schneider is coming off a 1-0 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has just one win in his last five games, but he’s held the opposition to two goals or less in three of those games. Schneider has a 7-3-2 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 2017-18.
John Gibson-Anaheim Ducks
Schedule: Sun vs. FLA, Mon at SJ, Wed vs. VGK, Fri vs. WPG, Sat at LAK
Incredibly enough, the Ducks will play five games between Sunday and Saturday. Gibson obviously won’t start all of them, but he’ll see at least three games next week. He’ll likely turn things around in the near future. He has a 6-6-1 record with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
Charlie Lindgren-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Tue at DAL, Wed at NSH, Sat vs. BUF
Lindgren has emerged as a fantastic goalie for the Canadiens since Carey Price went down with a lower-body injury. With no return date in sight for Price, Lindgren will continue to serve as Montreal’s number one goalie. Look for him to make two starts next week.
Jake Allen-St. Louis Blues
Schedule: Tue vs. EDM, Fri vs. NSH, Sat vs. MIN
Allen is coming off a big win over the Edmonton Oilers, and he’ll get to face them again on Tuesday night. The Blues goalie has a 10-5-1 record with a 2.71 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Jonathan Quick-Los Angeles Kings
Schedule: Sun at VGK, Wed vs. WPG, Fri at ARZ, Sat vs. ANA
Quick has dropped four games in a row heading into the weekend, but the Kings are one of the few teams that have four games on the schedule next week. That makes him an intriguing fantasy option. Expect him to turn things around in the near future.
Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators
Schedule: Sun at NYR, Wed at WSH, Fri at CBJ, Sat at NYI
Anderson and the Senators have four games on the schedule next week, but three of them will come in difficult road matchups. He has a 7-4-3 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage this season.
Antti Raanta-Arizona Coyotes
Schedule: Mon at TOR, Wed vs. SJ, Fri vs. LAK, Sat vs. VGK
The Coyotes came away with their first regulation win on Thursday night, but that doesn’t mean they’ll turn things around all of a sudden. Raanta has a 2-5-2 record with a 3.27 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage this season. He won’t be worth owning in any fantasy format.
Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins
Schedule: Wed at NJ, Fri vs. PIT
Rask is on this portion of the list for the second week in a row. Not only has he struggled, but the Bruins netminder will now sit on the bench behind Anton Khudobin for the second game in a row. Rask will get his starting job back at some point, but his fantasy stock has definitely taken a hit. He has a 3-7-2 record with a 2.89 goals-against-average and a .897 save percentage this season.
Roberto Luongo-Florida Panthers
Schedule: Sun at ANA, Wed vs. TOR, Sat vs. CHI
The Panthers goaltending has been less than stellar so far this season and it probably won’t get any better over the next week. Luongo will likely start two games, while James Reimer will get one. Regardless of who starts which games, the odds of either goalie being fantasy relevant is minimal.