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What is going on with Henrik Lundqvist?
The New York Rangers goalie was a Vezina Trophy favorite and not long ago ranked first in goals-against average and save percentage. After a poor month of December, Lundqvist ranks 24th in GAA (2.49) and 16th in save percentage (.921). New York went 4-7-2 this month and had lost eight straight games on the road prior to a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. The defense has not been good, but Lundqvist has also allowed his share of goals he doesn't normally allow.
After allowing three goals twice in his first 15 appearances, he's allowed at least three in nine of 16 games, including five goals four times (twice in the past four starts). Lundqvist allowed five or more goals four times all of last season.
"It was just a few minutes in the third, we got hurt big time," Lundqvist said after a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. "It's been the case in too many games now, and it's extremely disappointing and frustrating. Personally, you try to work really hard to get a good game and be there. Then in a few minutes, it's just all destroyed. It's definitely challenging, but all you can do is work even harder and try to be positive about the good things, and hopefully it will turn around."
Although Lundqvist allowed two goals on 22 shots in the win on Wednesday, his play lately has not made him an automatic start anymore and his numbers recently have no doubt cost some their fantasy matchups the past few weeks.
Lundqvist is owned in 100 percent of Yahoo Leagues, which is no surprise, but backup Antti Raanta (4-3-1, 2.08 GAA, .919 save percentage) has played well for the most part this season. That could mean Lundqvist, a workhorse, may be given more nights off to give him a rest and perhaps keep him fresh for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders
Greiss (49 percent owned) was already getting plenty of starts, but will get even more now with Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. His ownership has gone up 10 percent in the past two days. Greiss (10-5-2, 2.09 GAA, .932 save percentage) has allowed 10 goals in his five regulation losses, so he's kept the Islanders in every game. Greiss made 30 saves in a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
It's also interesting to note, the more rubber he faces, the better he fares; Greiss is 6-2-1 when facing at least 30 shots. The two regulation losses came in his past two starts before Monday, where he made 63 saves on 67 shots, but the Islanders scored a combined two goals.
Halak (10-6-3, 2.09 GAA, .923 save percentage) missed four games to start the season because of an upper-body injury and Greiss filled in admirably, which gave coach Jack Capuano confidence to use him more.
Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens
To be fair, there was no way Condon (41 percent owned) was going to be Carey Price, and there was no way he was going to keep up his pace to begin his NHL career when he went 6-0-2 allowing 14 goals in eight games. Condon is 4-9-1 in his past 14 games and recently lost seven straight starts. It's not all on him; Montreal lost 10 of 11 games before a 4-3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, scoring 16 goals during that stretch.
Even if Price, who has been out since Nov. 25 with a lower-body injury expected to cost him at least six weeks, doesn't come back soon, Condon will have to compete for starts. Montreal acquired goalie Ben Scrivens (14 percent owned) in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers, who started Tuesday against the Florida Panthers and made 27 saves in a 3-1 loss. Scrivens could take more starts from Condon, although Condon likely will start the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins on Friday.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue didn't start Tuesday but played two periods after Anders Lindback allowed three goals on five shots in the first period of a 7-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Domingue (nine percent owned) allowed three goals on 22 shots and took the loss. He allowed four goals in his previous start and is 2-2-1 with a 2.66 GAA and a .915 save percentage, but unless the Coyotes get another goalie it seems like the job is his while Mike Smith remains out after having abdominal surgery earlier this month.
Matthew Murray (four percent owned) has started four of the past five games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday against the Maple Leafs in which he made 34 saves. Marc-Andre Fleury (out since Dec. 14 with a concussion) practiced Tuesday but there is no timetable for his return. Murray is 2-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer made six saves in relief of Jonathan Bernier in a 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. It was Reimer's first appearance since Dec. 3 having been out with a groin injury. Reimer was scheduled to start Wednesday but felt tightness after the relief outing, so he did not dress. Jonathan Bernier started and Antoine Bibeau was an emergency recall from the American Hockey League.
Jacob Markstrom (seven percent owned) has started the past three games for the Vancouver Canucks. After allowing one goal in each of the first two starts, he allowed five on 38 shots in a 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Ryan Miller (82 percent owned) left a 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Dec. 20 with an undisclosed injury and is listed as day-to-day, but could be a week away from returning.
TOP 30 FANTASY GOALIES
These rankings indicate fantasy expectations for this season alone. Value is quantified by projected starts, peripheral category coverage, timeshare situations, team defenses, past performance and overall upside in standard Yahoo categories, which include wins, goals-against average (GAA), save percentage (SV%) and shutouts. It is important to note that our rankings reflect sheer fantasy value, not necessarily the most talented goalies in order.
||Braden Holtby, WSH (SAME)
||Antti Niemi, DAL (+3)
||Pekka Rinne, NSH (+1)
||Martin Jones, SJS (-4)
||Jonathan Quick, LAK (+1)
||Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (NR - INJ.)
||Corey Crawford, CHI (+1)
||Thomas Greiss, NYI (+4)
||Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (-3)
||Mike Condon, MTL (-5)
||Ben Bishop, TBL (SAME)
||Karri Ramo, CGY (+1)
||Jake Allen, STL (+3)
||Craig Anderson, OTT (-2)
||Cory Schneider, NJD (-1)
||Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (+4)
||Tuukka Rask, BOS (-1)
||James Reimer, TOR (SAME)
||Roberto Luongo, FLA (+1)
||Kari Lehtonen, DAL (-3)
||Petr Mrazek, DET (+3)
||Michal Neuvirth, PHI (-1)
||Devan Dubnyk, MIN (-3)
||Matthew Murray, PIT (NEW)
||Jimmy Howard, DET (-1)
||Steve Mason, PHI (+2)
||John Gibson, ANA (+2)
||Louis Domingue, ARI (NEW)
||Semyon Varlamov, COL (+3)
||Cam Ward, CAR (NEW)
Dropped out: Anders Nilsson, Andrew Hammond
Key injuries: Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller, Ondrej Pavelec, Mike Smith, Robin Lehner