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In The Crease

Flower Power

by Joey Alfieri

In the Crease is back for the 2018-19 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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Monday Nov. 26-Dec. 2


Great Options


Pekka Rinne -Nashville Predators: Juuse Saros is coming off an ugly performance against St. Louis on Friday night, so Rinne might get a stretch of games here. The Preds will play all three of next week’s games at Bridgestone Arena, as they’ll host Colorado, Arizona and Chicago. Rinne owns a 9-2-1 record with a 1.66 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this season.


Marc-Andre Fleury-Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights have three road games on the schedule, but they’ll come against three non-playoff teams in Chicago, Vancouver and Edmonton. Believe it or not, only Frederik Andersen has more wins than Fleury this season. That’s pretty good considering Vegas slumped out of the gate.


Louis Domingue- Tampa Bay Lighting: Domingue has been forced to take over as the starting netminder in Tampa because of an injury to Andrei Vasilevskiy. He isn’t the most talented netminder, but he’s playing in front of the best team in the Eastern Conference. The Bolts have home games against the Ducks and Sabres before they take on the Panthers in Florida on the weekend.


Frederik Andersen- Toronto Maple Leafs: Andersen continues to lead the NHL in victories.

Even though he’s coming off back-to-back losses, he should have no trouble getting himself back on track. The schedule also sets up nicely for him next week, as the Leafs have home dates against the Bruins and Sharks before they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on the weekend.


Good Options


Jimmy Howard- Detroit Red Wings: The 34-year-old is going into this weekend having won six of his last seven games. The Wings will have home games against Columbus and St. Louis to start the week, and they’ll play weekend games in Boston and at home against Colorado. Howard’s quietly put together a solid year.


Devan Dubnyk- Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk’s numbers aren’t spectacular, but he’s been relatively consistent all season. He owns a 2.48 goals-against-average, a .921 save percentage and a 9-5-2 record. The Wild have a home date against the Coyotes early in the week before they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Thursday. They’ll return home to host Toronto on Saturday night. It’s not an easy schedule, but Dubnyk will come away with some fantasy points.


Carter Hutton- Buffalo Sabres: The only reason Hutton is in the “good” portion of the list is because of the Sabres’ upcoming schedule. They have three games in four nights from Tuesday through Friday, which means that Hutton will likely make just two appearances next week. He and his team have been terrific during a seven-game winning streak, so there’s reason for optimism from a fantasy perspective.


Connor Hellebuyck- Winnipeg Jets: The Jets haven’t been as dominant as many expected them to be in 2018-19, but they should be able to figure things out soon enough. They’ll host struggling Pittsburgh and Chicago teams to start the week before they head off to New Jersey to take on the Devils next weekend. That’s a pretty nice schedule.


Bad Options


James Reimer- Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo was forced to leave Friday’s game against Carolina, and that’s terrible news for the Panthers. Reimer just isn’t able to give them the same kind of goaltending. Even though Florida will play four home games next week, it’s difficult to trust Reimer.

Craig Anderson- Ottawa Senators: The Senators continue to be a mess in their own end. They allow opponents to take an obscene amount of shots on goal, which leads to more goals for the opposition. The Sens will start the week on the road in New York (Rangers) and Philadelphia. They’ll return home later on in the week to host the Rangers and Sharks. It’s not Anderson’s fault that he can’t be trusted in fantasy, but that’s the case right now.  

Keith Kinkaid- New Jersey Devils: Kinkaid hasn’t suffered a regulation loss in any of his last five games, but he’s looked shaky in goal at times. The 29-year-old has a 9-5-3 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. The Devils will play Florida on Monday in the second of back-to-back games in the state of Florida. They’ll have to travel to Washington on Friday before hosting the Jets on Saturday. Not only is that a tough schedule for Kinkaid, but you’d have to imagine that Cory Schneider is going to play at some point, too.