The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a big blow when they announced that Carey Price would be out for a minimum of six weeks. Chances are, if you’re a Price owner – your fantasy team is looking a little troublesome between the pipes. If you missed out on the Mike Condon train in fantasy hockey week 8 transaction trends, there are other goal tending options you can pick up.
Mike Condon – G – Montreal Canadiens
Let’s start with the man of the hour. Condon has filled in admirably for the all-star, Price. He’s 10-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA to go along with a .934 SV% as CP31’s replacement. Price is slated to miss the next 18 games (Estimated return Jan 14 vs Chicago) and those games are against some tough company. 15 of the next 18 games are against teams above .500 (Including two against Boston and two against the Capitals). Condon has shown that he’s more than capable to fill-in while Price is out but if he falters at all – the door is wide open for Zachary Fucale. If you have an empty roster spot – it might be a good idea to handcuff Condon with Fucale (1% owned).
Thomas Greiss – G – New York Islanders
Greiss and his counter-part Jaroslav Halak are fighting for first-string status. They have very similar stats (Halak: 2.02 GAA, .921 SV% | Greiss: 2.30 GAA, .925 SV%) and it seems like head coach Jack Capuano is not opposed to riding the hot hand. This week? It’s Thomas Greiss. The 29 year old has won his last two starts and looks to be the go-to guy for now. The Islanders have three games left this week so Greiss could bring you some short term value or a handcuff if you’re a Halak owner.
John Gibson – G – Anaheim Ducks
John Gibson just might be the best goaltender in the Ducks organization. He only has a four game sample size this year (2W, 1.82 GAA, .936 SV%, 1 SO) but he’s been pretty damn good. Frederik Andersen has been very average on the season but horrible over his last three games (.817 SV%). If Gibson and the Ducks keep rolling there’s no guarantee that Andersen gets his job back. If Gibson is available in your league – pick him up.
Leo Komarov – C/LW – Toronto Maple Leafs
Leo Komarov used to be an add strictly used if you were desperate for hits. He’s doing that (2nd among eligible forwards with 114 hits) and more. With 10 goals on the season, he’s already eclipsed his previous career best of 8 NHL goals. Komarov has found a home on the top line with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk while manning the middle on the top power play unit. Leo is on a hot streak (4G last 3GP) and the Leafs have three games left this week. Strike while the iron’s hot.
Frans Nielsen – C – New York Islanders
At age 31, Frans Nielsen is having the most productive season of his career. He’s shooting the puck way more (69 SOG) and it’s leading to points. Nielsen is currently on pace for 61 points which would be a new career high. He can thank life on the top power play unit with John Tavares for that.
Michael Stone – D – Arizona Coyotes
More ice time = more production in most cases. Michael Stone is no exception. Playing 22+ minutes per game over his last three contests – Stone has produced. One goal and two assists while firing seven shots on goal provides not only season long value but great DFS value. He’s paired up with Arizonas best player in Oliver Ekman-Larsson while seeing time on the second power play unit. Arizona has three more games this week including matchups against Buffalo and Carolina. Value. Value. Value.
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* All percentage owned and position eligibility based on Yahoo!