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 Nov. 26-Dec. 2
Pekka Rinne-Nashville Predators
Schedule: Sun at CAR, Tue vs. CHI, Thu vs. VAN, Sat vs. ANA
Rinne is arguably the top play of the week for goalies. The Predators have at least one day between each game and they have three of their four contests coming at home. Rinne has a won four games in a row and eight of his last nine.
Mike Smith-Calgary Flames
Schedule: Tue vs. TOR, Thu vs. ARZ, Sat vs. EDM
Smith is coming off an ugly loss to the Dallas Stars, but he should be able to rebound nicely next week. The Flames goalie has an 11-7-1 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. All three of Calgary’s games will be on home ice.
Roberto Luongo-Florida Panthers
Schedule: Mon at NJ, Tue at NYR, Fri vs. SJ, Sat at CAR
There’s a decent chance Luongo will only get two starts next week, but he’s playing so well lately that his performances are hard to ignore. Luongo has won four of his last five games and he’s held the opposition to one goal or less in three of those contests. He’ll be a risky play, but there’s upside there.
Sergei Bobrovsky-Columbus Blue Jackets
Schedule: Mon at MTL, Tue vs. CAR, Fri vs. ANA, Sat at WSH
Bobrovsky enters this weekend riding a six-game winning streak. What makes that accomplishment even more impressive, is that he’s given up two goals or less in each of those games. Even though there’s back-to-back games coming up for Columbus twice this week, don’t be surprised if he makes three starts. Bobrovsky has clearly been their MVP so far this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy-Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Tue at BUF, Wed at BOS, Sat vs. SJ
Vasilevskiy will probably get just two starts during the upcoming week, but it’s hard not to put him on this list with the season he’s having. He currently owns a 15-3-1 record with a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage. The fact that he’s lost two of his last three games shouldn’t concern you.
Braden Holtby-Washington Capitals
Schedule: Thu vs. LAK, Sat vs. CBJ
Holtby and the Capitals will enjoy a few days between games (Saturday to Wednesday), which should do them some good. Their matchups aren’t easy, but they’ve been playing better of late. Holtby has eight wins in his last 10 outings.
Carey Price-Montreal Canadiens
Schedule: Mon vs. CBJ, Wed vs. OTT, Thu at DET, Sat vs. DET
Price is making his way back from a lower-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for three weeks. We’ll see how tonight’s start against Buffalo goes, but with three home games and a road game on the schedule next week, there’s at least a chance that he could be a decent fantasy option.
Anton Khudobin-Boston Bruins
Schedule: Sun vs. EDM, Wed vs. TB, Sat at PHI
It’s incredible to think that Khudobin has fantasy value while Tuukka Rask is healthy and just waiting to play. The Bruins have decided to go with Khudobin over the last four games and he’s come away with victories in each one of those outings. Can he keep rolling? Probably not all season, but he can do a bit of damage next week.
Craig Anderson-Ottawa Senators
Schedule: Wed at MTL, Fri at NYI
It’s the second week in a row that Anderson finds himself on this portion of the list. The last couple of weeks have been tough for the Senators, as they’ve dropped each of their five games since returning from their trip to Sweden. Things won’t get much easier this week. They’ll hit the road for a pair of games in Montreal and Brooklyn. Stay Away.
Scott Wedgewood-Arizona Coyotes
Schedule: Tue at EDM, Thu at CGY, Sat vs. NJD
The Coyotes have been getting more wins lately, but that’s unlikely to continue. With Antti Raanta injured, Wedgewood will get more starts. Unfortunately, he probably won’t provide fantasy GMs with much value. Their upcoming schedule isn’t easy either.
Robin Lehner-Buffalo Sabres
Schedule: Tue vs. TB, Fri vs. PIT, Sat at PIT
Buffalo’s upcoming schedule will be far from easy. They’ll host Tampa and Pittsburgh before heading on the road to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Lehner is a player to avoid in fantasy next week.