The Nice Price?
Canadiens goalie Carey Price (18-8-5, .913, 2.51) has now posted back-to-back solid starts against the Bruins and Penguins. In each game he gave up two goals. If you viewed him as a buy-low candidate, you’re too late now. Price looks as if is he’s about to catch fire. His numbers after last year’s all-star break: 15-5, .931, 2.26.
Time to worry about Steve Mason? No. He’s still a No. 1 goalie in all formats. He is only one week removed from an impressive home-stand including a 3-2 win against the Red Wings and 1-0 shutout of the Senators. So don’t panic based on last night’s dud against the sometimes-potent St. Louis offense. The Blues may be under .500 but their firepower (140 goals, 17th in the league) is respectable. If Mason laid an egg against the Islanders, Wild, Kings, Senators, or Predators (bottom five teams in goals scored), this would be a different story.
Should I bench all my goalies if they’re facing the Capitals? Yes. The Capitals have scored 16 goals in their last three games, including last night’s 5-2 drubbing of Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen in New Jersey.
What was last night’s most significant goaltending event? It was the Kings 1-0 victory in Ottawa. In a clash of rookie goalies, Jonathan Quick ousted Brian Elliott. As we mentioned in yesterday’s debut post, you’d be wise to pick up either of these under-owned keepers.
What was last night’s most significant non-goalie event? Finally, we had a reason to praise Canucks center Mats Sundin. In previous weeks, he had been coasting on reputation. His numbers (two goals, two assists, -6 in nine games) hardly warranted fantasy ownership, especially at the fathom-deep center position. Then came last night: one goal, one assist, +2 in Vancouver’s 4-3 home win against the Hurricanes. It was Sundin’s first multiple-point effort this season, and it came in a close contest. More games like this, Mats, and perhaps you’ll warrant your lofty ownership levels (55 percent in Yahoo! leagues, 73.7 in ESPN).
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