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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Impact of Schneider returning for Devils
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is expected to start on the road against the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG+, NHL.TV). He has missed the past 16 games because of a lower-body injury.
Schneider (77 percent owned in Yahoo) re-enters NHL.com's top 20 fantasy goalies with the Devils in Stanley Cup Playoff position. New Jersey has 19 games remaining, 16 against contending teams, but Schneider (17-11-6, .913 save percentage) is still worth owning in most formats. Backup Keith Kinkaid (21 percent) went 8-4-0 with a .913 SV% in 12 games during Schneider's absence, with depth goalies Ken Appleby and Eddie Lack also seeing playing time.
Worth noting: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (87th in Yahoo) is expected to start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. He has missed the past three games because of a lower-body injury.
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 (+1)
2. Tuukka Rask, BOS (-1)
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH (+1)
4. Frederik Andersen, TOR (-1)
5. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (SAME)
6. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (+1)
7. Ben Bishop, DAL (+2)
8. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (-2)
9. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (-1)
10. Martin Jones, SJS (+1)
11. Jonathan Quick, LAK (+1)
12. John Gibson, ANA (DTD)
13. Petr Mrazek, PHI (+6)
14. Semyon Varlamov, COL (+2)
15. Braden Holtby, WSH (-2)
16. Cory Schneider, NJD (NEW - INJ.)
17. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (SAME)
18. Carter Hutton, STL (SAME)
19. Roberto Luongo, FLA (+3)
20. Philipp Grubauer, WSH (NEW)
21. Antti Raanta, ARI (+3)
22. Antti Niemi, MTL (NEW)
23. Casey DeSmith, PIT (NEW)
24. Tristan Jarry, PIT (NEW)
25. Ryan Miller, ANA (-2)
Dropped out: Jake Allen, STL; Anton Khudobin, BOS
Just missed: Jon Gillies, CGY; Keith Kinkaid, NJD; Cam Talbot, EDM; Robin Lehner, BUF; Kari Lehtonen, DAL
Key injuries: Corey Crawford, CHI; Mike Smith, CGY (dropped out); Matt Murray, PIT (dropped out); Carey Price, MTL (dropped out); Brian Elliott, PHI; Michal Neuvirth, PHI; Jonathan Bernier, COL; Malcolm Subban, VGK; Thomas Greiss, NYI
READ: Last Week's Top 25 goalie rankings