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In The Crease

ITC: Christmas Fleury

by Joey Alfieri
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 Dec. 27-31

Great Options

Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning


Schedule: Thu vs. MTL, Fri vs. PHI, Sun at CBJ


Vasilevskiy comes into this weekend’s action having won six of his last seven contests. He has a 2.20 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage. Vasilevskiy currently leads the league in wins with 22.


Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets


Schedule: Wed at PIT, Fri at OTT, Sun vs. TB


Bobrovsky has dropped three in a row and four of his last five, but the Christmas break should do him some good. He has a 17-10-1 record with a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this season.


Connor Hellebuyck-Winnipeg Jets


Schedule: Wed vs. EDM, Fri vs. NYI, Sun at EDM


Hellebuyck is getting Saturday night off, so he’ll have an extended Christmas break. He should be fresh for next week’s contests. The Jets netminder has been terrific so far this season. He owns an 18-4-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage in 2017-18.


Cory Schneider-New Jersey Devils


Schedule: Wed vs. DET, Fri vs. BUF, Sat at WSH


Expect Schneider to get home starts against two mediocre teams in Buffalo and Detroit. Those two games alone set the Devils goaltender up for a nice week. He has a 15-6-4 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and .919 save percentage.


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Good Options

Jonathan Quick-Los Angeles Kings


Schedule: Thu vs. VGK, Sat at VAN


Quick has won back-to-back games over Philadelphia and Colorado. In both those outings, he only allowed one goal per game. He only has two potential starts next week, but a home date against Vegas and a trip to Vancouver are favorable matchups.


Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins


Schedule: Wed vs. OTT, Thu at WSH, Sat at OTT


The Bruins have a tough game against the Capitals on Thursday, but that’s sandwiched between two tilts against the beatable Senators. Rask hasn’t suffered a regulation loss in his last eight outings.


Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals


Schedule: Wed at NYR, Thu vs. BOS, Sat vs. NJ


Only Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has more wins than Holtby going into this weekend’s action. Holtby has a 20-7-0 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season. He’s a solid fantasy option.


Marc-Andre Fleury-Vegas Golden Knights


Schedule: Wed at ANA, Thu at LAK, Sat vs. TOR


Fleury has a 2-0-1 record since returning to the lineup from a concussion. His upcoming schedule won’t be easy, but the Golden Knights continue to surprise the hockey world, so don’t be shocked if he performs well after Christmas.


Bad Options

Jimmy Howard-Detroit Red Wings


Schedule: Wed at NJ, Fri vs. NYR, Sun vs. PIT


Two of Detroit’s three games will be played at home, but the team doesn’t win regularly enough to make Howard a good fantasy option. Howard comes into this weekend’s action having dropped four of his last five decisions.

Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators


Schedule: Wed at BOS, Fri vs. CBJ, Sat vs. BOS


Anderson will miss Saturday’s game because of an illness, so the break will allow him to get healthy. Unfortunately, he just hasn’t been great for the most part this season. He has just two wins in his last 11 decisions. Stay away.


Jacob Markstrom-Vancouver Canucks


Schedule: Thu vs. CHI, Sat vs. LAK


Markstrom has dropped four of his last five games between three and five goals in each of those outings. Even though the Canucks have two home games on the schedule next week, he can’t be trusted. You can do better for your fantasy team.