Goalie Primer: Feb 25 – Mar 03
Welcome to the Goalie Primer, our weekly preview of the upcoming fantasy hockey week focusing on goalies. We’ll use this column to point out possible spot starts and waiver grabs for your fantasy hockey roster. All references to potential starts should be considered educated guesses. Full confirmations for starting goalies can be found on our Starting Goalies page. As always, if you want to be alerted by push notification when the status (probable or confirmed) of a goalie on your fantasy hockey roster has changed, consider getting a subscription to our Starting Goalies iPhone App. The App also includes recent line combinations of all 30 NHL teams.
This week, 11 teams have four games on the schedule and only one team (NJD) is playing two.
DUCKS – The Anaheim Ducks will be playing five games in seven nights and Monday’s game is the tail-end of a back-to-back. With a second back-to-back scheduled for Friday/Saturday, expect both Victor Fasth and Jonas Hiller to get their share of the starts this week.
BLACKHAWKS – The Chicago Blackhawks have a heavy schedule this week with four games, the first of which is the tail-end of a back-to-back. Given that Corey Crawford is returning from injury (he’s healthy again now) and Ray Emery is on a 7-0 tear, you should expect the starts to be split between the two netminders this week.
STARS – The Dallas Stars have four games this week and their goalie situation is a bit murky. Lehtonen is on IR retroactive to Feb 15. He is practicing with the team but was unavailable for Saturday’s game (23-Feb). He will be on the road trip with the team for Monday and Tuesday’s games. Expect Bachman and Nilstorp to split the load until Lehtonen is deemed ready.
RED WINGS – Jimmy Howard should get three starts this week as Detroit has a relatively light schedule. Jonas Gustavsson was scheduled to start on Sunday (24-Feb) but aggravated his groin and was unable to dress.
PANTHERS – The Florida goal crease just became very crowded. Jose Theodore, Scott Clemmensen, and Jacob Markstrom are all with the team. Each of the three received a start last week. With four games this week, expect at least two of these goalies to be in the mix and convince yourself that the Panthers didn’t call Markstrom up to keep the bench warm.
CANADIENS – The Canadiens will play four games this week including a back-to-back at the end of the week. Carey Price has been strong of late and should get three starts. Expect Peter Budaj in net for one game this week.
SENATORS – Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner will have to carry the four-game load this week as Craig Anderson recovers from a mild ankle sprain. Bishop has posted strong numbers this season so it is his job to lose at this point.
BLUES – Jake Allen has been sent back to the AHL. Jaroslav Halak has recovered from his lower-body tweak and has allowed only two goals on his last 40 shots faced. Expect him to get two of the three starts this week, with the struggling Brian Elliott seeing action in this week’s back-to-back.
MAPLE LEAFS – Expect Ben Scrivens to get two starts this week in a light three-game schedule for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer has been practicing with the team and should be ready to go at some point this week. Expect him to play in at least one game this week (likely in the back-to-back).
CANUCKS – Predicting goalie starts in advance for the Canucks has proved difficult. The Canucks play only three games this week. Expect Cory Schneider to play in the back-to-back, likely against the Calgary foe he dominated earlier this month.
CAPITALS – The Capitals round out this week’s Goalie Primer feature. They play three games in four nights and that includes a back-to-back. Holtby will shoulder the load but don’t be surprised to see Michal Neuvirth grab a start in the back-to-back.
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