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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Monday Nov. 19-Sunday Nov. 25
Frederik Andersen- Toronto Maple Leafs: No goalie in the league has won more games than Andersen. The Leafs netminder will head into this weekend with an 11-5-0 record to go along with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage this season. Toronto will get home games against the Blue Jackets and Flyers at the beginning and end of the week, and they’ll have road matchups in Carolina and Columbus in the middle. Andersen will likely start three games.
Carter Hutton- Buffalo Sabres: Don’t look now, but Hutton and the Sabres have rattled off four consecutive victories. The 32-year-old has allowed just five goals during the winning streak, which is absolutely incredible. The Sabres have four games on the schedule next week (at Pittsburgh, versus Philly, versus Montreal, and at Detroit), so his fantasy stock will be solid.
Pekka Rinne- Nashville Predators: The 36-year-old failed to pick up a win in two games this week, but he’s still one of the top fantasy options at his position next week. Rinne has a 6-2-1 record with a 1.53 goals-against-average and a .948 save percentage this season. The Preds will have four games on the schedule next week, and there’s a day between each of them. Don’t be surprised if Rinne starts three contests.
Roberto Luongo- Florida Panthers: Since coming back from knee injury on Nov. 2, Luongo has been between the pipes for five of Florida’s six games. During that time, he’s managed to come up with four victories in five outings, which is impressive. Luongo’s coming off an ugly loss to Columbus that saw him allow six goals on 36 shots, but he should be able to bounce back immediately.
Devan Dubnyk- Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk has quietly put together a solid season so far. He’s won three of his last four games, and he’s given up two goals or fewer in each of those victories. The only reason he’s not in the “great” category is because the Wild only have two games on the schedule next week. They’ll host Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Martin Jones- San Jose Sharks: Jones has given up nine goals in his last two outings, but he’s also won four of his last six decisions. He owns a 9-5-1 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage this season. The Sharks will host Edmonton on Tuesday, Vancouver on Friday, and they’ll head to Vegas on Saturday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury- Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights will play five games in seven days between Sunday and Saturday. That’s a lot of hockey, but it also means that there should be fantasy points to collect along the way. Fleury has an 8-8-1 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this season.
Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens: After getting back-to-back games off so that he could get the mental part of his game back in order, Price turned in an incredible performance in Calgary on Thursday. It’s still hard to trust him, but it looks like he’s back on track for now. The Habs will play at home against Washington, on the road against New Jersey, on the road against Buffalo and at home against Boston next week.
Corey Crawford- Chicago Blackhawks: It’s nice to see Crawford back in the Blackhawks lineup after he had a long battle with concussions, but it’s simply impossible to give him the benefit of the doubt in fantasy. The players in front of him just aren’t playing well enough to win games regularly, so he won’t be collecting as many fantasy points as his owners would like. Stay away.
Cal Petersen/Peter Budaj- Los Angeles Kings: No matter which one of these two netminders is in goal for Los Angeles, it’ll be nearly impossible to trust them. Petersen is coming off his first career win on Friday night, but the Kings just aren’t good enough to justify rolling the dice on these two.
Mike Smith- Calgary Flames: It’s been a tough year for the veteran. On Thursday night, he allowed Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen to score a game-winning goal that had no business beating him. It’s going to be tough for the Flames to keep rolling Smith out there not after night if he’s not going to help them stay in games or protect leads. David Rittich might be the best option in Calgary right now.