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Jan. 27 – Feb. 2
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning
Schedule: Mon at DAL, Wed at LAK, Fri at ANA, Sat at SJ
Yes, Vasilevskiy and the Bolts will be on the road on the West Coast for most of the upcoming week, but they’ve been playing really well as of late. No goaltender has more wins than the Russian netminder and his fantasy stock shouldn’t dip anytime soon.
Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues
Schedule: Mon at VAN, Tue at CGY, Fri at EDM, Sat at WPG
Like Vasilevskiy and the Bolts, the Blues will come out of the All-Star break with a nice road trip. Binnington has a 22-8-5 record with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks
Schedule: Mon vs. STL, Wed at SJ, Sat at NYI, Sun at CAR
Markstrom comes out of the All-Star break with three wins in his last four games. He owns a 18-13-3 record and he should be between the pipes for three of Vancouver’s four games next week.
Frederik Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs
Schedule: Mon at NSH, Wed at DAL, Sat vs. OTT
Andersen has struggled for the last little while, but a bit of time off might get him back on track. He’s dropped back-to-back games and he’s lost three of his last four contests. The Leafs need their goalie to take his game to another level if they’re going to get back into the playoff picture.
Ben Bishop – Dallas Stars
Schedule: Mon vs. TB, Wed vs. TOR, Sat at NJ
The 33-year-old owns a 16-10-3 record with a 2.28 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this season. The Stars have given up the fewest amount of goals (120) in the league this season.
Petr Mrazek – Carolina Hurricanes
Schedule: Fri vs. VGK, Sun vs. VAN
The Hurricanes will get the benefit of having their “bye week” break after the All-Star game, so they won’t play until Friday. Mrazek could get two games against the Golden Knights and Canucks.
Ilya Samsonov – Washington Capitals
Schedule: Mon at MTL, Wed vs. NSH, Fri at OTT, Sun vs. PIT
Even if Samsonov and Braden Holtby split the workload next week, they can both have some fantasy value. The young Caps netminder is playing so well that he’s put himself in the Calder Trophy conversation. Samsonov has won each of his last 10 games and he hasn’t lost since Nov. 15.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators
Schedule: Mon vs. TOR, Wed at WSH, Thu at NJ, Sat vs. VGK
It’s been an up-and-down year for Rinne, so he’s a bit of a question mark coming out of the break. He has a 16-10-3 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage this season. He’s a risky play.
It’s difficult to rule out goalies when half the league is on their bye week. Many teams will only resume playing on Friday, so they’ll only play a game or two this week. If you have a goalie that has a chance to play two or three games for sure, you should give him an opportunity in your starting lineup.