Kuemper's Week

Joey Alfieri
Rotoworld

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Dec. 16-22

Great Options

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets

Schedule: Tue vs. CAR, Thu vs. CHI, Sat at MIN

Hellebuyck is coming off a bad loss to the Red Wings, but he wasn’t the reason his team lost. He’s been excellent for the most part this season. Hellebuyck owns a 15-8-2 record with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage.

Darcy Kuemper – Arizona Coyotes

Schedule: Tue at SJ, Thu vs. MIN, Sun at DET

Kuemper has won five games in a row and he hasn’t dropped a game in regulation since Nov. 21 (seven games). He’s given up two goals or fewer in four of his last five outings. Kuemper is a solid fantasy play.

Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues

Schedule: Mon vs. COL, Wed vs. EDM, Sat at SJ

Binnington lost back-to-back games to Pittsburgh and Toronto last week, but he’s coming off a win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. Monday’s matchup against Colorado will be tough, but the Blues are good enough to be in every game next week.

Tuukka RaskBoston Bruins

Schedule: Tue vs. LAK, Thu vs. NYI, Sat vs. NSH

The Bruins are in the middle of a five-game winless streak. Yes, they’re in a slump, but they’re too good for this streak to keep going. Boston will stay home all of next week, so things should turn around quickly enough.

Good Options

Ben Bishop – Dallas Stars

Schedule: Mon vs. EDM, Thu at TB, Fri at FLA, Sun vs. CGY

Bishop is going into this weekend riding a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). He’s also given up two goals or fewer in four those five contests. Don’t be surprised if Bishop suits up in three of next week’s four contests.

David Rittich – Calgary Flames

Schedule: Tue vs. PIT, Thu vs. MTL, Sun at DAL

The Flames have been on a roll since dismissing Bill Peters. Rittich is riding a personal five-game winning streak. He owns a 15-7-4 record with a 2.71 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

Schedule: Tue vs. OTT, Thu vs. DAL, Sat at WSH

Vasilevskiy hasn’t been himself all season, but things seem to be turning around lately. He’s rattled off three wins in a row and he’s given up just four goals during that stretch. He has a 13-8-1 record with a 2.78 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season. Fantasy owners should stick by him.

Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights

Schedule: Tue vs. MIN, Thu at VAN, Sun at SJ

Fleury has a 1-1-0 record since returning to the Golden Knights. The 35-year-old got the night off on Friday, so he should be fresh for this weekend’s action. He has a 12-7-2 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.

Bad Options

Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators

Schedule: Mon at NYR, Tue at NYI, Thu at OTT, Sat at BOS

Rinne’s numbers are actually better on the road than they are at home, but this still won’t make the upcoming road trip any easier. The 37-year-old has gone 2-0-1 in his last three games, but he’s been on the bench for back-to-back games.

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings

Schedule: Tue at BOS, Thu at CBJ, Sat at BUF

Quick has won back-to-back games over the Rangers and Ducks, but the Kings’ upcoming schedule isn’t going to be very easy, as they’ll spend the week on the road out East. The veteran has a 9-12-1 record with a 3.03 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage this season. He should be avoided.

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