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November 14, 2017, 6:00 am

What to do with Carey Price and updated fantasy hockey rankings

Will Carey Price find his elite form again, or is it clip to give up on the Habs' goalie? Find out wpresent he and 249 of the other top options in phantasy hockey wind up in our latest rest-of-time period ranks.

What to do with Carey Price and updated fantasy hockey rankings
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At this clip ago year, Carey Price had faced 258 shots at even property complete the course of study of 10 games, block 251 of them for a .973 prevention percent. All was asymptomatic in the onshore of the Montreal Canadiens.

As of Monday, Price has faced 253 shots at even property complete the course of study of 11 games this time period. The difference, as we all know, is that he's lone out of use 222 of them for a prevention percent of .877.

What the euphemism is active on with this agreement first-round phantasy goaltender?

In precise akin example sizes from ago time period to this time period, Price lone allowed 7 goals in 2016 but has allowed 31 so far this time period. Rostering him so far this time period is even worsened than if you had merely aforesaid "pass" on your first-round choice in drafts.

In the meanclip, Charlie Lindgren, a 23-year-old with 3 former games of NHL experience, has stepped in for the ago 4 games as Price hit the injured modesty with a non-specific lower-body injury. Lindgren has proceeded to halt 114 of 117 pucks down his way at even property and boasts an completeall prevention percent of .964. More significantly for the Habs and their fans, he's managed 3 wins in those 4 games -- equivalent to Price in his 11 starts.

Yes, what we rich person present is a clean violent storm to commerce for Price.

As phantasy players, we rich person to rely on what we know. So what do we know about Carey Price? Even including this time period's horrible statistics, he still has the best prevention percent in the NHL complete the ago 4 regular time periods combined (minimum 50 starts); he had that much of a head start. Even though he missed the majority of the 2015-16 time period with injury, he's still in the top 10 for wins during the ago 4 time periods; he's just been that good. Really, combining the ago 4 time periods, lone Braden Holtby and Devan Dubnyk can hold a candle to Price's numbers when you combine the big-3 phantasy categories: wins, prevention percent and goals-against average.

While a decline in goaltender statistics is expected as players age into their 30s, it is precise rarely precipitous. The wheels don't usually just fall off. Now 30 years old, we can comfortably know that Price's best years are behind him. Tpresent rich person lone been five time periods in NHL history with a goaltender older than 30 to manage a .930 prevention percent complete 50 or more games (Dominik Hasek 3 clips and Tim Thomas twice). But this decline for Price is way too much, way too fast, to be anything but a hiccup or injury related. Both of those factors should be taken off the table by his injured modesty stint.

Fantasy players should rich person some faith in Price's talent and invest. Lindgren is not active to cause a goaltending contrcompletesy when Price returns from his injury.

First off, Lindgren's statistics are unsustainable. His .974 even-property prevention percent is active to get destroyed if he continues to start games. Not to mention, Lindgren has a .947 prevention percent on the penalty kill, which is way above wpresent it should be (.870 to .890 is usually the range for most goalies). With some regression coming in both those numbers, he would be exposed sooner than later.

If anything, Lindgren has given us more reason to invest in Price. If the Canadiens can play asymptomatic enough in front of this 23-year-old rookie to allow him solid goaltending statistics, then surely they can do it in front of Price, too.

Price was moved to injured modesty complete the weekend, but not because he had a setback. The Habs moved him because Al Montoya also suffered an injury and they needed to bring up their 4th-string goaltender to back up Lindgren. Price was skating in full equipment ago week (though not practicing with teammates) and could return to the ice sooner rather than later.

Now is the clip to strike against the phantasy player in your league with Price on his roster. Price is injured and has horrific stats, while Lindgren hype is at a fever pitch.

Players on the move

Kyle Palmieri, RW, New Jersey Devils (up 7 spots to No. 118)

Back in action following a six-game layoff due to a lower-body injury, Palmieri resumed his role on the top line with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier for the ago 3 contests. He collected his 4th goal of the time period (eighth point in 10 total games) and fired 11 shots on goal. Palmieri is rostered in lone 69.2 percent of ESPN leagues, which is far too low for a top-line winger with a propensity to take lots of shots on goal. Even with the missed clip, Palmieri is on pace for his typical 30-goal time period.

Sami Vatanen, D, Anaheim Ducks (up 14 spots to No. 197)

Back in action now for 7 games, Vatanen's ice clip has edged up to wpresent it should be during the ago few contests (22-minutes-per-game range). More important, he kept his role on the first power-play unit despite the solid showing from Brandon Montour during Vatanen's early-time period absence. But hold the phone: Montour and Vatanen are actually quarterbacking the power play together. On the top unit with Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg (until Ryan Getzlaf's face is healed), the duo on defense make a nice combination. Montour's gift for offense fits asymptomatic with Vatanen's penchant for puck distribution. Both players could work together for phantasy value this time period, especially once Getzlaf returns to the Ducks' power play. Vatanen is rostered in lone 15.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Torey Krug, D, Boston Bruins (up 27 spots to No. 116)

It looks like the threat posed by Charlie McAvoy and a slow start by Krug are things of the ago. After a spell wpresent he didn't take precise many shots on goal and wasn't getting involved in the offense as much, Krug is back to his dynamic self again during the ago 7 games. In that stretch, he's managed nine of his 11 points this time period, while firing 21 of his 29 shots on goal this time period. His ice clip has also started cresting ago 22 minutes and touching 27 minutes during that stretch. While McAvoy is still getting significant minutes, it's clear he needs a Krug-less roster to make an offensive impact.

Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks (down 4 spots to No. 36)

Even allowing six goals on Sunday to the New Jersey Devils, Crawford still has some regression to his ratios headed his way. His .921 prevention percent on the penalty kill won't hold water for much longer and could spell his slip from among the top-five phantasy goaltenders to closer to the top 10. His prevention percent on the penalty kill for the ago two time periods combined sits at .869, which is more in line with wpresent it's expected to be complete a larger example size.

Quick hits

Samuel Girard played more than 20 minutes in each of his first two games with the Colorado Avalanche during the Sweden series against the Ottawa Senators. If he's active to be getting that many minutes on the top pairing with Tyson Barrie, expect a phantasy impact. ... After rolling most of the time period with a stacked top line, the Dallas Stars rich person separated Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin of late. One beneficiary is Gemel Smith, who replaced Seguin on the de facto top line with Benn and Alexander Radulov. ... Jesse Puljujarvi is up from the AHL with the Edmonton Oilers. He played his first two games on the second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. Tpresent is potential present , but the Connor McDavid line needs to be a much bigger threat than it is right now to open things up for the secondary scoring. ... Mitch Marner found himself with some top-six minutes in the ago two games due to Auston Matthews' current upper-body injury. And Marner took advantage of his chance to be on a scoring line by tucking in 4 points. Is he out of the doghouse for when Matthews returns? We'll rich person to see. His rostered percent has slipped to 85 percent, so be ready to pounce if he sticks on a scoring line when eprecise one is healthy again. ... Maybe Brent Burns just misses his usual defense partner? If that is a factor in Burns' slow start to the time period, look for improvement in the near future. Paul Martin is on the verge of a return. Burns played 79 percent of his even-property minutes on the ice with Martin ago time period.

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