Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.
Over the past 10 days, Los Angeles Kings rookie Martin Jones has put on a goaltending clinic. The undrafted 23-year-old has four straight wins, including consecutive shutouts, and 111 saves on the first 114 shots of what looks to be a promising NHL career.
His shutout streak was snapped at 177 minutes and 16 seconds in Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but between the impressive start to his career and the play of Ben Scrivens, the Kings are sitting atop the throne with a League-best 1.91 goals-against average even without Jonathan Quick.
The Anaheim Ducks have experienced similar success with their goaltending depth this season. Rookie Frederik Andersen has filled in admirably during Viktor Fasth's absence by going 8-1-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .938 save percentage. The same goes for the Chicago Blackhawks and rookie Antti Raanta, as he is now 5-0-1 with a 2.12 GAA and .926 save percentage with Corey Crawford sidelined.
With the rising number of injuries, the latest being Crawford and Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, the number of potential "three-headed monsters" will inevitably rise as well. Most of the time this isn't an issue, because the third goalies will return to the American Hockey League with no issues.