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Darryl's Dispatch: Goalie Forecast Guide

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and in 2011-12 won the CBSSports.com Experts Fantasy Hockey League title. Find more of his work at ProHockeyWeekly.com or BlogTalkRadio. Follow him on Twitter at @dhoustonsmith.

Goalie Forecast Strategy

The end of a free trial to NHL Center Ice on October 25th marks the beginning of the true competition in fantasy leagues. Up until that day, everybody in your league has had the same opportunity to watch the games for themselves. Once October 26th dawns, the advantage will fall to league members who pony up and pay for either Center Ice or the NHL Game Center. Nothing beats watching your goalies, game in and game out. You should never miss a start or, failing that, at a minimum you should go back and catch a game on replay. The information you pick up by actively watching and listening to these broadcasts is invaluable and well worth the expense if you take your NHL Fantasy Hockey work seriously.

October 25th is also important because it marks the day when the teams have settled into their lines and routines and the real season play begins. Oh, I know, the official start of the season is weeks earlier, but we all know those first weeks are more equivalent to exhibition play than anybody in the NHL would care to admit. What it means to Fantasy Hockey players is simple – don't overreact to anything you see during these opening weeks. Have faith in your goalies and your decision to choose them in the first place. Let them have their early losses and just ride it out. The only thing you should keep a watch out for is any sign of injury or a change of job description.

If you followed my advice and drafted the back up for your number one goalie, you should be sitting pretty for this stage of the season. If you didn't, it's time to do so before someone else reads my work and takes them off the waiver wire.

Let's take a quick look back at the top tandems from that article. A quick reminder of the color key: Tier I is green. Tier II is yellow, Tier III is blue and Tier IV (formerly red) is now colorless (no matter the color, these are not the goalies you seek). To help you find your first goalie's backup a little quicker, you will find that all backups share the same color as their team's starter. (For example, since Rask is green all other Boston goalies will be green as well.)  Here are the 50 goalies who have played the most.

Goalie Stats to Date:

PLAYER TEAM GP W L OT SO
Frederik Andersen Ana 5 5 0 0 1
Carey Price Mtl 5 4 1 0 0
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ 5 3 2 0 0
Cory Schneider NJ 5 3 2 0 0
Jonathan Quick LA 5 3 1 1 1
Henrik Lundqvist NYR 5 3 2 0 1
Tuukka Rask Bos 5 2 3 0 0
Ondrej Pavelec Wpg 5 1 3 0 0
Jhonas Enroth Buf 5 1 4 0 0
Pekka Rinne Nas 4 3 0 1 1
Ben Bishop TB 4 3 0 1 0
Jaroslav Halak NYI 4 3 1 0 0
Corey Crawford Chi 4 3 0 1 0
Marc-Andre Fleury Pit 4 3 1 0 0
Jonas Hiller Cgy 4 2 2 0 0
Jimmy Howard Det 4 2 1 1 0
Braden Holtby Wsh 4 2 0 1 1
Kari Lehtonen Dal 4 2 0 2 0
Brian Elliott StL 4 1 2 1 1
Roberto Luongo Fla 4 1 2 1 1
Ben Scrivens Edm 4 0 3 0 0
Steve Mason Phi 4 0 2 1 0
Jonathan Bernier Tor 4 0 2 1 0
Ryan Miller Van 3 3 0 0 1
Antti Niemi SJ 3 3 0 0 1
Darcy Kuemper Min 3 2 1 0 2
James Reimer Tor 3 2 1 0 0
Karri Ramo Cgy 3 2 1 0 0
Craig Anderson Ott 3 2 1 0 1
Alex Stalock SJ 3 1 1 1 1
Reto Berra Col 3 1 0 0 0
Niklas Svedberg Bos 3 1 1 0 1
Mike Smith Ari 3 1 2 0 0
Semyon Varlamov Col 3 0 2 1 0
Robin Lehner Ott 2 2 0 0 0
Ray Emery Phi 2 1 0 1 0
Dustin Tokarski Mtl 2 1 0 0 0
Martin Jones LA 2 1 0 0 0
Justin Peters Wsh 2 1 0 1 0
Cam Ward Car 2 0 1 1 0


Here is a forecast of the remaining games in the month of October. This chart goes pretty far out so remember to use the watch list feature of your RotoWire profile to track the day-to-day changes that will no doubt occur. (As part of your membership you can have updates sent directly from RotoWire to your email.) This tool is critical for those in daily leagues but, as the season continues, you will find that this handy forecast will be pretty accurate. In the coming weeks, more detailed goalie analysis will be added to the forecast but this is what you need for now. Until then, remember watch those out-of-town broadcasts. You can be certain that your league's leaders are.

