The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

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Frederik Andersen, Hurricanes (5-0-0, .946 Sv%, 1.60 GAA)

The best goalie in the league deserves a mention because no one expected it to be Andersen. A 4-1 win against his former team ensured the Canes remained unbeaten as they head into their next game against the visiting Bruins, who have eliminated Carolina from the playoffs two of the last three seasons. After that, it's the Blackhawks, Coyotes and then Blackhawks again, so Andersen may retain his spot at the top a little longer and give the Canes a chance to win 10 straight and tie the record for longest unbeaten streak to start the season. Andersen has been so good, supposed "1B" Antti Raanta likely won't see his first action until their back-to-back on Thursday and Friday.

Linus Ullmark, Bruins (2-0-0, .935 Sv%, 2.00 GAA)

Ullmark is back in the starter's crease with consecutive wins, capitalizing on the opportunity left open by Jeremy Swayman after he allowed five goals on 24 shots against the Flyers in his second start, proving once again that the preseason means nothing. But just as Swayman's hold on the starting job lasted one game, Ullmark could lose it just as quickly; the Bruins face the Hurricanes and the Panthers twice in their next three games — far tougher opponents than their previous four. Swayman (60 percent rostered) will get another chance, so don't give up on him just yet, and this goaltending battle with Ullmark (80 percent rostered) might last all

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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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