All season long, NHL.com's David Satriano will rank the top 25 goalies for standard Yahoo leagues (wins, goals-against average, save percentage, shutouts). Players with long-term injuries have been removed from this list.
These rankings are based on expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by projected starts, peripheral category coverage, time-share situations, team defenses, past performance and overall upside in standard leagues. It is important to note that our rankings reflect sheer fantasy value, not necessarily the most talented goalies in order.
Marc-Andre Fleury's time as a No. 1 goaltender may be over, but he's going to take the reins for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the next few weeks with Matt Murray injured.
The Penguins said Thursday that Murray is considered week to week after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. It's the second time Murray has been injured this season; he sustained a broken hand playing for Team North America during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and missed the beginning of the regular season. Murray (88 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) was having an outstanding season (13-3-1, 2.18 GAA, .928 SV%, two SO in 17 starts). Fleury, who has started 20 games, made 19 saves on 19 shots and got the win Wednesday, but he's 11-5-4 with a 3.13 GAA and .908 SV% this season. He's clearly taken a back seat since Murray took over during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and helped the Penguins to the championship.
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Fleury (77 percent owned) has three straight wins and has allowed three goals in his previous two starts, so he's shown signs of a possible turnaround. The Penguins pile up the wins, so if you need a goalie and Fleury is available, he's worth picking up since now he becomes a starter.
However, there's a good chance Fleury is owned by the same team that owns Murray. If that's the case we'll provide some replacement options below. It's also worth keeping an eye on Tristian Jarry (less than 1 percent owned), who the Penguins recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to back up Fleury. He has yet to make his NHL debut, but has a 2.15 GAA and .921 SV% in 19 AHL games this season.
Video: CAR@PIT: Fleury makes strong set of pad stops in 3rd
It might be surprising to see these words here, but Brian Elliott finally is playing like the goalie the Calgary Flames thought they acquired in June. Elliott has started three of the past five games and has allowed six goals in that span. He seems to be playing better with increased playing time after not putting together a solid stretch at any prior point this season. Elliott (55 percent owned) finally could see the majority of the starts with Chad Johnson (66 percent owned) struggling, having allowed 15 goals while losing four straight starts.
The New York Islanders have carried three goalies all season, but finally came to a decision to narrow their depth chart Friday by placing Jaroslav Halak on waivers. Halak allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, but his disappointing season came to a breaking point Thursday when he allowed four goals on 24 shots and was pulled in the second period of a 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild, after which Islanders coach Jack Capuano said he let up some soft goals. Halak allowed 10 goals in his two starts prior to Tuesday, and his 3.23 GAA and .904 SV% just didn't cut it. Thomas Greiss (47 percent owned) has allowed three goals in his past two starts, winning each, and enters the top 25 fantasy rankings after this development. Jean-Francois Berube (1 percent owned) assumes backup duties.
Video: BUF@NYI: Greiss stops redirection and freezes play
-- Jared Coreau (2 percent owned), has started two of the past three games for the Detroit Red Wings and has won each. He made 26 saves in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday after making 31 saves in a 4-3 victory against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 23. Jimmy Howard (37 percent owned) will be out 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain, so it was thought that Petr Mrazek (71 percent owned) would make most of the starts. But Mrazek hasn't played well and coach Jeff Blashill has said he wants to give Coreau a chance.
-- Keith Kinkaid of the New Jersey Devils (2 percent owned) made 43 saves in a 2-1 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday to improve to 4-3-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .930 SV%. He likely will see more playing time with Cory Schneider continuing to struggle. Schneider has allowed at least four goals in nine of his past 13 starts.
-- Semyon Varlamov (44 percent owned) has missed the past three games for the Colorado Avalanche because of a groin injury. Calvin Pickard (11 percent owned) has started each game, with mixed results; he allowed six goals on 31 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday but made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Prior to that, Pickard made 38 saves in a 2-1 overtime win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 23.
-- Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks returned Dec. 23 after missing three weeks following an appendectomy. He's 1-1-1 and has allowed six goals in three starts.
Video: CHI@NSH: Crawford denies Fiala's backhander
TOP 25 FANTASY GOALIES
These rankings were last updated Dec. 30
1. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (SAME)
2. Carey Price, MTL, (SAME)
3. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (+2)
4. Braden Holtby, WSH (SAME)
5. Tuukka Rask, BOS (+1)
6. Martin Jones, SJS (+1)
7. Corey Crawford, CHI (NR - INJ.)
8. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (DTD)
9. Steve Mason, PHI (SAME)
10. Pekka Rinne, NSH (SAME)
11. Jake Allen, STL (SAME)
12. Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (NEW)
13. Roberto Luongo, FLA (-1)
14. Cam Talbot, EDM (SAME)
15. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+2)
16. John Gibson, ANA (+2)
17. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (-4)
18. Antti Raanta, NYR (+6)
19. Cam Ward, CAR (+6)
20. Cory Schneider, NJD (-1)
21. Mike Condon, OTT (-1)
22. Brian Elliott, CGY (NEW)
23. Peter Budaj, LAK (SAME)
24. Chad Johnson, CGY (-8)
25. Thomas Greiss, NYI (NEW)
Dropped out: Scott Darling (CHI), Connor Hellebuyck (WPG), Petr Mrazek (DET)
Just missed: Hellebuyck, Mrazek, Antti Niemi (DAL), Robin Lehner (BUF), Jared Coreau (DET)
Key injuries: Matt Murray (PIT), Jonathan Quick (LAK), Ben Bishop (TBL), Jimmy Howard (DET), Michal Neuvirth (PHI), Semyon Varlamov (COL)
READ: Last week's Top 25 goalie rankings