This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
If you've got ESPN Insider, Ben Arledge published an intriguing (if grammatically flawed – sorry, can't help myself) article Wednesday about how rest impacts goalies, and it's worth keeping in mind for your DFS-oriented pursuits. Using stats from the last two seasons and this one so far, he offers some noteworthy stats and analysis. Here are three takeaways:
1. The Red Wings need both Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek – Howard's been awesome this year, but his success has come thanks in no small part to the fact that he's mostly enjoyed plenty of rest; when he's been asked to make consistent starts, he tends to tail off quickly. For his part, Mrazek has been inconsistent and undeserving of a No. 1 role, so this is a timeshare that truly benefits both netminders right now.
2. The Stars could use a real starting goalie. Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have both struggled, but Niemi has been notably better – great, even – when he's enjoyed three or more days of rest between starts. Lehtonen, though, is just invariably bad. GM Jim Nill isn't placing the blame for all the goals his two Finnish netminders are allowing squarely on their shoulders, but you have to think that if the numbers don't improve, Dallas might make a bold move around the trade deadline.
3. Maybe don't use Jonathan Quick in his first game back off IR, whenever that might be. There's no doubt that Quick's a superstar, but his numbers when he