Streaming goalies is an excellent strategy. It’s also an alternative when your struggling goaltender is up against a good team. Thankfully, there are 17 teams that have back-to-back games this week. Whether you need a goalie for a win, some stats, or if you have nothing to lose, there are a lot of options this week. Let’s go over some of the options.
Arizona Coyotes – Antti Raanta/Darcy Kuemper
Wins are going to be hard to come by with either of these goalies. If you are desperate, the Coyotes are on the road to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night and then head to Washington for a match against the Capitals on Sunday evening. Both opponents are very tough so hopefully you don’t need Kuemper.
Boston Bruins – Tuukka Rask/Jaroslav Halak
Tuukka Rask is a nice buy-low option, but if you are an owner, he will get another start this week. Boston is home for the week and gets the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. Jaroslav Halak should be owned by now, but if he is available, you should find a way to get him on your roster. With Halak rolling right now it’s hard to say whether he gets the first game against the divisional rival Leafs.
Calgary Flames – Mike Smith/David Rittich
The Calgary Flames are in California and get matchups against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. With the LA Kings at the bottom of the division, it makes sense for David Rittich to get that assignment.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Sergei Bobrovsky/Joonas Korpisalo
Sergei Bobrovsky is another nice buy low option, but will get a chance to turn it around this week. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in Washington for a tilt against the Capitals Friday night and then go home to face the New York Rangers on Saturday. I expect Bobrovsky to be the guy in Washington. That would give Korpisalo the easier matchup against the Rangers.
Detroit Red Wings – Jimmy Howard/Jonathan Bernier
The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Rangers Friday night and go to Carolina to face the Hurricanes on Saturday. The Rangers are the easier matchup and Bernier could have the net for that one. If not, the Hurricanes struggle to score goals but they generate a lot of shots on goal, I would look elsewhere if I want to stream a goalie.
Florida Panthers – Roberto Luongo/James Reimer
The Florida Panthers are not off to the start they wanted, but are home all week. They face off against the New York Islanders on Friday night then Ottawa rolls into town on Saturday. The Senators have the worst record of the two and James Reimer probably tends the net against the familiar foe.
Minnesota Wild – Devan Dubnyk/Alex Stalock
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild are rolling right now. They are on the road the whole week with back-to-back games in California. The Wild go up against the LA Kings Thursday night and face the Anaheim Ducks Friday night. With both of the Cali teams struggling it will be interesting to see who gets the net, stay tuned.
New York Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist/Alexander Georgiev
The New York Rangers are on the road for their back-to-back matchups on Friday and Saturday. Georgiev probably gets the easier matchup on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. That will leave Henrik Lundqvist against the Columbus Blue Jackets the next day.
Ottawa Senators – Craig Anderson/Mike Mckenna
I would not play any of these goalies against these teams. The Ottawa Senators are in the Sunshine State for the weekend. They probably start off with Craig Anderson in the net against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. If all goes well, Mike Mckenna will face the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
San Jose Sharks – Martin Jones/Aaron Dell
The San Jose Sharks are in Dallas Thursday night and then head to St Louis to face the Blues Friday night. The Dallas Stars have the better record of the two so it makes sense for Jones to be in the net. Dell has a good chance for a win against the struggling Blues.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Frederik Andersen/Garret Sparks
The Toronto Maple Leafs are at home Friday night hosting the New Jersey Devils and then go to Boston on Saturday. Andersen definitely will get the matchup on Saturday which will leave Sparks in the net on Friday. Sparks will have a good chance for a win against the struggling Devils.
Vegas Golden Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury/Malcolm Subban
Vegas is struggling to score goals and the magic from last season seems to have worn off. The Vegas Golden Knights are on the road for the week and have back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. It will be interesting to see whether Subban will face his former team, the Boston Bruins, on Sunday. That would leave Fleury against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.