Week of April 19-25
Robin Lehner – Vegas Golden Knights: Lehner has yet to pick up even a single regulation loss since he returned to the Vegas lineup. He has a season record of 10-1-2 and is currently riding a four-game win streak. During that stretch he also picked up a shutout on April 16th against the Anaheim Ducks, his first shutout of the season. When he was returning to the Vegas roster, there were questions about how much he would be able to play given that Marc-Andre Fleury had been posting phenomenal numbers in his absence. However, Lehner has completely reintegrated himself in the Golden Knights netminder situation and is a must-start every night he plays.
Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: Fleury’s fantasy value undoubtedly took a slight hit after Robin Lehner returned, and his stats dropped from the way he was playing back in late February and early March. However, as of late Fleury is once again posting great performances. He picked up a shutout against the Arizona Coyotes on April 11th and won both of his past two games. Additionally, even when the scoreboard at the end of the night shows a loss, Fleury has consistently been playing well. He has secured a save percentage above .900 in five of his past six appearances. The 36-year-old netminder has a save percentage of .925 and a GAA of 2.09 this season. It is clear that Vegas has the best one-two punch in the goaltending position in the entire league as of now.
Petr Mrazek – Carolina Hurricanes: If there were any questions about Mrazek being able to maintain his level of play after returning from injury, those are all most definitely dispelled. He has not picked up a regulation loss since his return to the Hurricanes lineup. Mrazek has by far the lowest GAA in the league with 1.41. Furthermore, when considering netminders who have had at least five starts, Mrazek has the highest save percentage with .944. As the Hurricanes make a push to secure the top spot in the Central, expect Mrazek to continue racking up great stats.
Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins: Earlier in the year Jarry had a major problem with consistency, but as of late that has turned around and he cracks the great option column for the first time this season. He only has one regulation loss in his past 13 appearances. Also, in his last 12 starts he has only posted a save percentage under .900 once. The 25-year-old has a record of 17-8-3, with a save percentage of .909 and a GAA of 2.77. His GAA is still a little high, but it has improved tremendously from where it was at earlier this season.
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Vitek Vanecek – Washington Capitals: Vanecek is playing some decent hockey as of late, as he has only failed to crack a save percentage of .900 once in his past five appearances. He had a rough game on April 15th against the Buffalo Sabres, when he allowed four goals on 21 shots and finished with a save percentage of .810. However, he will look to bounce back from that in the latter part of this next week when the Capitals play the New York Islanders twice. He has a record of 17-8-3, with a GAA of 2.69 and a save percentage of .911.
Jack Campbell – Toronto Maple Leafs: Jack Campbell’s level of play from the start of the season through the beginning of April seemed too good to be true, and his last two games have proved that assumption correct. He is currently riding two back-to-back losses and in his game on April 15th against the Winnipeg Jets, he posted an ice time of only 13:49 before getting pulled after he allowed three goals on six shots. He has a record of 11-2-0, with a save percentage of .922 and a GAA of 2.19. Campbell has a strong team around him and thus, these past two games could get be outliers and that is why he is still worth rolling the dice on this upcoming week.
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John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: Gibson just cannot catch a break, and one of his biggest liabilities has nothing to do with his individual performance. The Anaheim Ducks as a team are unable to support Gibson at all, and the best example of this is his last game against the Vegas Golden Knights on April 16th. Gibson made 47 saves on 51 shots and posted a save percentage of .922 in that matchup. However, the Ducks still lost 4-0 since Anaheim put only 16 shots on the Vegas net and so the game was incredibly lopsided. This is problem that Gibson faces night after night, so he is an option to avoid, but not because of any fault of his own as of now.
Kaapo Kahkonen – Minnesota Wild: Kahkonen has not played a game since April 9th against the St. Louis Blues, where he allowed nine goals and posted a save percentage of .763. He has a record of 12-7-0, with a save percentage of .909 and a GAA of 2.69. It is interesting to note how fast Kahkonen’s season turned around, as he was on a nine-game win streak and then all of a sudden no longer gets starts. As a result, Kahkonen is an option to avoid since it is unclear what his role with the Wild is heading into the latter portion of this season. However, Kahkonen has proved this year that he has the ability to post great stats, so do not discount him all together.
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