The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

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Jake Allen, Canadiens (5-10-1, .907 Sv%, 2.96 GAA)

The Habs have won two of their last five games, which is still a big improvement, and at least the firing of Marc Bergevin brought more clarity to the team's future. Allen is still capable of playing well for short stretches — he has a .946 Sv% in his last two starts — but playing the right matchups is really important. Because the Habs don't seem to have a lot of confidence in either Samuel Montembeault or Cayden Primeau, Allen's workload is probably going to be substantial. His ability to accumulate saves in high volumes will be his most attractive feature in leagues that count saves.

Filip Gustavsson and Anton Forsberg, Senators (combined: 4-9-1, .899 Sv%, 3.92 GAA)

With Matt Murray getting demoted to the AHL, the net is Gustavsson and Forsberg's to share. Expect a 50/50 timeshare for the rest of the season unless one gets hot, but ultimately, they're still playing behind a young team that lacks quality depth. Their defense is thin and they bleed shots, so at least Gustavsson and Forsberg will see a lot of volume to rack up the saves. Occasionally, Gustavsson will put in an awesome performance and steal a win, but unless goalies are a scarce commodity in your fantasy league, neither will be worth rostering long-term during the season.

James Reimer, Sharks (past 5 starts: 4-1-0, .924 Sv%, 2.38 GAA)

It looks like Reimer has firmly established

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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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