Need help with goaltending stats? Despite his track record and pedigree, Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere — who won his third straight Friday night, shutting out the Blackhawks 3-0 in Anaheim — is available in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues and a whopping 91.5 percent of ESPN games.
Grab him before your competition awakes from its collective Thanksgiving coma and starts reading box scores.
Alleged starting G Jonas Hiller has not played since Nov. 21. In the three games since then, Giguere has stopped 97 of 101 shots. Here’s how their season-long stats look as of Saturday afternoon:
Hiller: 7-8-1, .909,3.02, one shutout.
Giguere: 3-3-2, .918, 2.64, one shutout.
When you consider Giguere has made the last three starts for the surging Ducks, the decision to add him in all fantasy formats is a no-brainer. Even if you are stacked with goalies, Giguere has the sort of upside that’s worth dropping a No. 4 defensemen for — even if it means playing with three D-men for a week.
Yes, his awful 2008-09 campaign (19-18-6, .900, 3.10, two shutouts) left a mark. Yes, Hiller was indisputably the better player last year (23-15-1, .919, 2.39, four shutouts). But Giguere’s elite seasons are the stuff of fantasy championships. If your roster has a goalie who puts up the type of numbers that Giguere did in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07 or 2007-08, your roster is a title contender. In those four seasons, Giguere’s lowest totals for GAA (2.30) and save percentage (.918) were still stellar.
Anaheim next plays Sunday night, hosting a Phoenix squad that’s hardly frightening anyone with its scoring abilities. It would be a great chance for Ducks coach Randy Carlyle to rotate Hiller back in; but if Giggy gets the home start on Tuesday night vs. the Kings — and he continues to excel — you can rest assured the job is his.
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