Vasilevskiy continues to be the best

In the Crease is back for the 2020-2021 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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Week of January 18-24

Great Options

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy is undoubtedly at the top of the fantasy goalie rankings and his past two performances cement his position there. He has won each of his first two starts of the year and made a total of 57 saves on 60 shots during his two matchups against the Chicago Blackhawks. He currently is riding a season save percentage of .950. This week Vasilevskiy faces off against the Blue Jackets twice.

Carter Hart – Philadelphia Flyers: Hart is a young goalie with a lot of promise and is already in his third year in the league. He has won his first two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and during that time has 62 saves on 67 shots. Heading into action Saturday, Hart has the second-highest amount of saves in the league. Hart also currently has a season save percentage of .925 and a GAA of 2.50. Hart starts off this upcoming week with two games against the Buffalo Sabres, which should allow him to add some more good performances to his season. However, he ends this week with two games against the Boston Bruins and needs to clean up some of the minor mistakes he’s been making in order to help the Flyers come out with some wins.

Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche: Friday night Grubauer posted his first shutout of the year in a dominant 8-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. After two games Grubauer’s season record sits at 1-1-0, with a save percentage of .925 and a GAA of 2.02. When he’s fully healthy, Grubauer puts up some great performances and this year the entire Colorado Avalanche roster is a force to be reckoned with. They are high on the favorites list to win the Stanley Cup and the strength of the entire roster will further help Grubauer put up some good numbers all season, regardless of the opponent they are facing. This week the Avalanche are heading to California and have two games against the Los Angeles Kings, followed by two games against the Anaheim Ducks. This week’s schedule should allow Grubauer to be a great fantasy asset to any roster that he’s on.

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Semyon Varmalov – New York Islanders: Varmalov helped the Islanders clinch a 4-0 win in their season opener with a shutout. He stopped all of the 24 shots that he faced in that game. Saturday evening, the Islanders play against the New York Rangers again, and then later this week they have one game against the Boston Bruins followed by two against the New Jersey Devils. If Varmalov is able to keep up his solid performances, he could be a helpful part of a fantasy roster.

Good Options

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets: Hellebuyck came out of Winnipeg’s season opener against the Calgary Flames with an OT win. He allowed three goals on 26 shots and finished the night with a .885 save percentage. Although this was not his best performance and he had a tough start to the game, Hellebuyck has a few opportunities this week to put up some good numbers. Hellebuyck and the Jets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs and their dynamic offense once, but then the Ottawa Senators three times this upcoming week. He has the potential to be a great fantasy asset once he finds his momentum this year.

Petr Mrazek – Carolina Hurricanes: Mrazek came out of the Carolina Hurricanes season opener with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Although that is the best way to start a season, Mrazek did face only 14 shots during that game so his true game can only be assessed when he faces a bit more offensive pressure. However, this upcoming week does give Mrazek the ability to put up some good numbers as Carolina plays the Nashville Predators twice followed by the Florida Panthers for a pair of games.

Bad Options

Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues: Friday, Binnington got pulled from the game against the Colorado Avalanche after allowing four goals in the second period, three of which were scored within five minutes. He made 20 saves and ended his night with a .833 save percentage after two periods of play. Binnington has not rediscovered the momentum he had during the Blues Stanley Cup run. He is extremely inconsistent, and until he finds stability in his performance, he is always a risky fantasy choice.

Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens: In Montreal’s season opener against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday Price made 29 saves on 34 shots and finished the night with a .853 save percentage. The Canadiens came out of this matchup with an overtime loss. This upcoming week entails a lot of offensive pressure, as the Canadiens play the Edmonton Oilers once and then the Vancouver Canucks three times. This could make it difficult for Price to put up some good performances.

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings: In the season opener for the Los Angeles Kings, Quick allowed four goals on 27 shots and finished the night with a .852 save percentage in an overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild. This week the Kings play the Colorado Avalanche twice, a powerful offensive team that will make it difficult on Quick. They also end the week with two games against the St. Louis Blues.

Published: 2021-01-16 20:46:21

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