Saturday, December 22, 2018
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. 24 – Dec. 30
Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: The 34-year-old and his teammates have really turned their season around. Fleury has just one regulation loss in his last eight contests. The Golden Knights are one of the few teams that have three games on the schedule next week. They’ll host Colorado before hitting the road in Los Angeles and Arizona.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Once the Christmas break is over, the Bolts will host the Flyers and Canadiens. The 24-year-old is 2-0-1 since coming back from a foot injury earlier this month. He has an 11-3-2 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this season.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators: Rinne has dropped back-to-back starts, but he’s held the opponents to just two goals in each game. The Preds will get home games against the Stars and the Rangers coming out of the break. Rinne owns a 14-7-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this season.
John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks would be totally lost without Gibson this season. He’s quietly been a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy. Gibson will get a date in San Jose after the break and he’ll follow that up with a home tilt against Arizona. The Bruins put an end to Gibson’s four-game winning streak on Thursday, but he should be ready to roll next week.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: Holtby heads into this weekend with four wins in his last five games. He owns a 14-8-2 record with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. The Caps will get two games against non-playoff teams Carolina and Ottawa.
Mikko Koskinen – Edmonton Oilers: Koskinen’s been really good since taking over as the unofficial starter in Edmonton. He owns an 11-4-1 record with a 2.18 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage this season. The Oilers will play home games against Vancouver and San Jose coming out of the break.
Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have a tough home game against the Flames once they come back from the break, but they’ll stay home over the weekend to face Minnesota. He has a 16-9-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season.
Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins: It’s been a tough year for Murray, but he’s coming off a solid win over the Washington Capitals. Casey DeSmith has played well, too, so there’s a chance they could split next week’s games.
Cam Ward – Chicago Blackhawks: With Corey Crawford on the shelf with a concussion, Ward will get a lot more action. He still won’t be worth starting in most fantasy leagues. He’s won back-to-back starts, but don’t expect that to continue.
Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings: The Kings have two home games against Arizona and Vegas next week, but they’re not very good. Quick is a big name, but he won’t offer much in the way of fantasy upside.
Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings will hit the road after the Christmas break, as they’ll play in Pittsburgh and in Dallas. Those are two high-powered offenses, so it’ll be tough to contain them.