DATE AWAY AWAY GOALIE HOME HOME GOALIE EDGE
WED OCT 22, 2014 TORONTO James Reimer OTTAWA Craig Anderson James Reimer
WED OCT 22, 2014 PHILADELPHIA Ray Emery PITTSBURGH Marc-Andre Fleury Marc-Andre Fleury
WED OCT 22, 2014 WASHINGTON Braden Holtby EDMONTON Viktor Fasth Braden Holtby
WED OCT 22, 2014 BUFFALO Jhonas Enroth ANAHEIM Frederik Andersen Frederik Andersen
THU OCT 23, 2014 NY ISLANDERS Jaroslav Halak BOSTON Tuukka Rask Tuukka Rask
THU OCT 23, 2014 PITTSBURGH Thomas Greiss DETROIT Jimmy Howard Jimmy Howard
THU OCT 23, 2014 VANCOUVER Ryan Miller ST. LOUIS Brian Elliott Brian Elliott
THU OCT 23, 2014 CHICAGO Corey Crawford NASHVILLE Pekka Rinne Pekka Rinne
THU OCT 23, 2014 ARIZONA Mike Smith MINNESOTA Darcy Kuemper Darcy Kuemper
THU OCT 23, 2014 CAROLINA Cam Ward CALGARY Jonas Hiller Jonas Hiller
THU OCT 23, 2014 BUFFALO Michal Neuvirth LOS ANGELES Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick
THU OCT 23, 2014 COLUMBUS Sergei Bobrovsky SAN JOSE Antti Niemi Antti Niemi
FRI OCT 24, 2014 DALLAS Kari Lehtonen NEW JERSEY Cory Schneider Kari Lehtonen
FRI OCT 24, 2014 TAMPA BAY Ben Bishop WINNIPEG Ondrej Pavelec Ben Bishop
FRI OCT 24, 2014 VANCOUVER Eddie Lack COLORADO Semyon Varlamov Semyon Varlamov
FRI OCT 24, 2014 CAROLINA Anton Khudobin EDMONTON Ben Scrivens Ben Scrivens
FRI OCT 24, 2014 COLUMBUS Sergei Bobrovsky ANAHEIM Frederik Andersen Frederik Andersen
SAT OCT 25, 2014 BUFFALO Jhonas Enroth SAN JOSE Alex Stalock Alex Stalock
SAT OCT 25, 2014 BOSTON Tuukka Rask TORONTO Jonathan Bernier Tuukka Rask
SAT OCT 25, 2014 NY RANGERS Henrik Lundqvist MONTRÉAL Carey Price Carey Price
SAT OCT 25, 2014 NEW JERSEY Scott Clemmensen OTTAWA Robin Lehner Robin Lehner
SAT OCT 25, 2014 DALLAS Anders Lindback NY ISLANDERS Jaroslav Halak Jaroslav Halak
SAT OCT 25, 2014 DETROIT Jimmy Howard PHILADELPHIA Steve Mason Steve Mason
SAT OCT 25, 2014 CHICAGO Corey Crawford ST. LOUIS Brian Elliott Brian Elliott
SAT OCT 25, 2014 PITTSBURGH Marc-Andre Fleury NASHVILLE Pekka Rinne Pekka Rinne
SAT OCT 25, 2014 TAMPA BAY Evgeni Nabokov MINNESOTA Darcy Kuemper Darcy Kuemper
SAT OCT 25, 2014 FLORIDA Roberto Luongo ARIZONA Mike Smith Mike Smith
SAT OCT 25, 2014 WASHINGTON Justin Peters CALGARY Jonas Hiller Jonas Hiller
SUN OCT 26, 2014 COLORADO Semyon Varlamov WINNIPEG Ondrej Pavelec Semyon Varlamov
SUN OCT 26, 2014 COLUMBUS Sergei Bobrovsky LOS ANGELES Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick
SUN OCT 26, 2014 OTTAWA Craig Anderson CHICAGO Antti Raanta Antti Raanta
SUN OCT 26, 2014 SAN JOSE Antti Niemi ANAHEIM Frederik Andersen Frederik Andersen
