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.
Robin Lehner – New York Islanders: Need a big fantasy week from your goalie? Well, you should probably look at using Lehner then. The Isles have two games against the lowly Ottawa Senators on their schedule, which means positive results should come. They’ll also host the Flyers on the weekend.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy continues to be one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. The Bolts have all but clinched top spot in the league, but they’re still playing with a chip on their shoulder. The Bolts will play three home games against Winnipeg, Minnesota and Detroit next week.
Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets: The Jackets are in the thick of a playoff race, so they can’t take any games lightly. They’ll go on the road to take on the Devils on Tuesday before playing a home-and-home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and Saturday. Bobrovsky has three wins in his last four games.
Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins: Rask hasn’t dropped a game in regulation since Dec. 23. Yeah, that’s just crazy. The Bruins will host Carolina, Florida and Ottawa next week, which means there’s a great chance that Rask will walk away with some more victories over the next seven days.
Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks: The Sharks’ homestand continues with games against Montreal and St. Louis. Both teams won’t be easy outs, but the Sharks have what it takes to come away with wins. Jones is coming off a win over Colorado, but he’s given up three goals or more in each of his last three games.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators: The Predators only have two games on the schedule and they’ll both be played at Bridgestone Arena. The 36-year-old has dropped two of his last three games, but he could get back on track from a fantasy perspective next week.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: The Caps will have an interesting challenge ahead of them next week, as they’ll travel to Philadelphia to play the Flyers before returning home to host New Jersey and Winnipeg. Holtby has three wins in four games entering this weekend.
Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins: If the playoffs started today, the Penguins would not be in them. Thankfully for them, there’s still plenty of time for them to get themselves back into a top eight seed in the conference. They’ll need their goaltender to be a whole lot better though.