Peter Budaj

#31 G / Tampa Bay Lightning / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 lb Age: 35 College: None

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  • Lightning's Peter Budaj: Collects second win
    By RotoWire Staff

    Budaj saved 28 of 30 shots during Thursday's 5-2 win over Colorado. This was just the fifth start of the season for Budaj, and it was also by far his best. He's sporting an underwhelming .881 save percentage and 3.40 GAA for the campaign, and with Andrei Vasilevskiy locked into a hefty workload and building a Vezina Trophy case, Budaj's opportunities project to remain few and far between. Still, he's a handcuff option in deep leagues with the potential to be a go-to fantasy asset if Vasilevskiy were to ever miss time.

  • Budaj will patrol the blue paint versus the Avalanche on Thursday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With how much of a workhorse Andrei Vasilevskiy has been (23 starts), Budaj has seen action in a mere four games this season. In those appearances, the veteran has been rather pedestrian, as he's logged a 1-2-1 record with a 3.75 GAA. Barring a significant injury to Vasilevskiy, it seems unlikely that Budaj will see more minutes the rest of the way.

  • Budaj made 29 saves in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins. He didn't play a bad game; he just didn't get much help from his teammates. Budaj was left to fend off two five-on-threes, but he allowed three goals in those situations and that was the difference. Budaj has made just four starts this season and he's allowed at least four goals in three of them. It's a pretty clear indication that he needs more ice time to be able to deliver the kind of performances he brought to the Kings last season. Unfortunately, Budaj just won't get that behind stud Andrej Vasilevskiy.

  • Budaj led his team out for pregame warmups Saturday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This indicates that he'll get the road start against the Penguins. This matchup will feature two backup goalies as Budaj reportedly will be countered by Tristan Jarry, who's only appeared in two games this season. Budaj's best start was his most recent one, stopping 22 of 24 shots for a Nov. 9 win over his former Kings squad. The Czech goalie is capable of slowing down high-caliber opponents, but his fantasy utility is minimal since he's stuck behind early Vezina Trophy favorite Andrei Vasilevskiy.

  • Budaj stopped 22 of 24 shots in Thursday's win over the Kings. It wasn't an overly busy night for Budaj, but he came up with the necessary saves to earn his first win of the season. Andrei Vasilevskiy doesn't get many nights off, but Budaj showed Tuesday he's capable of stepping in and delivering. The veteran owns a lackluster .873 save percentage in three appearances, but with the way Tampa Bay is playing right now, Budaj is probably a worthwhile streaming option whenever he does get that rare nod.

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