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Philipp Grubauer
In The Crease

Grubauer Looks Great

by Joey Alfieri
Updated On: December 7, 2019, 11:38 am ET

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Dec. 9-15

Great Options

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets

Schedule: Tue vs. DET, Thu at DET, Sun vs. PHI

Hellebuyck’s play has him in the early Vezina Trophy discussion. The 26-year-old is riding a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and he owns a 2.20 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage this season.

Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals

Schedule: Mon vs. CBJ, Wed vs. BOS, Sat at TB

The 30-year-old heads into the weekend riding a three-game winning streak. There’s a couple of tough matchups against Boston and a struggling Tampa Bay team, but Holtby should be able to create enough fantasy value.

Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins

Schedule: Mon at OTT, Wed at WSH, Thu at TB, Sat at FLA

The Bruins are going to have a big week on the road, but they’ve been so good that they’re impossible to ignore. Rask gets plenty of rest because Jaroslav Halak plays regularly, but he’s still third in the league in victories.

Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche

Schedule: Mon vs. CGY, Wed vs. PHI, Fri vs. NJ

Grubauer was rested in Colorado’s last game against Montreal, but he’s still riding a personal three-game winning streak. He has a 10-5-2 record with a 2.75 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Grubauer’s fantasy stock next week.

Good Options

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

Schedule: Mon vs. NYI, Tue at FLA, Thu vs. BOS, Sat vs. WSH

The Lightning aren’t themselves and neither is Vasilevskiy. The 25-year-old has a 10-8-1 record with a 3.01 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage thiss season. He has to turn it around at some point, right? There’s still plenty of time for him to get his season back on the rails.

Darcy Kuemper – Arizona Coyotes

Schedule: Tue vs. CGY, Thu vs. CHI, Sat vs. NJ

Kuemper owns the best save percentage in the NHL among goalies that have played more than two games. He has a favorable schedule on tap and he’s playing well, so there’s a good chance we’re under-selling him because he plays on an Arizona team that doesn’t get much coverage.

Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins

Schedule: Tue vs. PIT, Thu vs. CBJ, Sat vs. LAK

The Penguins are battling through some injury adversity right now, but Jarry’s given them a chance to win in recent games. He’s won five of his last six games and he’s given up two goals or fewer in each of those victories. Jarry’s wrestling the starting job from Matt Murray.

Alex Stalock – Minnesota Wild

Schedule: Tue vs. ANA, Thu vs. EDM, Sat vs. PHI, Sun at CHI

Believe it or not, Stalock and the Wild have put together an incredibly impressive run. The Wild are 8-0-3 in their least 11 games and Stalock’s been excellent since Devan Dubnyk left the team for personal reasons. Stalock is worth playing next week.

Bad Options

Frederik Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs

Schedule: Tue at VAN, Thu at CGY, Sat at EDM

Look, Andersen isn’t a fantasy player you need to completely avoid, but he’s not a great option. The Leafs aren’t playing overly well right now and they’re hitting the road to play some tough games in Western Canada.

Joonas Korpisalo – Columbus Blue Jackets

Schedule: Mon at WSH, Thu at PIT, Sat at OTT

The 25-year-old has dropped three of his last four games and next week’s schedule isn’t too promising. The Blue Jackets netminder isn’t a recommended fantasy going forward. In fairness to Korpisalo, he’s managed to win 11 games this season. Surely, you can find better options at this position next week though.

Mackenzie Blackwood – New Jersey Devils

Schedule: Tue at DAL, Fri at COL, Sat at ARZ

The Devils are a mess. They’ve fired their head coach, they’ll unload star winger Taylor Hall in the near future and they’re just not as good as some predicted them to be. Blackwood isn’t a bad goalie, but he just can’t be relied upon to deliver good fantasy results.