The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

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Jeremy Swayman, Bruins (4-0-0, .930 Sv%, 1.75 GAA in November)

It was very telling when the Bruins started Swayman in both back-to-back games, and their gamble paid off with two wins and a plus-6 goal differential. They have another back-to-back Nov. 20-21, and it certainly wouldn't be surprising if Bruce Cassidy went with Swayman both times again, assuming he has a good start against the Flyers.

This sends a strong message to Linus Ullmark (.857 Sv%, 4.64 GAA in November), who has struggled but also seems to have started against much stronger teams, including the Oilers, Leafs and Panthers twice, while Swayman has only had one really tough opponent in the Hurricanes. Ullmark is still rostered in more leagues than Swayman on Yahoo, though it should be the other way around even though the percentages likely will fluctuate all season.

Dustin Tokarski, Sabres (past 3 starts: 2-1-0, .928 Sv%, 2.68 GAA)

Their win against the Pens was impressive, though when the Pens started to really press in the third period, it was easy to remember why the Sabres have been so bad. Tokarski really kept them in the game, and the Sabres will always have a chance if their goaltending is good with their improved offense. Like Scott Wedgewood in Arizona, or any hot/good goalie on a bad team, pick your spots and dump them quickly because it's better to miss a few good starts that could be made up elsewhere rather than trying to recover

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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