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. 18-24
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Sun at DET, Tue vs. FLA, Thu vs. NYI, Sat vs. BOS
Andersen has been getting a ton of praise for his play this season and rightfully so. He has a 29-18-4 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a night off on Sunday, which means he’ll start three consecutive home games starting Tuesday.
Connor Hellebuyck-Winnipeg Jets
Schedule: Sun vs. FLA, Tue vs. LAK, Fri at STL, Sat at DAL
The Jets goalie has won back-to-back games and four of his last six. He has a 30-8-8 record with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season. He’ll likely get two starts at home before the Jets hit the road at the end of the week.
Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals
Schedule: Mon at BUF, Tue vs. TB, Thu at FLA, Sat vs. BUF
The Capitals were play three games this week and three of those four contests will be against non-playoff teams. Holtby hasn’t suffered a regulation loss in each of his last four games (2-0-2). He has a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury-Vegas Golden Knights
Schedule: Mon vs. ANA, Wed vs. CGY, Fri vs. VAN
Fleury comes into this weekend’s action having won back-to-back games and three of his last four. He has an 18-6-2 record with a 2.03 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage this season. The Golden Knights have been dominant at home this season, so they should have a strong week.
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Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Tue at WSH, Thu at OTT, Sat at MTL
Vasilevskiy and the Bolts will spend the entire week on the road, but that shouldn’t stop them from collecting points. Tuesday’s clash against Washington is the toughest matchup of the three. They’ll also get two games against the lowly Sens and struggling Canadiens.
Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators
Schedule: Mon vs. OTT, Tue at DET, Thu vs. SJ
The Predators will have a busy start to their week, as they’ll play three games in four days, but things will quiet down on Friday and Saturday. Expect Rinne to be between the pipes in the two home games against Ottawa and San Jose.
Matt Murray-Pittsburgh Penguins
Schedule: Sun at CBJ, Fri at CAR, Sat at FLA
The only thing that could hold Murray from being a great option next week is his schedule. The Penguins will play three road games, but that shouldn’t stop them from having success. Murray will likely start two of his team’s three contests. He has a 21-12-2 record. He’s also 7-0-1 in his last eight decisions.
Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins
Schedule: Mon at CGY, Tue at EDM, Sat at TOR
The Bruins are too hot to ignore right now. Even though their schedule isn’t ideal, they should be able to come away with some points over the next week. Don’t be surprised if Rask gets two starts while Anton Khudobin gets one.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Tue at PHI, Thu vs. NYR, Sat vs. TB
It’s been a really rough year for Price, so expecting a turnaround next week is wishful thinking at this point. He has a 15-21-5 record with a mediocre 2.97 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage. The team in front of him hasn’t been good, but he needs to be a lot better.
Henrik Lundqvist-New York Rangers
Schedule: Sun vs. PHI, Thu at MTL, Fri vs. MIN
The Rangers have embraced the tank, so don’t expect their players to be able to come away with many wins down the stretch. Lundqvist enters this weekend’s action with just two wins in his last 10 outings.
Robin Lehner-Buffalo Sabres
Schedule: Mon vs. WSH, Thu at DET, Sat at WSH
The Sabres have consistently been one of the worst teams in the league all season and that should continue down the stretch. Lehner can’t be trusted in the deepest of fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Jacob Markstrom-Vancouver Canucks
Schedule: Tue vs. COL, Fri at VGK
Markstrom enters the week having lost four of his last five games. He’s also given up four goals in three of those five outings. With the Canucks only having two games on the schedule next week, it’ll be impossible to trust Markstrom.