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In The Crease

Halak it like that

Updated On: November 13, 2018, 9:15 am ET

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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Great Options


Andrei Vasilevskiy- Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy currently has a share of the league lead in victories with six. He also has a 2.09 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this season. What also makes him an incredible fantasy option, is the Lightning’s upcoming schedule. The Bolts have home dates against the Oilers, the Islanders and Senators next week, which means there’s opportunity to collect fantasy points.


Jaroslav Halak- Boston Bruins: No one expected Halak to take over as the Bruins starting netminder this season, but that’s exactly what’s happened so far. The veteran has been between the pipes for four of Boston’s last six games, and he’s gone 2-0-2 during that stretch. The Bruins have four games home dates on the schedule next week. They’ll host Dallas, Vancouver, Toronto and Vegas.


Braden Holtby- Washington Capitals: The Caps are off to a so-so start after winning the Stanley Cup last spring, but there’s room for improvement. They’ll play four games next week, and they’ll all be at home. They’ll host Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Arizona. None of those games will be easy, but there’s some fantasy upside here.


Antti Raanta- Arizona Coyotes: So, who would’ve expected Halak and Raanta to be in the “great” category just about a month into the season. Raanta has a three-game winning streak going and the team in front of him is finally starting to score goals. The Coyotes will take on the Flyers twice and the Penguins once next week. That’s enough to make him a very strong fantasy option.


Good Options


Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens: Price hasn’t had to be dominant for the Canadiens to be successful this year. That’s encouraging, because he’s still been pretty reliable in 2018-19. The Canadiens have four games on the schedule next week. They’ll travel to New York to take on the Islanders and Rangers before hosting Buffalo and Vegas. Price has a 5-2-2 record with a 2.43 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage.


Ben Bishop- Dallas Stars: The Stars have four games on the schedule next week, but they’re far from easy matchups. They’ll take on Boston and Columbus on the road before hosting San Jose and Nashville. Bishop has a 5-4-0 record with a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this season. He’s won three of his last four games.


Craig Anderson- The Ottawa Senators: Anderson finally put an end to his personal three-game losing streak by taking down the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night with a 46-save performance. Anderson’s individual numbers aren’t great, but they have four games on the docket next week, as they’ll host New Jersey and Vegas before traveling to Tampa and Florida on the weekend.


Matt Murray- Pittsburgh Penguins: Murray’s had an up-and-down year to date, but there’s been some progress. He has a 1-1-1 record in his last three games, but he’s given up two goals or fewer in two of those games. He has a 4-2-1 record with a 3.45 goals-against-average and a .897 save percentage this season. The Pens have a home date against the Devils early in the week, they’ll go to Washington mid-week, and they’ll host Arizona on the weekend.


Bad Options


Cam Talbot- Edmonton Oilers: Talbot’s been solid for most of the 2018-19 season, but the Oilers’ upcoming schedule is brutal. They’ll travel to Washington, Tampa and Florida before hosting a very good Colorado team next weekend. There will be better fantasy days for Talbot, but it won’t come next week.


Jimmy Howard- Detroit Red Wings: Howard is coming off back-to-bac wins over Columbus and New Jersey, but the Red Wings aren’t a very good team. Their short run of success will come to an end. It’s going to be really hard for fantasy owners to trust Howard this year. The Wings will host the Canucks and Rangers before heading to Carolina.


Marc-Andre Fleury- Vegas Golden Knights: Fleury and the Golden Knights haven’t been as Cinderella-like as they were last year. Fleury has dropped three of his last four decisions, including a loss to St. Louis that saw him allow five goals on 26 shots. The Golden Knights will play four road games in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Boston. That won’t be easy.


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