Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

It never goes the way you expect it. The sample size is just one week, but look at the save percentage leaders entering Wednesday's games:

Thomas Greiss - .969
Spencer Knight - .968
Jeremy Swayman - .964
John Gibson - .961
Karel Vejmelka - . 956

And the goals-against losers (we'll exclude Carter Hutton's 8.75 GAA because it's off-the-charts, in-another-galaxy kind of bad, though no one is exactly surprised):

Marc-Andre Fleury - 5.63
Connor Hellebuyck - 4.66
Robin Lehner - 4.21
Philipp Grubauer - 4.01
Darcy Kuemper - 3.79

I hope you didn't pick them early.  

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Jeremy Swayman, Bruins (1-0-0, .964 Sv%, 1.00 GAA)

Swayman will earn his second consecutive start Wednesday against the Flyers after he saved 27 shots in a 3-1 in their season opener on the road. The Bruins invested big in Linus Ullmark, who made the naughty list last week after losing the starting job after the preseason, and he will start Friday against Sabres, but Swayman has made a strong first move in the battle for the crease.

Not only will Ullmark have to win against a surprisingly good Sabres team, he will have to outplay Swayman to earn another start. Swayman is still only rostered in just 65 percent of Yahoo leagues while Ullmark remains at 75 percent. It may still end up being Ullmark's net after all, but it's worthwhile to roster both goalies for the time being.

Braden Holtby, Stars (1-1-0, .947 Sv%, 1.75 GAA)

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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