Vasilevskiy set aside 29 of 30 shots in Thursday's 3-1 home win over the Red Wings. Vasilevskiy is now 7-0-0 in his career against Detroit. The only damage against the Russian backstop came from a Luke Glendening tip-in off a rebound in close. While that greasy goal foiled Vasi's shutout bid, he still picked up his third win in four games to remind fantasy owners why he deserved to be one of the first goalies drafted ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Vasilevskiy will get the home start against the Red Wings on Thursday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Vasilevskiy was given the night off against the Hurricanes on Tuesday, so he should be well rested for his clash with Detroit. In his three appearances this season, the Russian is 2-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA and .950 save percentage. While it's certainly early, if the netminder can maintain this level of dominance throughout the year, he could be walking away with the Vezina Trophy.
Vasilevskiy made 30 saves in Saturday's 8-2 win over the Blue Jackets. He's already sporting a 1.64 GAA and .951 save percentage, picking up right where he left off last season. Vasilevskiy, who's allowed only five goals in three games this season, is an absolute beast.
Vasilevskiy will start in goal Saturday, as he prepares for a marquee home matchup against Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Vasilevskiy finished third in the 2018 Vezina Trophy voting whereas Bobrovsky had the eighth-most votes, but Bob had taken home the hardware in the prior year. This will be the third start of the season for Vasi, who has an immaculate 1.46 GAA and .957 percentage in the infancy of the 2018-19 campaign.
Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 26 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Canucks on Thursday. The Canucks scored their first goal off a lucky deflection and the second came off a turnover in the defensive zone, so it wasn't all on Vasilevskiy as the Lightning disappointed for the second straight game. He was at least perfect on the penalty kill, stopping all nine shots he faced and blanking the Canucks on four power-play opportunities. The last two goals came when the net was empty. Despite the setback, Vasilevskiy is a top-five goaltender in fantasy and the Lightning will play their next three games at home.
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