NHL Fantasy Mailbag: Finding some consistency between the pipes

As we approach the six-week mark of the NHL season, many fantasy owners are scrambling to find some consistency in between the pipes. Good luck!

With the exception of a few — weirdly including Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner — the early season has been littered with less-than-ideal goaltending. Sure, that’s part and parcel to the new equipment, but when does even that begin to be looked at as a mere excuse?

When selecting your goaltending for the Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool, be sure to keep the weekly schedule in mind. Additionally, you may want to look for favourable matchups, ones that’ll help you tally some points.

Now to your questions:

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Colby Armstrong (@armdog): What’s the most important aspect of fantasy hockey? What’s some advice you’d give to a new fantasy player?

Hey, it’s former NHLer, Sportsnet’s own and new fantasy hockey competitor Colby Armstrong chiming in with a question. Colby was a great example of a nightly stream option when he was up with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh or Ilya Kovalchuk in Atlanta. VALUE!

Patience is a virtue. In the fantasy world, owners have the tendency to overreact and make emotional decisions. As was probably pivotal in your playing days too, it’s important to not get too high or too low.

I’ve seen Colby’s roster. Believe in your draft. Sometimes your best move is the one you don’t make.

Eddie Maloney (@frick187): What should I do with Mike Smith?

Well, similar to last year at this time, it’s been a league wide struggle in goal. The Flames are currently tied for 20th in the NHL in goals-against. Don’t forget that they surrendered a nine-spot back on Oct. 25 against Pittsburgh.

Perhaps that night was a turning point for Calgary. Since then, they’re 4-1-1 while allowing 13 goals, an average of 2.16 goals per game.

Also, David Rittich pushing the veteran Mike Smith can only be looked at as a positive. I’d hold onto Smith right now.

Zack Travis (@zacharymtravis): Should I still hold onto Juuse Saros? (Currently own Frederik Andersen, Antti Raanta and Jack Campbell)

Due to Antti Raanta landing on IR, you won’t make have to make a decision yet. Assuming Raanta returns quickly to full health, this is an easy decision for me.

Firstly, Jonathan Quick is a competitor and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him return quicker than the timeline provided for his torn meniscus. As I’ve lamented before, I have zero faith in Jack Campbell. In general, I just don’t think the Kings are a good team either.

Conversely, the Predators are phenomenal. Pekka Rinne is their No. 1 guy but he’s also 35. Given his struggles in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, I’m sure Nashville would love to lessen his workload in the …read more

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