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Ville Husso, Blues (Last week: 3-0-1, .915 Sv%, 2.64 GAA)
It’s no secret that Husso has been excellent for the Blues this season and a big reason why they sit relatively comfortably in a playoff position, and why they rank third in the Western Conference in goal differential. What is perplexing, however, is that Husso is only listed in about 70% of Yahoo leagues. Jordan Binington has missed too many chances this year and Husso has started all but five games since March 1.
The starting goaltender for arguably the deepest team in the league must be listed in all formats.
Logan Thompson, Robin Lehner, Golden Knights (Combined last week: 3-0-0, 0.949 Sv%, 1.32 GAA)
Lehner returned from injury and made 26 saves in Sunday’s win over the Canucks, but Thompson doesn’t seem to want to give up the starting job. He defeated the Kraken in consecutive matches, and there were times when Lehner looked a bit shaky after missing so much time. Vegas is one point away from a playoff spot and Pete DeBoer has a conundrum on his hands; Lehner will likely get Wednesday’s home start against the Canucks, and if he wins, he’ll stay. Fantasy managers need to monitor this situation carefully and keep Thompson on the roster in case Lehner falters.
Chris Driedger, Kraken (last 2 weeks: 2-1-0, 0.958 Sv%, 1.35 GAA)
It was an interesting decision to see the Kraken commit to Driedger as a starter for three of his last four games. All playoff hopes were dashed months ago, so Dave Hakstol’s decision to give his replacement more playing time at this point in the season is a curious one. Nonetheless, the Kraken are hinting that they’ll rotate starts or maybe ride Driedger’s hot hand a bit longer.
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Linus Ullmark, Bruins (Since March 1: 5-1-1, .914 Sv%, 2.17 GAA)
Jeremy Swayman has really struggled the past two weeks, going 2-2-0 with a .861 Sv% and 3.88 GAA. Maybe fatigue has something to do with it; including his five AHL appearances, Swayman played 39 games, his biggest workload in five seasons. His next appearance with the Bruins, his 35th, will tie his career high with the University of Maine, and it’s truly a bad time for the Bruins as they prepare for a playoff series. This potentially paves the way for Ullmark’s return. Ullmark has had limited playing time lately but still leads Swayman in wins (22-20) and performed very well in March. Fantasy managers should take Ullmark if they have space on the roster in hopes he gets more game time in stride.
Honorable Mention: Darcy Kuemper, Avalanche; Mikko Koskinen, Oilers; Juuse Saros, Predators; Semyon Varlamov, Islanders
Jack Campbell, Erik Kallgren, Maple Leafs (since Mar. 1 combined: 7-3-2, 0.893 Sv%, 3.37 GAA)
Kallgren was injured Tuesday against the Panthers, although he shouldn’t be short on time. All in all, it was yet another ominous performance from the Leafs’ goaltenders after blowing a 5-1 lead and losing 7-6 in overtime. Campbell didn’t look particularly sharp in relief, and the return of Jake Muzzin could not hide their glaring weakness. The Leafs win games because their offense is great, but fantasy managers should be wary of launching any of their goalies.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning (Since March 1: 7-7-0, .907 Sv%, 2.88 GAA)
Conn Smythe’s winner and arguably the best goaltender in the world deserves the benefit of the doubt, but Vasilevskiy and the Lightning haven’t been alike lately. Their 5-on-5 game was bailed out by their special teams, and their 2.94 GF/GP ranks an unusual 21st since March 1. , but in head-to-head leagues that are in the playoffs, Vasilevskiy’s inconsistency has surely cost him dearly. He’s still worth starting every game just because his cap is so high, but it might be safe to put him in matchups against dangerous offensive teams, including the Bruins, home Stars, scorching Jets and the Leafs in two weeks. .
Tristan Jarry, Penguins (last 2 weeks: 1-4-0, 0.888 Sv%, 3.72 GAA)
Fantasy managers who rely on Jarry to anchor their goalkeeper should be a little worried he has a cold streak at the worst possible time, and upcoming dates against familiar rivals Rangers and Caps, then back to back at home-and at home against the Isles and Bruins, means Jarry won’t be a reliable No. 1 option. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for help, whether it’s matchup-dependent starters in bad teams (James Remer) or fishing saves for more playing time (Ullmark, Driedger).
Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers (last 5 starts: 3-0-0, 0.861 Sv%, 4.16 GAA)
That perfect 3-0-0 record really hides a lot of bad numbers since Bobrovsky returned to the lineup. Spencer Knight held the fort well in his absence and could actually get more playing time since the Panthers have already clinched a playoff spot. Bobrovsky continues to be bailed out by the Panthers’ supreme attack, and his only fantasy value at this point is his ability to pick up wins, but even that is a risky proposition as he’s been pulled twice, leaving fantasy managers to hold on. the bag with a bad save. percentage, an inflated GAA and a non-decision. For those with Bobrovsky on their rosters, sticking with Knight might not be a bad idea. There’s definitely a scenario where Knight sees playing time in the playoffs, so it could be in the Panthers’ interest to keep the two warm for the playoffs.
Thatcher Demko, Canucks (last 2 weeks: 1-1-2, 0.913 Sv%, 2.75 GAA)
A decent save percentage and yet Demko still has only one win in the last two weeks. Fatigue is definitely a factor after the Canucks have been so reliant on his ability to steal games, and after failing to win some key games, the Canucks’ playoff hopes are quickly evaporating. Management is already looking to the future, and it is in their interest to give Demko a break and give more playing time to Jaroslav Halak. With Nils Hoglander and Tucker Poolman potentially absent for the season, Quinn Hughes fight disease and Brock Boeser highly unlikely to dress up in their next match, Demko’s peak fantasy value has obviously already passed.
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Dishonorable mention: John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz, Ducks; Karel Vejmelka, Coyotes; Cal Petersen, Kings; Jake Allen, Canadian; Nico Daws, Devils; Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev, Rangers; Carter Hart, Flyers; Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov, capitals