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 Jan. 21-27
Coming up with goalies for each category was a little more difficult this week, because several teams are completely off, while others will only play one game before the All-Star break kicks off on Thursday.
Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights will play two home games before the All-Star break starts on Thursday. They’ll host the Wild and Predators. Fleury has dropped two of his last three games, but his fortunes should turn around next week.
Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues: Binnington has been quite the story for the Blues lately. Since being recalled from the minors, he has a 3-0-1 record with a 1.55 goals-against-average and a .937 save percentage. The Blues are one of the few teams that have two games on their schedule next week, as they’ll travel to play the struggling Kings and slumping Ducks.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators: The Predators will hit the road in Colorado and Vegas next week, but the good news is that they’ll have a day between games. That means that Rinne could play in both contests. He has a 17-12-3 record with a 2.51 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage.
Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild: The Wild have two road games against Vegas and Colorado next week. Dubnyk has a 17-16-3 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov’s been awful of late, but like Fleury and Binnington he has two games on the upcoming schedule. They’ll host the Preds and Wild next week. The Avs netminder has just one win in his last seven games. He’s more of good fantasy play because of the schedule.
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens: Price has rattled off three consecutive victories. He took down the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. The Habs only have one game on their schedule next week, as they’ll host Arizona on Wednesday night.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: The Caps have two games on next week’s schedule, but they’ll come on back-to-back nights. They’ll host the Sharks on Tuesday, which is a good match up because the Sharks will be coming off a game in Florida on Monday night.
Several goalies, including Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning), Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars), Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) have the entire week off.