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In The Crease

Keep Going with Grubauer

by Anna Dua
Updated On: March 27, 2021, 6:22 pm ET

Week of March 29 – April 4

Great Options

Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche: Grubauer has to be the hottest goalie in the NHL as of now. He is riding an impressive eight-game win streak, and during that stretch he has picked up three shutouts. During his streak in the games he did not post a shutout, the maximum amount of goals he allowed was one. He has really found some serious stride and is making his Vezina case stronger game after game. The 29-year-old netminder has a record of 20-7-0, with a save percentage of .931 and GAA of 1.69. He has the second-highest save percentage of any goalie in the league with 10 or more games played, along with the lowest GAA.

Ilya Samsonov – Washington Capitals: Samsonov seems to be determined to keep his spot in the Washington crease with the way he has been playing as of late. After an uncertain and obstacle-filled start to the season, Samsonov’s fantasy value plummeted, but now it is once again on the rise. The young goalie has won five of his past six starts. He is also coming off a shutout against the New Jersey Devils and seems ready to keep this momentum rolling. The Capitals goalie has a record of 7-1-1, with a GAA of 2.22 and a save percentage of .917.

Semyon Varlamov – New York Islanders: Although Varlamov picked up two tough losses this past week, he still has been having a great year regardless. He has won five of his past seven contests. His current record sits at 14-6-3 and he has a save percentage of .923 with a GAA of 2.20. He will look to build some momentum as the Islanders play the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers this upcoming week.

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets: The Jets goalie is currently on a three-game win streak, which includes one shutout. He has also posted a save percentage above .900 is each of his past six consecutive games. After this past week, his record improved to 16-9-2. He also has acquired a GAA of 2.63 and a save percentage of .917 so far this season. Hellebuyck seems to have found some renewed solidity and is a great option for this upcoming week, as the Jets will face off against the Calgary Flames, the Toronto Maple Leafs twice, and the Vancouver Canucks.

Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarry seems to have finally found his stride as of late. The 25-year-old netminder has only one regulation loss in his past seven appearances. He has racked up a record of 13-8-2, with a save percentage of .909 and a GAA of 2.82. The goalie has picked up wins against tough opponents, such as, the Boston Bruins. This showcases how much his game has evolved since even the beginning of this year. Jarry has also posted a save percentage above .900 is his last six games.

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Good Options

Kaapo Kahkonen – Minnesota Wild: Kahkonen has been having a great year so far, but the reason he slips into the good column this week is because he is coming off arguably one of his worst losses of the season this past week on March 20th against the Colorado Avalanche. During that game he gave up six goals, the most goals he has allowed during any game this season. Kahkonen is still young and has yet to play a game since that loss, so it is uncertain if he will be able to immediately bounce back. At the same time, he was on an impressive nine-game win streak before that loss, which solidifies him as a good option regardless.

Jack Campbell – Toronto Maple Leafs: It is clear that Campbell has been proving himself to the Maple Leafs and the 29-year-old goalie picked up two big wins this past week. One was a 31-save shutout against the Calgary Flames. Campbell has yet to lose in any of his appearances, and has a record of 5-0-0. He has a save percentage of .958 and a GAA of 1.18. In fact, when considering goalies who have played at least five games, Campbell has the best save percentage and GAA in the league. The only reason he is in the good and not great column is because of the limited ice time he has had this year. It will be interesting to see how many starts he gets this upcoming week and if he is able to continue to build upon his current momentum. However, in a daily fantasy situation Campbell is a great option.

Editors Note: There is a quadruple header Sunday with the New York Rangers playing in Washington at 12:00 pm ET on NBC. Livestream the game here. The remaining three games are on NBCSN starting with Columbus in Detroit at 3:00 pm ET, while Boston entertains New Jersey at 5:30 pm ET and Nashville is in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks at 8:00 pm ET in the finale. Livestream the games here.

Bad Options

Carter Hart - Philadelphia Flyers: This past week just added to an already rough season for Carter Hart. He picked up three consecutive losses, allowing at least four goals in each of them. The 22-year-old netminder is not having the best season, to say the least, as his record sits at 8-9-3. He has a save percentage of .869, along with an incredibly high GAA of 4.04. It is beyond evident through his past few seasons and junior career that he has a lot of promise, but something just is not clicking this year. It will be tough for the Flyers to even stick with Hart with the way he is playing. He regularly posts save percentages below .800 and struggles to keep his single-game goals against total below three or four. Maybe he will turn things around late in the season, but until then he is a goalie to definitely avoid in any fantasy situation.

Jacob Markstrom – Calgary Flames: Markstrom currently has a record of 12-11-2, with a save percentage of .904 and a GAA of 2.85. His GAA is on the higher side, but overall it is not necessarily Markstrom’s individual performance that lands him in the avoid column this week. The Calgary Flames as a team are struggling to find some cohesive dynamic. They have all the potential to be a great team, yet they keep coming out of games with losses. This past week Markstrom picked up three losses in-a-row. Until the rest of his team becomes more reliable, his numbers will continue to be negatively impacted. This week the Flames will play the Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Most of those teams are tough opponents that will make it difficult for Markstrom to regain some good momentum this week, and thus he is an option to consider avoiding.

Anna Dua

Anna Dua is from Virginia and grew up playing and coaching hockey. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Sport Media at Ryerson University. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @annanoelledua.