Shesterkin's time to shine

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Week of April 12-18

Great Options

Petr MrazekCarolina Hurricanes: The biggest question surrounding Mrazek’s return to the Hurricanes lineup was whether he would be able to continue where he left off before his injury. He set a high bar for himself, as he picked up two shutouts in his first three games of the season. In his first two games back, Mrazek rose to the occasion and even picked up yet another shutout. Mrazek has the highest save percentage in the league with .962, along with the lowest GAA in the league with 0.99. Even though he has only played in six games this year, he is also tied for the third-most shutouts in the league with three.

Igor ShesterkinNew York Rangers: Prior to the beginning of this season, Shesterkin was definitely in the Calder conversation. However, his year did not go exactly as planned and he was slightly inconsistent to kick off the year. Although, recently he has been putting up some good performances that make him worth considering in a fantasy situation. He only has two losses in his past nine starts. Additionally, he has posted a save percentage above .900 in eight of those starts. He did allow four goals on 31 shots and picked up a loss in his last game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 8th. That was the one exception to his recent positive momentum, but it was just one game so the 25-year-old will probably bounce back this next week.

Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche: Grubauer posted his worst performance of the year on April 7th against the Minnesota Wild, when he allowed a whopping seven goals on 18 shots and finished the game with a .611 save percentage. He posted 47:14 in ice time before getting pulled from the game. This was the first time he has been pulled all season. However, this one game does not cause reason for major concern. Grubauer has been having an incredible season so far, boasting a record of 24-8-1, with a save percentage of .919. His GAA now sits at 2.00, undoubtedly being impacted by his last game. The 29-year-old will definitely bounce back quickly from his last appearance and continue posting Vezina-worthy stats, so he is still a must-start this upcoming week.

Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: Fleury has been having an interesting year to say the least. He started the year off in a rotation with Robin Lehner, and then after Lehner suffered an injury, Fleury became the go-to netminder in Vegas. During his stint as the sole-starter Fleury was perhaps the best goalie in the entire league; however, ever since Lehner has returned and they have resumed their rotation, Fleury’s season has been shaken up. He is currently riding three back-to-back losses, although his numbers in those game have not been that worrisome. Regardless, Fleury has proven that he can be a huge fantasy asset and this next week provides him the perfect opportunity to end his small slump. The 36-year-old has a record of 17-10-0, with a save percentage of .924 and GAA of 2.17.

Robin Lehner – Vegas Golden Knights: Vegas has a pretty well-rounded team across the board, and so their netminder, regardless of who it is, usually has an opportunity to post some good stats. Since his return to the lineup six games ago, Lehner has yet to pick up a regulation loss. His last game on April 9th against the Arizona Coyotes was the only game in his past six starts where he failed to crack a .900 save percentage. So far this season Lehner has a record of 8-1-2, with a save percentage of .912 and a GAA of 2.33. His long-term fantasy value is impacted by the fact that he is splitting starts with Marc-Andre Fleury, but he is still a great option to have in any fantasy lineup.

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Good Options

Vitek Vanecek – Washington Capitals: There are still questions about the level of long-term consistency that Vanecek has, but he posted some good numbers this past week that make him worth considering. He has won two of his past three starts and posted a save percentage above .900 in all three of those appearances. In fact, the 25-year-old netminder has only picked up three losses in past 12 starts, which makes him the most favorable goalie in Washington at the moment. He has a season record of 16-7-3, with a save percentage of .911 and GAA of 2.66.

Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarry had a tough game back on April 6th against the New York Rangers, where he allowed four goals on 11 shots and got pulled from the matchup after just one period of play. However, with the exception of that game Jarry has been putting up some good numbers as of late. His last regulation loss came all the way back on March 18th. He has also posted a save percentage above .900 in nine of his past 10 appearances. Jarry has a record of 16-8-2, with a save percentage of .906 and GAA of 2.88. His mediocre GAA is definitely what the 25-year-old has to work on the most, but other than that he is a good option for this next week.

Bad Options

Kaapo Kahkonen – Minnesota Wild: Kahkonen picked up his worst performance of the season thus far on April 9th against the St. Louis Blues. He allowed nine goals on a total of 38 shots and came out of the game with a loss that dropped his season record to 12-7-0. After going on an impressive nine-game win streak in March, Kahkonen has hit a bit of a slump and is currently riding three consecutive losses. He has failed to crack a .900 save percentage in three of his last five starts, and until he gets his momentum back he is an option to avoid.

Ilya Samsonov – Washington Capitals: Samsonov has gone his past four games without posting a save percentage above .900. He has allowed at least four goals during every game in that four-game stretch. It is clear that the 24-year-old netminder is not playing his best hockey as of late, and with Vitek Vanecek posting better numbers, Samsonov is an option to avoid this next week. He currently has a record of 9-3-1, with a save percentage of .894 and a high GAA of 2.97.