We are four weeks into the NHL season and things are heating up. Let's recap before we get into the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey week 4 goalie report.
First things first. All hail the Sharks who finally grabbed their first win of the season over the Flyers. Sadly I bet the Flyers, but it was still nice to see San Jose come away with a win.
Probably the biggest story of the week was the Oilers putting Jack Campbell on waivers. Edmonton has looked like one of the worst teams in the league and something definitely had to be done. Stuart Skinner is going to have to step it up and this move suggests the Oilers may possibly look into trading for another goalie.
The Calgary Flames have recalled Dustin Wolf from the AHL to try and help turn things around. I've done nothing but dump on Jacob Markstrom this season so I had a feeling this one was coming. Dustin Wolf is the reigning back-to-back goalie of the year in the AHL and hopefully can carry that success into the NHL.
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Goalie Report
Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild (3-2-1, ,899 SV%, 2.69 GAA)
Filip Gustavsson has looked abysmal this year and it's very reassuring to see Fleury hold his own. He's been pulled twice so far in November and Fluery only allowed one goal in each of those games.
Fleury is about to turn 39 years old so it's difficult to imagine he can play at this level for the whole season. He's also been good for a long time so who knows.
The other problem is the Wild have the worst penalty kill in the league this season. It's much easier to start a goalie when you know he's going to get help from his defense. Still, Fleury is rostered in only 67% of leagues and is worth considering.
Antti Raanta, Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-0, .877 SV%, 2.83 GAA)
He's grabbed wins in two starts since Andersen went down and has one shutout on the year. The Hurricanes did not start the season firing on all cylinders, but they still remain one of the best teams in the league.
They have tremendous depth among their forwards and a group of defensemen who can play both sides of the puck. You can't really ask for a better environment for your goalie and Raanta has been very reliable since joining Carolina in 2021.
He's only rostered in 57% of leagues and will make a really good filler in your rotation.
Jonas Johansson, Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-4, .907 SV%, 3.17 GAA)
Still, he has lost two of his last three starts and has allowed at least four goals in four straight games. His numbers would look a lot worse if it were not for the two shutouts he had in October, one of which was a gimmie against the Sharks.
He's rostered in 79% of leagues and will remain in charge for about another month until Andrei Vasilevskiy comes back. You can expect the Lightning to continue to win games but it's very uncomfortable sacrificing other categories for wins.
Joseph Woll, Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-0, .913 SV%, 2.79 GAA)
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Joseph Woll looked great to start the season but has hit a rough patch. Following three straight wins, he has dropped three of his last four while allowing at least four goals in each.
He still plays for the Leafs who are an absolute powerhouse of a team, but his recent numbers are concerning. Toronto also has the 7th worst penalty kill in the league which isn't doing him any favors.
He's rostered in 73% of leagues and despite his recent struggles, I think it's better to buy low if he's available. I don't think he's a necessity by any means, but having a decent goalie from a good team on your bench doesn't hurt.
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