Blackhawks remain bleak

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Week of November 1-7

Great Options

Frederik AndersenCarolina Hurricanes: Andersen has been having a phenomenal start to the year with his new team. He is currently sitting on an undefeated record, as he earned a victory in all six of his starts. Andersen also has a save percentage of .956, which is the highest save percentage in the league when considering goalies that have started at least four games. His GAA is at 1.33, which once again is a league-leading statistic for goalies that have appeared in as many contests as he has. The Hurricanes will play the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers this upcoming week.

Sergei Bobrovsky – Florida Panthers: The Panthers continue to remain undefeated, and a huge factor of their success is Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky has a record of 6-0-0, with a save percentage of .944 and a GAA of 1.81. He has not allowed more than two goals a game since their season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Florida Panthers have a more relaxed week coming ahead of them, as they are only playing two games. They will face off against the Washington Capitals and then end their week with a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers: Shesterkin has started off his season with a record of 4-1-1. On October 29th he posted a 31-save shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 25-year-old has been playing well during this early stretch, as he holds onto a save percentage of .944 and a GAA of 1.81 through his first six games played. The Rangers play the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames this week. The one point of caution when it comes to Shesterkin is that he did have a rough performance against Calgary on October 25th, where he allowed five goals on 37 shots.

Craig Anderson - Buffalo Sabres: Anderson picked up two consecutive wins this past week. One of those wins came against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 25th, where Anderson allowed just one goal on 36 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .972. So far this year Anderson has a save percentage of .939 and a GAA of 1.98. His record sits at 4-1-0. This week the Sabres will play against the San Jose Sharks, Seattle Kraken, and Detroit Red Wings.

Good Options

Jack Campbell – Toronto Maple Leafs: Campbell was posting great numbers prior to week three, but then arguably posted his worst performance of the year on October 23rd against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In that game, Campbell allowed five goals on just 21 shots to post a save percentage of .762 in 40 minutes of play. The Maple Leafs have a difficult week ahead of them, as they play the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Boston Bruins. If he holds strong in these games it will be a great indicator that the Pittsburgh game was simply an outlier. However, if he struggles this week then perhaps the beginning of his season was not an indication of how the rest of the year will play out. So far Campbell has a record of 3-2-1, with a save percentage of .918 and a GAA of 2.31.

Carter Hart – Philadelphia Flyers: This is a critical year for Carter Hart to prove himself after struggling in 2020-2021. Currently, he has been showing some positive indications. Hart has not posted a save percentage below .900 in his past three games. He also picked up a win against the offensively talented Edmonton Oilers on October 27th. Hart has a save percentage of .915 and a GAA of 2.73. His record currently sits at 2-1-1. The Flyers will play the Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals this week.

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Bad Options

Marc-Andre Fleury - Chicago Blackhawks: The start of the 2021-2022 season has not been kind to the reigning Vezina trophy winner. Fleury has yet to win a game this season, as his record sits at 0-4-0. He has a save percentage of .839 and an incredibly high GAA of 5.75. Fleury has allowed at least four goals in every single game that he has played this season. On October 24th, Fleury allowed six goals on 37 shots in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. It is clear that so far the 36-year-old has not found his groove in Chicago. This is not to say that it is time to give up on him just yet, as he still holds the potential to be an elite goaltender in this league. However, until he shows a shift in momentum he is definitely an option to avoid.

Kevin Lankinen - Chicago Blackhawks: The goalie situation in Chicago is far from ideal. Lankinen has also been struggling during this early part of the season. He has a record of 0-2-2, with a save percentage of .882 and a GAA of 3.55. He has allowed at least three goals in his past three appearances. This includes a game on October 29th against the Carolina Hurricanes, where he allowed six goals on 35 shots. The Blackhawks have a busy week upcoming, as they will play the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, and Nashville Predators.