Fantasy HockeyJosh Kay

2013 NHL Fantasy Hockey, Five-Hole Friday: Goalie Talk and Rankings Update: Week 11

Howard is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a knee injury

The biggest goaltender news this past week was the injury to Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy HowardThe 29-year-old net-minder from Syracuse, New York, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. The first question that arises from this is: “Has Howard been hurt all along?” The former second-round pick is having an abysmal (for his standards) season with numbers paralleling his age-26 season. This year Howard has a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. In his age-26 season, Howard posted a 2.79 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage. His other three seasons as a full-time starter see the  – 6’0″ left-handed catching – goalie post an average of 2.14 goals-against and a save percentage of .923.

Whatever the case is, be it poor defense, a lingering injury that now finally is bad enough for him to have to sit out, or “Marc-Andre Fleury syndrome”, the Wings need to find an answer in goal while he’s out.

Enter Jonas GustavssonThe 29-year-old Swede continues to post big numbers despite there being no track record for this level of success. He moves up our rankings thanks to the injury to Howard.

Another injury occurred this past week with Corey Crawford getting injured as well. The Chicago net-minder has struggled mightily on the season (just a .907 save percentage). The ailment for Crawford was deemed a “lower-body” injury. He is expected to miss three weeks. Antti Raanta (2.12 GAA, .926 save percentage) will start in his stead. He also finds his way up our rankings this week.

1: (1) Tuukka Rask 16: (15) Jonathan Bernier
2: (2) Carey Price 17: (17) Cory Schneider
3: (3) Antti Niemi 18: (16) Braden Holtby
4: (6) Josh Harding 19: (19) Martin Brodeur
5: (4) Marc-Andre Fleury 20: (21) James Reimer
6: (5) Henrik Lundqvist 21: (23) Robin Lehner
7: (7) Ben Bishop 22: (24) Jonas Gustavsson
8: (9) Jaroslav Halak 23: (28) Antti Raanta
9: (11) Roberto Luongo 24: (27) Pekka Rinne *inj
10: (12) Kari Lehtonen 25: (26) Jonathan Quick *inj
11: (14) Steve Mason 26: (10) Corey Crawford *inj
12: (22) Jonas Hiller 27: (20) Jimmy Howard *inj
13: (13) Semyon Varlamov 28: (NR) Ondrej Pavelec
14: (8) Ben Scrivens 29: (29) Justin Peters
15: (NR) Martin Jones 30: (NR) Philipp Grubauer

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