NHL Rookie - Lesson 01 - Stats to Start - Goaltenders

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Scoring

  • Win = +3 PTS
  • Save = +0.2 PTS
  • Goal Against = -1 PTS
  • Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
  • Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
  • The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.


Selection

Goalie is arguably the most important position because it is routinely the highest scoring one on any given night. Goalie might also be the trickiest position to draft for because you not only have to factor the goalie’s skill into the equation, you have to consider the matchup and the defense that they have in front of them. There are very few “elite” goalies on a nightly basis to choose from, and there is a typically a range of options from the high-end $8,000 range to lower priced value goalies.

A goalie gets points for every save that they make, so a goalie that makes 30 saves, gets a win and allows two goals will post an 8.0 FPT game. That’s a very good game for a goalie, and that doesn’t even factor in the opportunity for shutout bonus points. It should be apparent that goalies have the potential to quickly secure bunches of fantasy points for your DraftKings hockey lineup.

A high-level goalie is going to be priced in the top tier – $7,800 and above. There will be nights when there might only be a limited numbers of goalies that exceed that price, but just because a goalie is lesser than that price threshold does not mean they are not a high-quality option. Matchup analysis is key in identifying value goalies who are good selections.

Also make sure to pay attention to what goalie is starting. It is not uncommon for teams to rest their starting goaltender, so you want to make sure above all else that you have have selected the starter for that evening’s game. If a backup goalie is starting, it can be a major opportunity to find value. The majority of backup goalies, unless a team is utilizing a true time-share in which the goalies play almost an equal amount, will be a much lower cost. Those goalies can often be good targets if they play on a solid team and have a good enough matchup. Conversely, if a backup goalie is thrown into the fire against a high-powered offense, he may be someone to not only avoid, but to target, by selecting skaters from the opposite team.

 


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