NHL All-Star - Lesson 01 - Starting Goalie Approach

It is the worst feeling in the world when you are select a great goalie for your lineups, only to find out he is actually not starting. NHL teams often give goalies a night off here-and-there for rest purposes. It is important to stay on top of these announcements, as rostering a goalie who isn’t playing will lead to an unsuccessful fantasy night. Here are a few ways to stay on top of your goalie selections.

The Warm-Ups

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers

This often depends on the day, but the time around warm-ups is the most nerve wracking time for DFS hockey players. Information is flying around various sources like a swarm of killer bees waiting to strike. Monday-Friday is a little easier on the stomach, as nearly every goalie is confirmed within a half hour of game time.

Having a back-up plan can be crucial when creating your lineups. Every so often you get the dreaded injury during warm-ups. Missing this information can crush your fantasy lineups for a given night. This is where having a back-up plan comes into play.

When creating your lineups, make sure you have room to adjust for potential starting goalie changes leading up to contest start time. Having options available to switch in at the last minute will relieve a lot of stress during a stressful situation. Being prepared with alternate options will ensure you have a goalie that is starting that night’s games.

Where to Get Information

What if your ideal goalie actually does not start? You still are going to need a netminder that actually will play. Where do we wind up going for information on whether a goalie is going to start? Here are a few sites:

— Twitter (Beat Writers)

— NHL Goalie Starters

— Left Wing Lock

— Daily Faceoff

I cannot emphasize enough how important beat writers are. They normally have the information before anyone else, and they get their information from team sources. Staying up on their current information is extremely beneficial when finalizing your goalie selection.

Using your web browser to explore a bit prior to contest start time will make sure you’ve set yourself up with a goalie that is starting between the pipes. Goalie advice and confirmations are just a click away.

What Else Can You Do?

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers

Now, if all else does fail, every so often there is the old fashioned method of just asking around on social media. Most DFS experts will either know someone or has the information that can help you track down who is starting. Yes, every so often, there are the dreaded pre-game injuries and unavoidable circumstances. However, 99% of the time, if you are persistent enough the information is out there. DFS experts can be a valuable source of information

If there is time, and your Plan A and Plan B have been exhausted, maybe that expert has a Plan C or D you may have not thought of.  If you have Twitter, then just use the regular search bar to type in the goalies name. This can be a quick and easy way to find starting goalie information.

Barring the unforeseen, there is no excuse to not have a goalie on your team that will provide you fantasy points (unless they get shelled). All it takes is a little digging and preparation.