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.
Monday Jan. 14- Jan. 19
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy has picked up eight victories in his last nine outings and he has just one regulation loss in his last 11. The Bolts will play a road game in Dallas before returning home to play Toronto and San Jose. Vasilevskiy has an 18-4-2 record with a 2.49 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators: Rinne hasn’t dropped a decision in regulation in his last five outings. The Preds won’t have it easy next week, but they’ll have all three games at home. They’ll take on the Capitals, Jets and Panthers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rinne has a 17-10-3 record with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.
Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild: The Wild will start the week on the road in Philly, but they’ll return home to take on the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets. Dubnyk has rattled off four consecutive decisions. He has a 17-14-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins: Rask has rattled off four victories in a row and he’s given up two goals or fewer in each of those games. The Bruins will host Montreal, St. Louis and the Rangers and they’ll travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.
David Rittich – Calgary Flames: The Flames have been on a roll of late and Rittich is one of the reasons for their recent success. He’s rattled off five victories in a row. He owns a 17-4-3 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season. The Flames will play Buffalo and Detroit at home before hitting the road to take on the Oilers on Saturday.
Robin Lehner – New York Islanders: Lehner continues to be one of the hottest goalies in the league, as he’s rattled off eight wins in a row. He has a 12-6-3 record with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season. The Isles will host the Blues and Devils before hitting the road to play Washington. Lehner should start two of the three games.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals: Holtby has won each of his last two decisions against the Red Wings and Bruins. The Caps will open the week at home against St. Louis before hitting the road to take on Nashville the next night. They’ll finish the week against the Islanders at home. He has a 17-10-2 with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have a bit of an odd schedule next week, as they’ll play four games, but two back-to-backs. They’ll be on the road in Boston on Monday before returning home to play Florida on Tuesday. They’ll then travel to Columbus on Friday and they’ll return home to play Philly on Saturday. Expect Price to start the two home dates.
Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues: The Blues will play their first three games of next week on the road against the Capitals, Islanders and Bruins before returning home to play the Senators. With Jordan Binnington playing so well, Allen may get even fewer starts in the next couple of weeks.
John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have struggled over the last few weeks and their schedule won’t make it any easier. Anaheim will travel to Detroit, Minnesota and New Jersey next week, which won’t be an easy trip. Gibson has played in 17 games on the road and he’s come away with just six victories.
Carter Hutton – Buffalo Sabres: Hutton got off to a great start, but he’s cooled off. He has just one win in his last eight games. The Sabres will travel through Western Canada next week, as they’ll take on the Oilers, Flames and Canucks next week. He’s not an ideal fantasy candidate right now.