Return of Andersen

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Week of January 3-9

Great Options

Frederik Andersen - Carolina Hurricanes: Andersen was removed from COVID-19 protocols on December 30th and served as the backup for Carolina’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. This is exciting news, as the 32-year-old was riding a five-game win streak before entering protocols. Andersen has a save percentage of .930 and an impressive GAA of 1.93. His record this season sits at 16-5-0. When considering netminders who have played at least ten games this season, Andersen is tied for having the best GAA in the league. Carolina will play the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers this week. With Andersen’s return he is a must-start.

Ilya Samsonov - Washington Capitals: Samsonov and the Washington Capitals have been playing some great hockey during this entire first half of the season. Samsonov has just two regulation losses thus far. His record sits at 13-2-2. Samsonov has a save percentage of .909 and a GAA of 2.56. Even on nights when Samsonov is not playing at peak performance, his numbers will always be inflated due to the strength of the team around him. The Capitals will continue to be a serious threat heading into 2022, so Samsonov is going to consistently be a great choice. Washington plays the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild this week.

Igor Shesterkin - New York Rangers: Shesterkin has just one loss in his past seven outings, so he ended his 2021 on a high note. The 26-year-old has a record of 14-4-2. Shesterkin’s save percentage sits at .932 and he has a GAA of 2.20. Shesterkin is a must-start whenever he is in net for sure. This week the Rangers will face off against the Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers and Ducks are two teams that are struggling right now, so Shesterkin should put up some good stats in those two matchups.

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Thatcher Demko - Vancouver Canucks: The good times are still rolling in Vancouver, as Demko has six straight wins under his belt. He has lost just one game in the entire month of December. Demko’s record sits at 14-11-1. He has a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.57. With Bruce Boudreau behind the bench, Demko is a must-start. The Canucks have just one game this week against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Good Options

John Gibson - Anaheim Ducks: The Anaheim Ducks have definitely been one of the most surprising teams throughout the first half of the 2021-2022 season. However, lately Gibson cannot find a way to secure wins. He earned his last victory all the way back on December 9th against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gibson has posted some good performances back towards the end of October and beginning of November, so maybe he will find a way to return to that level of play in 2022. He has a record of 11-8-6. Through his 25 starts he has accumulated a save percentage of .915 and a GAA of 2.69. The Ducks play the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers this upcoming week.

Alex Nedeljkovic - Detroit Red Wings: Nedeljkovic was removed from the league’s COVID-19 protocol on December 28th. Prior to entering protocol, he was not playing that well. He earned one win in his past five appearances. However, prior to that slump Nedeljkovic was on a four-game winning streak. He is a more uncertain option, but maybe the time away was what he needed to shift back into a winning momentum. He has a record of 9-7-3, along with a save percentage of .916 and a GAA of 2.78. The Red Wings will play the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings this next week.

Bad Options

Mikko Koskinen - Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers goaltending situation is far from ideal. Koskinen is on a four-game losing streak and has not played a game since December 14th. His record so far is at 12-6-0. He has a save percentage of .902 and a high GAA of 3.16. For a team that has so much talent on offense, it is tough to consistently post sub-.900 save percentages. Until he finds some new spark, Koskinen should be avoided as an option.

Mike Smith - Edmonton Oilers: If Smith was a consideration in a daily fantasy situation he should be avoided as of now as well. He played in two games at the end of December and failed to pick up a win in either contest. Smith has a record of 2-1-1 this season. His save percentage sits at .897 and his GAA is at 3.91. It is unclear how Edmonton plans to proceed with their goaltending situation, but regardless it is evident that Smith will not be an answer. The Oilers will play the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs this week.