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 Dec. 10 - Dec. 16
Frederik Andersen- Toronto Maple Leafs: Andersen and the Leafs will spend all of next week on the road, but they’ll play two of their three games against non-playoff teams (Carolina and Florida). They’ll also have a date with Tampa Bay sandwiched between those two games. Andersen has a 16-7-0 record with a 2.32 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage.
Carter Hutton- Buffalo Sabres: Hutton has lost each of his last two starts, but he should get back on track in the near future. As of right now, only Andersen and Marc-Andre Fleury has more wins that the Sabres netminder. He owns a 12-8-0 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage this season. Buffalo will have home games against the slumping Kings and Arizona Coyotes, and they’ll hit the road for games in Washington and Boston.
Pekka Rinne- Nashville Predators: Rinne is coming off a loss to the Canucks, but he’s still managed to win two of his last three outings. The Predators will spend all of next week on home ice, as they’ll host Ottawa, Vancouver and New Jersey. He has a 12-5-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage this season.
Connor Hellebuyck- Winnipeg Jets: Hellebuyck is coming off a tough 1-0 loss to the Blues, but he’s been much better of late. He’s won three of his last four contests and he’s given up just one goal in back-to-back games. The Jets have two games against the ‘Hawks a game against the Oilers and another one against the Lightning next week. Hellebuyck should start three of those four.
Devan Dubnyk- Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk has just one win in his last six decisions, but Minnesota will get some time at home over the next couple of weeks. The Wild will host the Canadiens, Panthers and Flames next week. He has a 10-9-2 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky- Columbus Blue Jackets: Bobrovsky has dropped two of his last three outings and he’s allowed at least three goals in each of those contests. The good news for Columbus is that they’ll spend all week at home against Vancouver, Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Marc-Andre Fleury- Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights are heading on the road all week, but they’ll get to face three teams that aren’t in the playoffs right now, as they’ll head out to play the Islanders, Devils and Rangers. That will take away from Fleury’s fantasy value, but he should be just fine.
Braden Holtby- Washington Capitals: Holtby has dropped back-to-back games to Anaheim and Vegas and he’s given up 10 goals in the process. He should be able to get on track this week, as the Caps have two home games against Detroit and Buffalo. They’ll also play a road game Carolina.
Corey Crawford- Chicago Blackhawks: The ‘Hawks are a disaster right now, which means Crawford can’t be trusted in fantasy. He’s dropped each of his last seven decisions and he’s given up at least three goals in each of those defeats. He has a 5-13-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage this season. Stay Away.
Craig Anderson- Ottawa Senators: Anderson’s numbers are terrible, but it’s hard to blame him. The defense in front of him is young and inexperienced, and it shows by the amount of scoring chances they give up. The Sens will play three tough road games in Nashville, Detroit and Montreal. Anderson has an 11-11-3 record with a 3.69 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage this season.
Keith Kinkaid- New Jersey Devils: The Devils have struggled mightily over the last little while and their schedule probably won’t help them next week. Kinkaid is coming off a win over the lowly Kings, but he’s dropped five of his last six. He has a 10-7-5 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage. The Devils will play San Jose and Nashville on the road and they’ll host Vegas.