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Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators:
Schedule: Mon at DET, Thu at COL, Sat at SJ
The Predators will play three road games next week, but matchups against Detroit and San Jose are more than winnable. The 36-year-old still has no regulation losses through nine decisions (he’s 7-0-2).
Petr Mrazek – Carolina Hurricanes
Schedule: Tue at PHI, Thu vs. NYR, Sat at OTT
Mrazek comes into this weekend riding a three-game winning streak. He’s dropped just two decisions all year (one in overtime, one in regulation) which makes him a great fantasy play so far. He owns a 7-1-1 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.
Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks:
Schedule: Tue vs. STL, Thu at CHI, Fri at WPG, Sun vs. NJ
Markstrom hasn’t suffered a regulation defeat since his second outing of the season. He’s not one of the best goalies in the league, but his schedule sets up nicely for his fantasy outlook. Look for him to deliver a strong fantasy performance over the next seven days.
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens:
Schedule: Tue vs. BOS, Thu at PHI, Sat vs. LAK
We got it wrong last week. We expected Price and the Habs to struggle out west and they delivered instead. Price’s schedule won’t be easy next week, but he’ll provide some strong value to his fantasy owners.
Thomas Greiss – New York Islanders:
Schedule: Tue vs. OTT, Thu vs. PIT, Sat vs. FLA
Alright, the Islanders are rolling, but this goalie situation is less than ideal for fantasy purposes. Head coach Barry Trotz seems to rotate his goalies every game, so by that logic we’re assuming Varlamov starts Saturday against Buffalo, Greiss starts Tuesday against Ottawa, Varlamov goes again on Thursday, and Greiss plays next Saturday. If that’s how it plays it, Griess will be the better option. Again, we’re assuming that’s how the goalie schedule will play out.
John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks
Schedule: Tue vs. MIN, Sun vs. EDM
The Ducks will get a nice break between home games this week, as they only play Tuesday and Sunday. Gibson has a 6-6 record this year, but it’s tough to pin that on him. He’s coming into this week with back-to-back wins under his belt.
Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets
Schedule: Tue vs. NJ, Fri vs. VAN, Sun vs. DAL
The Jets have their issues on defense, but if they keep getting 50-plus save performances from Hellebuyck they’ll be fine (they won’t keep getting those). The Jets aren’t dominant anymore, but they have a manageable home schedule next week.
Cory Schneider- New Jersey Devils
Schedule: Tue at WPG, Thu at CGY, Fri at EDM, Sun at VAN
Schneider hasn’t been good this year, last year and the year before that. He’s really struggling and actually took responsibility for his team’s loss to the Lightning last week. Maybe he’ll get back on track soon, but we wouldn’t bet on it.
Ben Bishop – Dallas Stars
Schedule: Tue vs. COL, Sun at WPG
Bishop hasn’t been good of late. He was pulled against Pittsburgh after allowing two goals on 10 shots and he was given a rest in Colorado on Friday night. The Stars will have a second matchup against the Avs before hitting the road for Winnipeg. Better days are ahead for him, but he needs to show us he can get out of this funk.
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