Andy McDonald, LW, C STL (22GP-8g-9a-17pts, with a +2 and 73 shots)
Last week we mentioned a couple of other Blues, Brad Boyes and Patrick Berglund, who have been benefiting lately from an added role due to some key injuries in the St. Louis lineup. Well, we easily could and should involve McDonald in that conversation. McDonald has arguably been the Blues’ best player over the past two weeks and has quietly racked up 12 points (6g-6a) over his last 9 games.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI (9GP 5-4-1, with a 2.07 GAA and .925 SV%)
It’s a slow week for skaters on the waiver wire, but there’s a solid group of goalies making some noise headlined by Crawford in Chicago. Much like Antti Niemi last year, Crawford has come in and outperformed the veteran he was expected to back-up, in this case Marty Turco. Crawford is giving the ‘Hawks no choice but to stick with him as he’s currently won four in a row, giving up just five goals over that stretch. Turco has just one win over his last five starts, giving up 16 tallies over that span.
Semyon Varlamov, G, WAS (4GP 2-1-0, with a 1.88 GAA and .928 SV%)
Varlomov has become a bit of a forgotten man in Washington. Some nagging injuries and the emergence of rookie Michael Neuvirth have led to Varlamov being dropped in a lot of your more shallow leagues, but it appears he’s healthy again and the Capitals will probably look to work some sort of tandem with their two young, touted backstops. Varlamov has currently started two in a row with Neuvirth nursing a minor injury and won both, including a shutout against Tampa in his last start. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in net for the Caps; mass amounts of wins are sure to follow.
Ondrej Pavelec, G, ATL (13GP 5-4-2, with a 1.68 GAA and .948 SV%)
The riskiest of our three highlighted goalies this week is also the hottest. While we all know how tough it is to get behind an Atlanta goalie, it is getting tough to ignore the stellar play of Pavelec over the past few weeks, especially considering the teams he’s been up against. In his last five starts versus Montreal, Detroit, the Islanders, Washington, and Boston, Pavelec has five wins while letting in just three goals! In fact Pavelec has let in just six goals over his last seven appearances while facing 207 shots in that span. That’s a .971 SV% if you’re counting.
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