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 Oct. 29-Sunday Nov. 4
Andrei Vasilevskiy- Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning netminder improved his record to 5-1-1 thanks to a win over the Golden Knights on Friday night. He’s given up two goals or fewer in six of his seven outings, which is really impressive. The Bolts will play a home dates against the Devils and Preds before heading to Montreal and Ottawa on the weekend.
Frederik Andersen- Toronto Maple Leafs: Andersen has been between the pipes for all but two of Toronto’s 10 games this season. He has a 5-3-0 record and he’s given up two goals or fewer in three of his last four outings. Andersen isn’t the most talented goalie in the league, but he plays on a team that should win a bunch of games. The Leafs will host Calgary and Dallas before hitting the road to play Pittsburgh next week.
Keith Kinkaid- New Jersey Devils: Kinkaid has done just fine in Cory Schneider’s absence. He has a 4-2-1 record with a 2.14 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage in seven games. The Devils will play all three of their games on the road, but their matchup with the Lightning is the only one that’s going to be overly difficult. Games against the Wings and Islanders are very winnable.
Braden Holtby- Washington Capitals: Even though Holtby has allowed three goals or more in five of his eight outings, he’s still managed to post a respectable 4-2-1 record. Unfortunately for his fantasy stock, the Caps only have two games next week, as they’ll play in Montreal before hosting Dallas.
Devan Dubnyk- Minnesota Wild: The Wild will play all three of their games on the road next week, as they’ll head to Vancouver, Edmonton and St. Louis. That’s not ideal for Dubnyk’s fantasy owners, but there’s some winnable matchups there. Expect the veteran to start two of three games next week.
Marc-Andre Fleury- Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights got off to a rocky start, but Fleury’s improved play has given them a bit of a boost of late. Despite losing back-to-back games, Fleury has a 3-1-1 record in his last five outings and he’s given up seven goals during that stretch. Vegas has a tough game in Nashville early next week, but they’ll head to St. Louis before coming home to host Carolina on the weekend.
Craig Anderson- Ottawa Senators: The Sens have exceeded expectations so far in 2018-19, and don’t be surprised if that continues next week. They’ll head to Arizona to take on the Coyotes before playing a home-and-home series against an improved Sabres team. Even though he’s suffered back-to-back losses, Anderson should end the week with decent fantasy value.
John Gibson- Anaheim Ducks: Gibson’s fantasy situation is weird. There’s no denying that he’s been awesome this season. Through the first month, he’s probably the most valuable player in the entire NHL, but the team in front of him has been mediocre. They give up a ton of quality shots and they hang him out to dry. Anaheim will have three home dates against the Flyers, Rangers and Blue Jackets next week, so it’s impossible to sit Gibson.
Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have surprised many people this season, and they’ve done it without a stellar Price. The Habs netminder hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t had to be great either. The biggest issue with Price is the upcoming schedule for his team, as they’ll play three home dates against Dallas, Washington and Tampa Bay. Each of those teams have some fire-power up front.
James Reimer- Florida Panthers: Reimer has been less than adequate since filling in for an injured Roberto Luongo. He has a 1-2-1 record with a 3.46 goals-against-average and a .877 save percentage this season. All the Panthers have on the schedule is a home-and-home with the Jets.
Mike Smith- Calgary Flames: Smith and the Flames are coming off an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ll play four games next week, but don’t be surprised if the Flames turn to David Rittich, too. Calgary will play in Toronto and Buffalo returning home to take on the Avalanche and Blackhawks. Not ideal matchups.