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In The Crease

Stay Away from Lundqvist

by Joey Alfieri

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. 3-Dec. 9

 

Great Options

 

Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: Vegas will play four games next week and three of them will come at home. They’ll host the Capitals, Blackhawks, Stars and they’ll head to Los Angeles to take on the lowly Kings. Fleury has 14-8-1 record with a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage.

 

Pekka Rinne- Nashville Predators: Rinne has dropped back-to-back outings to Colorado and Arizona, but he should be able to get back on track starting this week. The Preds will host a red-hot Sabres team before heading onto the road to take on Vancouver and Calgary. He has a 10-4-1 record with a 1.85 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky- Columbus Blue Jackets: Bobrovsky enters the weekend riding a three-game winning streak. The Jackets will play three games next week with two of them coming at home against Calgary and Washington. They’ll also head to Philly to take the struggling Flyers. Bobrovsky has a 10-7-0 record with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage.

 

Louis Domingue- Tampa Bay Lightning: Domingue has done a nice job of replacing Andrei Vasilevskiy over the last couple of weeks. The 26-year-old has won four of his last five outings. He has a 9-4-0 record, overall, this season. The Bolts will open the week with two road games in New Jersey and Detroit before they head back home to host Boston and Colorado.

 

Good Options

 

Frederik Andersen- Toronto Maple Leafs: As has been the case for most of the season, Andersen is leading the NHL in victories, with 14. The 29-year-old owns a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this season. The Leafs will have games against Sabres, Red Wings and Bruins next week.

John Gibson- Anaheim Ducks: Gibson has put together back-to-back wins in Florida and Carolina. He gave up just three goals in those two outings. The 25-year-old has 10-8-4 record with a 2.47 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season. The Ducks will have three home games against Chicago, Carolina and New Jersey.

 

Connor Hellebuyck- Winnipeg Jets: Hellebuyck and the Jets have underachieved so far this season, but he’ll remain a decent option next week. The Jets will take on the Islanders, Blues and Flyers with two of the games coming on home ice.

 

Ben Bishop- Dallas Stars: Bishop has missed five games with a lower-body injury, but he’s expected to be back on Saturday. He has an 8-5-1 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season. The Stars will host the Oilers and Sharks before heading to Vegas on the weekend.

 

Bad Options

 

Henrik Lundqvist- New York Rangers: Lundqvist has been a lot better over the last few weeks, but the Rangers only have one game on the schedule this week which means his fantasy upside is fairly limited. New York will be in Florida on Saturday night.

 

Corey Crawford- Chicago Blackhawks: Crawford comes into the weekend having lost four games in a row. The Blackhawks have been a complete disaster this season, and that probably won’t change.

 

Cam Talbot- Edmonton Oilers: Talbot has been on the bench in back-to-back games because Mikko Koskinen has been rolling. The Oilers netminder has dropped each of his last six appearances.