ach Jon Cooper that he views both Vasilev
Weve had an extremely small window into the mind of NHL coaches who are currently operating with some form of goaltender timeshare. But its enough to at least highlight the early returns for teams that dont have an established No. 1 starter.We can attempt to parse coach suggestions through quotes to the media, but actual starts are really the only way to truly know what a coach is thinking with his goaltenders. Outside of back-to-back starts or injuries, there is no real reason for a team to have started two different goaltenders at this point of the campaign unless there is some kind of timeshare in the crease.With that in mind, lets check out the teams in that situation, and try to address each goaltenders value going forward:Winnipeg Jets: First and foremost, kudos to the Jets for having the courage to demote Ondrej Pavelec. It couldnt have been an easy decision, but it opens the door for the team to move forward into the Connor Hellebuyck era. But moving forward into the Hellebuyck era doesnt mean we are there yet. Michael Hutchinson could still steal away enough starts this season to be useful to fantasy owners, especially if Hellebuyck has more outings like he did against the Carolina Hurricanes in the season opener. Three of the four goals allowed by Hellebuyck were arguably preventable, while that could be said of only two of the four Wild goals against Hutchinson (and Hutchinson almost impossibly saved another one of them with his paddle). It will be interesting to see if the two netminders continue to alternate starts this week, as we suspect they might. At this point, Hellebuyck is the only one to own, as Hutchinson has the higher mountain to climb to be a regular starter.Dallas Stars: Its strange that we still hope for one goaltender to emerge for the Stars, but its hard not to want it to happen when they are a team destined for 50 wins. Unfortunately, the early indications are that those wins will be split 25-25, just as they were last season between Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Niemi was given the season opener and had a fantastic game, stopping 33 shots -- including 16 in the first period -- en route to a 4-2 win. Coach Lindy Ruff turned to Niemi again Saturday, and got the opposite result, with five goals allowed on 20 shots before he pulled him for Lehtonen. Two things need to happen for this to be a fantasy-friendly crease: The Stars have to show a better overall save percentage through team defense, and one goalie has to earn more than 60 percent of the starts. With neither of those criteria satisfied, neither goaltender is particularly attractive, even for your bench.Tampa Bay Lightning: As we said already, there is no reason for a team to have started two different goaltenders already, save for injuries or back-to-back contests. The Lightning have had neither, yet turned to Andrei Vasilevskiy in the second game of the season. This is a pretty clear signal from coach Jon Cooper that he views both Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop in similar light. That is not good news for Bishop owners. With Bishop already rested and going into three non-back-to-back games this week, it will be disconcerting for Bishop owners to see Vasilevskiy between the pipes Wednesday. It wont be full panic mode yet, but if the two goalies continue to split starts 50-50, its going to really hurt Bishops elite status. On the other hand, this would be huge for Vasilevskiy, who is still available in 83 percent of ESPN leagues.Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers opened the campaign with Michal Neuvirth in net against the Los Angeles Kings, then turned to Steve Mason the next night in Arizona against the Coyotes. This is an exception to our back-to-back games rule, as the games were on consecutive nights, but it was interesting to note that Neuvirth drew the season-opening start against what was -- on paper -- the m


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