Vasilevskiy currently leads the league in wins with 35 in 52 starts. Vasilevskiy has shown why most had him pegged as this year's No. 1 fantasy netminder heading into the season, having compiled a 35-14-3 record while posting a respectable 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage in 52 appearances. The 25-year-old Russian won't reach the personal high he set in 2017-18 with 44 wins in 65 appearances, but if the NHL resumes its season at some point, he'll have a good shot at eclipsing the 40-victory mark for the second time in his career this year.
Vasilevskiy turned aside 34 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. The 25-year-old goalie came up with plenty of big stops, and both shots that beat him came on Toronto power plays, but Frederik Andersen was just a little bit better in the other crease. Vasilevskiy has still won three of his last five starts, and on the season he sports a 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage.
Vasilevskiy is slated to tend the twine versus the Maple Leafs on the road Tuesday, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports. Vasilevskiy went 3-1-0 in his last four outings prior to getting the night off versus Detroit on Sunday. The 25-year-old needs just five more victories to get back over the 40-win mark for the second time in his career. The Russian should continue to carry the load for the Lightning heading into the final stretch of the season, though Curtis McElhinney could get a few extra looks to keep Vasilevskiy fresh for the postseason.
Vasilevskiy made 35 saves in a 5-3 win over Boston on Saturday. That's two wins in a row and three in his last four games. Vasilevskiy recently went through a slippery streak where too many goals snuck past him, but he's clearly back and focused. And games like Saturday against divisional rival Boston make a statement.
Vasilevskiy will start Saturday's game in Boston, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Vasilevskiy is 2-1-0 with five goals allowed in his last three starts, bouncing back from a three-game losing streak during which he surrendered 16 goals. Even with the recent turnaround, Vasilevskiy will be tough to trust against a Bruins team that sits atop the league standings with 98 points, nine clear of Vasilevskiy's Lightning in the Atlantic Division.
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