Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy goaltender landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 25 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.
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Brian Elliott, PHI: The Philadelphia Flyers have followed their 10-game losing streak by winning four in a row, with Elliott starting each of the games. Elliott (69 percent owned) allowed a combined seven goals in impressive road wins against the Calgary Flames (43 saves), Edmonton Oilers (24 saves) and Vancouver Canucks (36 saves) before making 20 saves in a 4-2 home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Elliott was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He's lowered his GAA to 2.76 and improved his save percentage to .912. Elliott is expected to start against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, MSG-B, NHL.TV); it will be his season-high sixth straight start. Backup Michal Neuvirth (7 percent owned) has a leg injury and, even if he returns this week, may not get much playing time; Neuvirth is 2-5-1 with a 2.65 GAA and .915 SV% and has allowed three or more goals in four of five starts, including four or more in three of them.
Video: TOR@PHI: Elliott makes tough snag on deflection
Kari Lehtonen, DAL: It's somewhat surprising that Lehtonen (11 percent owned) has started four of the past six games for the Dallas Stars, but he has been better than No. 1 Ben Bishop lately. Lehtonen is 3-1-0 and allowed seven goals in those four games, including 32 saves in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders on Wednesday for his 300th NHL win. His 2.44 GAA and .913 SV% are much-improved compared to his previous three seasons, and he's been playing his way into more starts recently. Bishop has been inconsistent this season; he's 13-9-0 with a 2.75 GAA, SV% and two shutouts, and has allowed at least three goals in five of seven games. With Lehtonen playing as well as he has, coach Ken Hitchcock could easily ride the hot hand, making Lehtonen a valuable streaming option and handcuff for Bishop owners.
Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK: The Vegas Golden Knights goaltender returned Tuesday after missing 25 games because of a concussion. Fleury (77 percent owned) was 3-1-0 with a 2.48 GAA and a .925 SV% in four starts before the injury and looked sharp in his return, making 35 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The 33-year-old should see the majority of the workload for Vegas if he remains healthy. The Golden Knights went 16-8-1 without Fleury, whose return mostly affects backup Malcolm Subban (7-2-0, 2.33 GAA, .924 SV%). Subban (36 percent) was rostered in one-half of Yahoo leagues two days ago but now is the clear No. 2 goalie behind Fleury.
Video: CAR@VGK: Fleury turns aside McGinn from in close
Tristan Jarry, PIT: The rookie was serviceable in the absence of starter Matt Murray; Jarry (36 percent owned) has started the Penguins' past six games and is 5-2-2 with a 2.49 GAA, .919 SV% and one shutout. But with Murray expected to return Thursday at the Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN. SN360, ATTSN-RM, ATTNS-PT, NHL.TV), Jarry's run could be over. Murray has not played since Nov. 27, when he left a game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury, and although he has a high GAA (2.95) and low SV% (.906), he'll start the majority of the games if he remains healthy and benefit from Pittsburgh's high-scoring offense and power play. As a result, Jarry can be safely dropped in most leagues.
John Gibson, ANA: This isn't as much a knock on Gibson as it is praise for backup Ryan Miller, who is 3-0-4 with a 1.73 GAA and .945 SV% in eight games (six starts). Miller, the second-oldest goalie in the League at 37 (Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers is 38), appears to be fresher in his new role after starting 50-plus games in each of the past two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. If Gibson gets injured or struggles at any point, Anaheim likely won't hesitate to give more playing time to Miller, who's available in three-fourths of leagues. Gibson does have nine wins and a .921 SV% but has allowed three or more goals in six of his past eight games.
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG: Prior to allowing one goal on 26 shots in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, the Winnipeg Jets goalie had allowed nine goals in two games and at least three goals in four of five. Hellebuyck has decent peripherals (2.44 GAA, .920 SV%) and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 16 victories, but may not be a must-start option anymore. The Jets have one of the NHL's best offenses, so Hellebuyck can even win games where he allows three-plus goals. With Steve Mason injured and no experienced backup, Hellebuyck isn't in any danger of losing his job. That said, fantasy owners may want to take more of a game-by-game approach when deciding whether to start him.
TOP 25 GOALIE RANKINGS
Standard Yahoo categories include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goaltenders. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, team goaltender situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, potential regression, contract status and overall upside for this season. Any players with day-to-day injury concerns (DTD) are noted. NEW - INJ. indicates a player who has returned from injury and rejoined the rankings.
1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (SAME)
2. Jonathan Quick, LAK (SAME)
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH (+1)
4. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (-1)
5. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+2)
6. Braden Holtby, WSH (-1)
7. Corey Crawford, CHI (+1)
8. Matt Murray, PIT (NEW - INJ.)
9. Carey Price, MTL (-3)
10. Jake Allen, STL (+1)
11. Tuukka Rask, BOS (+4)
12. Martin Jones, SJS (-3)
13. John Gibson, ANA (-3)
14. Cory Schneider, NJD (-1)
15. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (-1)
16. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (NEW)
17. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (-1)
18. Ben Bishop, DAL (-1)
19. Mike Smith, CGY (+2)
20. Ryan Miller, ANA (NEW)
21. Jaroslav Halak, NYI (-2)
22. Brian Elliott, PHI (NEW)
23. Aaron Dell, SJS (+2)
24. Kari Lehtonen, DAL (NEW)
25. Antti Raanta, ARI (NEW)
Dropped out: Tristan Jarry, PIT; Semyon Varlamov, COL; Malcolm Subban, VGK; James Reimer, FLA; Jacob Markstrom, VAN
Key injuries: Cam Talbot, EDM (returning vs. MIN on Saturday); Devan Dubnyk, MIN (dropped out); Roberto Luongo, FLA; Oscar Dansk, VGK; Michal Neuvirth, PHI
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