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 Feb. 11-17
Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators
Schedule: Tue vs. STL, Thu vs. CGY, Sat vs. DET
Rinne and the Predators will complete a four-game road trip on Saturday, but they’ll enjoy some home cooking for the next little while. The Preds goalie has an 8-0-1 record in his last nine decisions. He owns a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Mon at TOR, Tue at BUF, Thu vs. DET, Sat vs. NJ
The Bolts will play four games next week and Vasilevskiy should be between the pipes for three of them. He has an impressive 32-10-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season. The Bolts netminder has also won five of his last six outings.
Connor Hellebuyck-Winnipeg Jets
Schedule: Sun vs. NYR, Tue vs. WSH, Fri vs. COL
The Jets are coming off a miserable performance against the Blues on Friday night, so it’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back next week. Hellebuyck has given up three goals or more in five of his last six games, but he should be able to have a solid fantasy week. He has a 28-7-8 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.
Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals
Schedule: Sun vs. DET, Tue at WPG, Thu at MIN, Sat at CHI
Holtby has won four of his last five games and he’s suffered just one regulation loss in his last seven outings. The Caps have four games next week and no back-to-backs, which is good for his fantasy value. Expect Holtby to be between the pipes for three of the four games.
Marc-Andre Fleury-Vegas Golden Knights
Schedule: Sun vs. PHI, Tue vs. CHI, Thu vs. EDM, Sat vs. MTL
Fleury has won four of his last five decisions, but he’s given up three goals or more in each of his last three outings. He owns a 16-5-2 record with a 2.03 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage this season. We’ll see how many teams get the “Vegas flu” next week.
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Mon vs. TB, Wed vs. CBJ, Sat at PIT
There’s been a lot of chatter about how Andersen has been the most valuable player on the roster this season. He’s been incredibly good, but next week’s schedule is on the tougher side, as the Leafs will play Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. He’ll still be a good fantasy option, just not a great one.
Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins
Schedule: Sun at NJ, Tue vs. CGY, Sat at VAN
The Bruins already announced that Anton Khudobin will start Sunday’s game against the Devils, but the other two should go to Rask, who hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 26. Rask has a 22-8-4 record with a 2.09 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this season.
Devan Dubnyk-Minnesota Wild
Schedule: Tue vs. NYR, Thu vs. WSH, Sat vs. ANA
The Wild play all three of their games at home next week, which should bode well for Dubnyk’s fantasy value. They have a mediocre road record, but they are 18-4-5 in Minnesota this season. Games against Washington and Anaheim won’t be easy, but Dubnyk should come away with a decent fantasy week when it’s all said and done.
Carter Hutton-St. Louis Blues
Schedule: Sun vs. PIT, Tue at NSH, Thu at DAL
Hutton has been very good since getting the starting gig from Jake Allen, but his upcoming schedule is brutal. The Penguins have been rolling, while Nashville and Dallas continue to be elite teams in the Western Conference. There are better weeks ahead for Hutton, but he should be avoided next week.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Wed at COL, Thu at ARZ, Sat at VGK
Price and the Canadiens will be heading out West next week. With the playoffs out the question this year, expect Montreal to falter quite a bit down the stretch. Price has a 15-20-4 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage this season. He has just one win in his last five games.
Henrik Lundqvist-New York Rangers
Schedule: Sun at WPG, Tue at MIN, Thu at NYI, Sat at OTT
Now that the Rangers have announced that their rebuilding, expect them to drop in the standings. They have four road games over the next seven days, which likely means that they won’t come away with many victories.