Among all the top-10 goaltenders drafted this fantasy hockey season, most of them are playing pretty well at the moment. One of these top-tier goaltenders that has somewhat struggled, though, has been Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Crawford has allowed a staggering 17 goals over his last five starts alone and the Stanley Cup winning goaltender was even pulled in last night’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche after allowing three goals in the first period. He has given up some pretty soft goals as of late and the All-Star goalie has even been benched in some fantasy formats.
Despite his inconsistent play, Crawford is still tied for the NHL led this season with 13 wins. He may let a couple goals get by him each game, evident by his 2.55 Goals Against Average, but the veteran knows how to do enough to get the win. In fantasy, wins is a huge roto-stat, and Crawford has certainly carried his weight in that category.
Chicago has some of the best goal scorers in hockey, as sharpshooters like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa all call Chi-town home. The amount of firepower in front of Crawford will always give him to get the win, even if the goaltender doesn’t have the best night, and that alone makes him a must-start every single night.
Fantasy owners shouldn’t give up on Crawford, because the goaltender will turn things around very soon.