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.
Week of Oct. 22-28
Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Tue at CAR, Thu vs. DET, Sat vs. ANA
Vasilevskiy might not have the best numbers in the league, but he’s been one of the better goalies in the NHL this season. He’s going into Saturday’s action having won five consecutive games. He owns a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage in 2017-18.
Matt Murray-Pittsburgh Penguins
Schedule: Tue vs. EDM, Thu vs. WPG, Sat at MIN, Sun at WPG
Despite having a poor 3.35 goals-against-average and a .896 save percentage, Murray still finds himself with a 5-0-1 record. He’s given up three goals or more in each of his last three victories, which is less than ideal, but he’ll continue to be one of the best fantasy options at his position.
Frederik Andersen-Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Mon vs. LAK, Thu vs. CAR, Sat vs. PHI
The Maple Leafs have been one of the top teams in the league so far this season, and that’s great news for Andersen’s fantasy stock. The fact that they’re playing on a three-game homestand should only help him. Andersen has a 5-1-0 record with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage this season. Those numbers will only get better as the season goes on.
Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets
Schedule: Wed vs. BUF, Fri vs. WPG, Sat at STL
On Thursday night, the Lightning handed Bobrovsky his first loss of the season. It’s hard to blame him for the defeat considering he only gave up two goals. Bobrovsky has a 4-1-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage in 2017-18.
Corey Crawford-Chicago Blackhawks
Schedule: Tue at VGK, Fri vs. NSH, Sat at COL
Crawford goes into tonight’s action having lost two of his last three games. He was given the night off in Thursday’s game against Edmonton, so he should be fresh against Arizona tonight. Crawford remains a solid fantasy option. He’s in this category instead of the great one because he’ll likely only play in two games next week.
Cam Talbot-Edmonton Oilers
Schedule: Tue at PIT, Thu vs. DAL, Sat vs. WSH
The Oilers aren’t off to the start many expected, but there’s still plenty of reason for optimism. Their schedule won’t be easy this week, but the Oilers have talent to hang with the best of them. At the time of this writing, Talbot has a 2-3-0 record with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage.
Devan Dubnyk-Minnesota Wild
Schedule: Tue vs. VAN, Thu vs. NYI, Sat vs. PIT
The Wild are off to a mediocre start. They weren’t as good as they were at this time last year, but they can be better. Dubnyk will head into this weekend’s action with a 1-2-1 record, a 3.80 goals-against-average and a .888 save percentage. All three of Minnesota’s games will be at home next week, so that helps, too.
Jake Allen-St. Louis Blues
Schedule: Wed vs. CGY, Fri at CAR, Sat vs. CBJ
Allen has dropped two of his last three games, but he’s managed to give up two goals in two of those three starts. He currently owns a 2.80 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage this season. His schedule isn’t ideal, but he’ll likely get an opportunity to start two home games against two good teams.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Tue vs. FLA, Thu vs. LAK, Sat vs. NYR
The Canadiens will be on a three-game homestand next week, but none of their players can be trusted in fantasy, including Price. He’ll likely turn his season around at some point, it just doesn’t appear to be imminent. Price has looked as out of sorts as his teammates have this season, which is concerning. He owns a 1-5-1 record with a 3.94 goals-against-average and a .881 save percentage.
Malcolm Subban-Vegas Golden Knights
Schedule: Tue vs. CHI, Fri vs. COL
The Golden Knights have arguably been the biggest surprise of the season thus far. Even after they lost Marc-Andre Fleury to a concussion, they’ve still be winning. Subban has a 2-0-0 since taking over for Fleury. It’s hard to imagine that continuing going forward.
Adin Hill/Antti Raanta/Louis Domingue-Arizona Coyotes
Schedule: Tue at NYI, Thu at NYR, Sat at NJ
It doesn’t matter who’s in nets for the Coyotes, none of them are going to be good fantasy options. Raanta’s been out with an injury, and things haven’t improved during his absence. The Coyotes are still young, so there’s probably better days ahead, they just won’t come this season. Stay away.
Keith Kinkaid-New Jersey Devils
Schedule: Fri vs. OTT, Sat vs. ARZ
Kinkaid has proven to be a solid backup goaltender in the NHL, but now that Cory Schneider’s been placed on the injured list with a lower-body injury, there’s reason to doubt that he can handle a heavier workload. The Devils are off to a good start, just don’t be surprised if things start to fall apart without Schneider.