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In The Crease

A Quick Study

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 Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Great Options

Jonathan Quick-Los Angeles Kings


Schedule: Mon at STL, Thu vs. TOR, Sat vs. NSH


Quick’s schedule isn’t the easiest, but he’s been too good to ignore this season. He’s coming off a fantastic 40-save shutout in Montreal and he should have no problem piling up the victories. The Kings goalie has a 6-1-1 record with a sparkling 1.88 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this season.


Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets


Schedule: Mon vs. BOS, Thu at FLA, Sat at TB


Bobrovsky has made eight appearances this season and he’s given up two goals or less in six of those games. The Blue Jackets goaltender heads into the weekend with a solid 1.86 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage.


Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning


Schedule: Mon at FLA, Thu vs. NYR, Sat vs. CBJ


Vasilevskiy has arguably been the top goalie in the league this season. The 23-year-old has rattled off an impressive eight straight games and he’s given up two goals or less in six consecutive games. Vasilevskiy will suit up in at least two of Tampa’s three games (he could get all three starts). He’s a must-start whenever he’s between the pipes.


Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators


Schedule: Mon vs. MTL, Thu vs. DET, Sat vs. VGK


Anderson’s individual numbers are a little underwhelming (2.67 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage), but he’s still managed to put together a 4-1-3 record. He’ll have three home starts against two bad teams (Montreal, Detroit) and an expansion team. He’ll have a great opportunity to put up strong fantasy numbers.


Good Options           


Jake Allen-St. Louis Blues


Schedule: Mon vs. LAK, Thu vs. PHI, Sat vs. TOR


Allen is 2-0-1 in his last three games and he’s given up two goals or less in five of eight games this season. The Blues’ upcoming schedule is pretty tough, but it’s a good sign that all three of their games are at home.


John Gibson-Anaheim Ducks


Schedule: Sun at CAR, Wed vs. TOR, Fri vs. NSH, Sat at SJ


Gibson is coming off an ugly performance against Florida that saw him allow six goals on just 17 shots. In fairness to the Ducks goalie, it was the first time he had given up more than two goals in a game since Oct. 7 (six games). Expect him to get the nod in three games this week.


Matt Murray-Pittsburgh Penguins


Schedule: Sun at WPG, Wed at EDM, Thu at CGY, Sat at VAN


Murray and the Penguins are off to Western Canada, which is far from an easy road trip. Still, it’s impossible to completely ignore what Murray’s done this season. The Penguins goalies has a 7-0-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season. His individual numbers aren’t great, but he’s been an important part of Pittsburgh’s success.


Tuukka Rask-Boston Bruins


Schedule: Mon at CBJ, Thu vs. VGK, Sat vs. WSH


Rask has missed a good chunk of time with a concussion, but he’s going to start on Saturday night. The Bruins goalie has a 1-3-0 record with a 3.30 goals-against-average and a .882 save percentage this season. With two games at home next week, he should be a strong fantasy option.


Bad Options

Jimmy Howard-Detroit Red Wings


Schedule: Tue vs. ARZ, Thu at OTT, Sun at EDM


The Red Wings are currently riding a six-game losing streak, which isn’t good for a goalies fantasy value. They’ll have a winnable game against Arizona on Tuesday, but they might be light on victories the rest of the week. It’s hard to trust Howard or backup goalie Petr Mrazek right now.


Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens


Schedule: Mon at OTT, Thu @ MIN, Sat @ WPG, Sun @ CHI


The Canadiens have four games next week which should be good for their goalie’s fantasy value, but it’s nearly impossible to trust him right now. Price isn’t playing well and his team isn’t scoring much. That’s a horrible combination. Price has a 2-6-1 record with a 3.60 goals-against-average and a .887 save percentage this season. His numbers will get better eventually, but he’s had a disappointing season so far.


Louis Domingue-Arizona Coyotes


Schedule: Mon at PHI, Tue at DET, Thu vs. BUF, Sat vs. CAR


The Coyotes still haven’t won their first game of the 2017-18 season, but it’ll come eventually (we hope). Unfortunately for the ‘Yotes, they probably won’t be victorious too many times this season, which means their goalies can’t be trusted in any fantasy league.


Henrik Lundqvist-New York Rangers


Schedule: Tue vs. VGK, Thu at TB, Sat at FLA


Lundqvist’s season is off to a horrible start. He has a 2-4-2 record with a 3.12 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season. He’s been so disappointing that the team is giving Ondrej Pavelec a second consecutive start this weekend. Stay away from King Henrik.