Game of the night: Anaheim (26-22-5) at Minnesota (25-21-3)

Keep that chin up, Jean-Sebastien.

Keep that chin up, Jean-Sebastien.

The downcast goalie on the left, Jean-Sebastien Giguere (12-12-4, .904, 3.08), hasn’t played since January 21. He has not even been a 60-minute man since January 11. In his last nine appearances, Giguere is 1-5-2 with a 3.68 GAA and .876 save percentage.

Giguere’s teammate, Jonas Hiller (14-10-1, .925, 2.17), has made four starts in a row, six starts in the last seven games, and has endeared himself to owners with a whopping four shutouts.

The real question: Is Giguere still worth a roster spot?

Tonight’s game will tell us. If Giguere excels against a relatively torrid Wild averaging 3.5 goals per game in its last eight,  then he certainly belongs on rosters, as a hedge/handcuff to Hiller if nothing else.

If, on the other hand, Giguere falters or does not start, you should consider giving up on him. That is to say, trading him.

Mind you:  Giguere is only 31 years old, he is coming off two elite seasons, and his father died in mid-December. There are reasons to believe he can turn it around. And not many fantasy owners have lost faith: Giguere is still owned in 95 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 100% of ESPN leagues.

But those ownership percentages are out of whack with the last month of hockey reality. Pending tonight’s outcome, Giguere is a struggling benchwarmer. His ability to help fantasy owners for the rest of this season is severely in question.

photo courtesy Buchanan-Hermit


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