This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
While this column is usually focused on short-term insight, looking at things from a broader perspective is also important in order to get the full picture. With the All-Star break now behind us, most teams have about 30 games left to play. Here are three potential risers and fallers to look for in the season's final stretch:
Braden Holtby doesn't have much room for ascent, but he could end up rising all the way to the top of the goalie charts by season's end. He trails just Devan Dubnyk and the injured Jimmy Howard in both GAA and save percentage, and is within striking distance of league wins leader Sergei Bobrovsky. If the Capitals end up claiming their second consecutive President's Trophy over Bobrovsky's Blue Jackets, Holtby could well end up rising to the top of the heap among NHL netminders.
Thomas Greiss has been coming on for a while now, and his meteoric rise should continue for the rest of the campaign. He may even be able to dig the Islanders out of their early-season hole and into a playoff spot while continuing to receive a heavy workload with Jaroslav Halak toiling away at AHL Bridgeport. Even if Greiss fails to lead his team to a playoff berth, those who picked him up prior to or during his current stretch of allowing two or fewer goals in 12 of the past 14 games have a serious fantasy asset on their hands.
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