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.
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Feb. 4 – Feb. 10
Andrei Vasilevskiy- Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts will not have to leave their home state this week, as they’ll play host to Vegas, St. Louis and Pittsburgh before heading to Florida to take on the Panthers on Sunday. Vasilevskiy has three shutouts in his last eight games. He’s a top fantasy option most weeks.
Frederik Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs: Andersen has dropped two of his last three games, but he should be able to get back on track next week. The Leafs will have home dates against the Ducks and Sens before they hit the road for a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday in Montreal and New York. Look for Andersen to make three starts.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators: Rinne’s been given back-to-back games off, but he should be back between the pipes sooner than later. The Preds will play Arizona and Dallas at home before playing a home-and-home series against the Blues.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: Holtby and the Caps have been struggling of late, but they managed to come away with a last-minute win against the Calgary Flames on Friday. They’ll get home games against Vancouver, Colorado and Florida next week, so they should be able to accumulate victories.
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens: After a sluggish month of November, Price has been terrific over the last two months. The Habs will play all of their games at home next week, as they’ll host Anaheim, Winnipeg and Toronto. It’s far from an easy schedule, but Price should be able to get you some fantasy points.
Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins: Murray has won two of his last three games and he was given Friday night off. He has a 15-7-1 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season. The Pens will host Carolina before going on the road to take on Florida and Tampa Bay.
Robin Lehner – New York Islanders: Lehner has given up just six goals in his last five outings, which is really impressive. He didn’t play in Friday’s 1-0 loss to Tampa, but he should be back in goal soon. The Isles will play in Boston and New Jersey before coming back home to Colorado and Minnesota. At worst, he and Thomas Greiss will get two starts each.
Ben Bishop – Dallas Stars: Bishop comes into this weekend having won three straight games. He owns an 18-12-2 record with a 2.25 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this season. The Stars will play the Coyotes twice and the Preds once next week.
Martin Jones- San Jose Sharks: The Sharks will hit the road next week, as they’ll travel through Western Canada to take on Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. If we take a look at Jones’ splits this season, he’s been way better at home than on the road. Away from home, he owns a 9-7-1 record with a 3.59 goals-against-average and a .880 save percentage.
Petr Mrazek – Carolina Hurricanes: The ‘Canes have been pretty good, but their upcoming schedule is going to be tough. They’ll play four games next week and they’ll all be on the road. They’ll head to Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New York (Rangers) and New Jersey. Coming up with wins probably won’t be easy.
Anders Nilsson – Ottawa Senators: Nilsson has won four of his last six games but expect that run to come to an end soon. The Sens will play in Toronto and at home to the Ducks on back-to-back nights. They’ll also host Winnipeg on the weekend. That’s rough.