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Pickard allowed six goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss courtesy of New Jersey.
With Brian Elliott struggling, Pickard missed a golden opportunity Thursday to prove himself capable of handling starter duties. The 26-year-old netminder, in three starts, has posted an .833 save percentage, along with a goals-against-average of 4.73. Despite the bad numbers, this was Pickard's first loss of the 2018-19 season but one should still expect Elliot to be back between the pipes Saturday when the Devils come to town.
Kinkaid allowed four goals on 33 shots in a 5-3 loss to Colorado on Thursday.
It was Kinkaid's first loss of the season after reeling off four straight wins to begin the year. In five starts, the 29-year old holds a .941 save percentage to go along with a 1.61 goals-against-average, both terrific numbers. He will continue to serve as the team's starting goaltender until Cory Schneider (hip) returns from injury.
Grubauer made 27 saves Thursday and prevailed over the Devils 5-3.
It was only Grubauer's second start of the season and he was able to pick up his first win. Both of the 26-year-old netminder's starts have come away from home which is typical of a backup's workload. Grubauer could see his first home start as early as next Friday when the Senators pay Colorado a visit on the first half of a back-to-back.
Halak turned aside 19 of 22 shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Halak kept out both of Connor McDavid's shots in this one, though the world's best player got the last laugh with two assists, including one on Leon Draisaitl's overtime winner. Boston's backup is 2-0-1 on the young season and remains a strong streaming option whenever he gets the nod.
Talbot made 27 stops to top the Bruins by a 3-2 score in overtime Thursday.
Alarm bells were going off after Talbot dropped his first two starts of the season, but he's bounced back with three consecutive wins, thanks in most part to the offensive exploits of team captain Connor McDavid. Talbot is yet to sit out a game on the young season, and he's expected to be a busy man after logging 140 of a possible 164 starts over the previous two campaigns.
Raanta made 33 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
Raanta benefited from an offensive explosion by Arizona's standards, as the team had scored just three goals total in its first five games. His wins ceiling is obviously capped by playing with what will almost certainly end up being the league's most inept offense, but Raanta's capable of a top-10 finish in rate stats. Last season, he ranked second in both GAA (2.24) and save percentage (.930).
Crawford gave up three goals on 30 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Coyotes.
He didn't get the result he wanted, but the most important thing is that Crawford looked healthy in his first game action since a concussion suffered on Dec. 23 of last year. This loss notwithstanding, Chicago's been scoring at a healthy clip this season, so Crawford has immediate fantasy appeal now that he's back. His workload is likely to be light compared to most starters, though, as the Blackhawks will almost certainly choose to ease Crawford back in.
Andersen allowed one goal on 37 shots in a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The final two goals came after Andersen had already been pulled for the extra attacker. However, the goal that beat Toronto's primary netminder was one he'd like to have back and it wound up being the difference-maker. Next up, the Maple Leafs host St. Louis on Saturday in a game Andersen figures to start.
Nilsson stopped 28 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Jets.
Nilsson kept his team in this one for a while, but Winnipeg pulled away with a trio of third-period tallies. Overall, two of the four goals against Nilsson came on the power play. This was Nilsson's fourth consecutive start as he's begun to pull away from Jacob Markstrom for Vancouver's goaltending job, and this slip-up in an extremely tough matchup is unlikely to reflect poorly on his playing time moving forward.
Hellebuyck made 26 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Canucks.
This game was tied 1-1 going into the third period, so Hellebuyck played more high-stress minutes than the final score would have you believe. The 25-year-old netminder has been up-and-down during a 3-2-1 start, but this effort could be the first step in rediscovering the form that helped him post a 44-11-9 record last season.