Week of April 26 – May 2
Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights: Vegas officially secured its postseason spot this past week and a big factor that helped them get there was Marc-Andre Fleury. After cooling down slightly, it seems that Fleury has rediscovered the momentum he had in early March. The 36-year-old is currently riding a four-game win streak and even picked up a shutout during that stretch. Fleury’s biggest fantasy downside is that he is once again splitting starts with Robin Lehner, who is also playing incredibly well, and it seems that Vegas will continue this rotation through the rest of the regular season. However, Fleury’s ice time during the playoffs is still up in the air. He has more playoff experience than Lehner and if he can keep his current momentum through this late-season stretch, then he has a chance to be a huge asset come playoff time.
Semyon Varlamov – New York Islanders: Although his record in his past five starts sits at 2-2-1, Varlamov has been putting up great individual numbers as of late. In those five games he did not post a save percentage below .900 even once and also secured two shutouts. Earlier this season the number one spot in the East division was a constant battle between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. Currently the Islanders sit third in the division and the Boston Bruins are not far behind. The team, as a whole, needs to ramp up its level of play with the end of the regular season looming, and if they do then maybe Varlamov’s record will start reflecting his stats. The goalie currently has a save percentage of .926 and a GAA of 2.12.
Cam Talbot – Minnesota Wild: Talbot has been on fire recently, as he is currently on a five-game win streak. The 33-year-old goaltender has only one regulation loss in his past 14 appearances. He currently has a record of 17-6-3, with a save percentage of .926 and a GAA of 2.33. The Minnesota Wild are currently in a playoff spot and Talbot’s performance could help them secure a bid sooner rather than later. With the momentum that he is on, Talbot is a great option in any fantasy situation.
Philipp Grubauer – Colorado Avalanche: Grubauer tested positive for COVID-19 on April 14th, but as of yesterday Grubauer was officially activated off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. With his expected return to the lineup being close, Grubauer is a must-start whenever he gets the nod. He has been having a great season so far. Grubauer has a record of 25-8-1, with a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.00. Prior to being sidelined, Grubauer had tough game on April 7th against the Minnesota Wild. In that matchup he allowed a whopping seven goals and finished with a save percentage of .611. Odds are that was an anomaly, but that game being just two games before he tested positive does bring into question what type of momentum he will return to the ice with.
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Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins: The Bruins currently hold the final playoff spot in the East, but the New York Rangers are only six points behind. Thus, the Bruins will undoubtedly aim to make a late-season push and put up good numbers in order to secure a playoff berth. Tuukka Rask has already been a huge asset for the Bruins as of late. He went on a mini three-game win streak and even picked up a shutout during that stretch. However, the reason he is in the good column and not great column is his last game on April 23rd against the Buffalo Sabres. He got pulled from the matchup after allowing four goals on 28 shots. This was his first underwhelming performance since returning to the Bruins lineup, and so this next week it will be critical to see how he responds and whether this impacts his momentum.
Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars: The 22-year-old Stars netminder is having himself a pretty decent season so far. He went on a three-game stretch this past week where he consistently posted save percentages above .900, picked up three wins, and allowed only four goals throughout all three of those games. However, following that streak he did post a poor performance when he allowed three goals on 13 shots against the Detroit Red Wings on April 22nd that thwarted his momentum. His record is not great, at 9-6-6, but he shows promise and might be worth rolling a dice on in a daily fantasy situation. Oettinger currently has a save percentage of .916 and a GAA of 2.23.
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Jonathan Bernier – Detroit Red Wings: Bernier’s season struggles have continued this past week, as he has posted rather poor numbers in his last few appearances. He did have a great game on April 12th against the Carolina Hurricanes, where he allowed only one goal on 38 shots and finished with a .974 save percentage. However, in his next two games he failed to crack a .900 save percentage. In fact, in his last game against the Starts on April 20th, Bernier allowed four goals on 12 shots and finished the night with a .667 save percentage. The 32-year-old netminder has a record of 9-9-0, with a save percentage of .908 and a high GAA of 3.08.
Kevin Lankinen – Chicago Blackhawks: Lankinen has gone from being a serious Calder contender to hitting some rough patches. He has only posted a save percentage above .900 once in his past five games. In his last appearance against the Nashville Predators on April 19th, he allowed five goals on 22 shots and finished his night with a .773 save percentage. He has also allowed at least three goals in each of his past five starts. Lankinen currently has a record of 16-13-4, with a GAA of 2.89 and a save percentage .911. Until he regains his composure, Lankinen is an option to avoid.