SUN OCT 26, 2014 WASHINGTON Braden Holtby VANCOUVER Ryan Miller Ryan Miller
MON OCT 27, 2014 MINNESOTA Darcy Kuemper NY RANGERS Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist
MON OCT 27, 2014 MONTRÉAL Carey Price EDMONTON Ben Scrivens Carey Price
TUE OCT 28, 2014 MINNESOTA Darcy Kuemper BOSTON Tuukka Rask Tuukka Rask
TUE OCT 28, 2014 WINNIPEG Ondrej Pavelec NY ISLANDERS Jaroslav Halak Jaroslav Halak
TUE OCT 28, 2014 LOS ANGELES Jonathan Quick PHILADELPHIA Steve Mason Jonathan Quick
TUE OCT 28, 2014 NEW JERSEY Cory Schneider PITTSBURGH Marc-Andre Fleury Marc-Andre Fleury
TUE OCT 28, 2014 OTTAWA Craig Anderson COLUMBUS Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky
TUE OCT 28, 2014 BUFFALO Jhonas Enroth TORONTO Jonathan Bernier Jonathan Bernier
TUE OCT 28, 2014 ARIZONA Mike Smith TAMPA BAY Ben Bishop Ben Bishop
TUE OCT 28, 2014 ANAHEIM Frederik Andersen CHICAGO Corey Crawford Corey Crawford
TUE OCT 28, 2014 ST. LOUIS Brian Elliott DALLAS Kari Lehtonen Kari Lehtonen
TUE OCT 28, 2014 SAN JOSE Antti Niemi COLORADO Semyon Varlamov Semyon Varlamov
TUE OCT 28, 2014 MONTRÉAL Dustin Tokraski CALGARY Jonas Hiller Jonas Hiller
TUE OCT 28, 2014 CAROLINA Anton Khudobin VANCOUVER Ryan Miller Ryan Miller
WED OCT 29, 2014 DETROIT Jimmy Howard WASHINGTON Braden Holtby Braden Holtby
WED OCT 29, 2014 NASHVILLE Pekka Rinne EDMONTON Viktor Fasth Viktor Fasth
THU OCT 30, 2014 BOSTON Tuukka Rask BUFFALO Jhonas Enroth Tuukka Rask
THU OCT 30, 2014 WINNIPEG Ondrej Pavelec NEW JERSEY Cory Schneider Cory Schneider
THU OCT 30, 2014 LOS ANGELES Jonathan Quick PITTSBURGH Marc-Andre Fleury Jonathan Quick
THU OCT 30, 2014 CHICAGO Corey Crawford OTTAWA Craig Anderson Corey Crawford
THU OCT 30, 2014 PHILADELPHIA Steve Mason TAMPA BAY Ben Bishop Ben Bishop
THU OCT 30, 2014 ARIZONA Mike Smith FLORIDA Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo
THU OCT 30, 2014 ANAHEIM Frederik Andersen ST. LOUIS Brian Elliott Brian Elliott
THU OCT 30, 2014 SAN JOSE Antti Niemi MINNESOTA Darcy Kuemper Darcy Kuemper
THU OCT 30, 2014 NY ISLANDERS Jaroslav Halak COLORADO Semyon Varlamov Semyon Varlamov
THU OCT 30, 2014 MONTRÉAL Carey Price VANCOUVER Ryan Miller Carey Price
FRI OCT 31, 2014 TORONTO Jonathan Bernier COLUMBUS Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky
FRI OCT 31, 2014 LOS ANGELES Martin Jones DETROIT Jimmy Howard Jimmy Howard
FRI OCT 31, 2014 ANAHEIM Jason LaBarbera DALLAS Kari Lehtonen Kari Lehtonen
FRI OCT 31, 2014 NASHVILLE Pekka Rinne CALGARY Jonas Hiller Pekka Rinne