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Nilsson gave up five goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Avalanche.
It was the fourth consecutive appearance for Nilsson, who failed to build off a really strong victory against the Bruins. The 27-year-old was terrorized by the Avalanche power play and falls to 7-10-2 on the season with a .907 save percentage. He's shown flashes of brilliance, but the Canucks are out of the playoff picture and Nilsson hasn't shown enough on a consistent basis to be worth a fantasy play.
Varlamov stopped 24 of 28 shots in Tuesday's overtime win over the Canucks.
Varlamov didn't turn in a great performance, but it was enough to get the Avalanche their first win in three games. The Russian netminder advances to 15-12-2 on the season with a .912 save percentage. He's been fairly inconsistent of late, but backup Jonathan Bernier (head) is currently out, so the Avalanche will need their starting netminder to be at his best down the stretch.
Talbot stopped 42 of 45 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Talbot was excellent through two periods against the Eastern Conference powerhouse, but the Bruins scored three times in the third period en route to a 3-2 victory. With the loss, the 0-year-old falls to 20-23-2 on the season with a .903 save percentage. Talbot has been playing well of late, but the current state of the Oilers make him a tough fantasy play moving forward.
Luongo saved 30 of 31 shots during Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Toronto.
The veteran made a number of impressive saves, as Toronto registered 11 high-danger scoring chances and only scored on one. Additionally, after missing 27 games with a lower-body injury, Luongo looked spry and confident. It's worth noting that Florida hosts Washington, Pittsburgh and Toronto in its next three games, so it's not a great upcoming schedule.
Andersen made 40 saves during Tuesday's 1-0 win over Florida.
The standout showing gives Andersen 30 wins, a .923 save percentage, 2.66 GAA and five shutouts for the campaign. Those numbers position him among the top fantasy netminders in the league. Additionally, he hadn't been quite as sharp leading into Tuesday's game with three goals or more allowed in each of his past four outings, so it was encouraging to see him rebound.
Hellebuyck made 28 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Kings.
Hellebuyck had looked impenetrable at home with a 19-1-2 start to the season, but he's a pedestrian 3-3-0 in his last six appearances inside Bell MTS Place. This was the final leg of a 10-game homestand for his club, and Hellebuyck's 9-5-6 road record suggests more rocky times could be ahead.
Holtby allowed four goals on just 19 shots during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Not only was this a daunting matchup, it was also a tough schedule spot for the Capitals, as they played an afternoon game Monday against Buffalo. While Washington showed up to play and outshot the Bolts 37-19, Tampa Bay scored four goals from prime real estate. It's been a year-long problem, as the Caps have allowed the most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (13.02) in the league. It hasn't completely crippled Holtby's fantasy value, but it's a main reason for his significant statistical decline to a .909 save percentage and 2.95 GAA this year.
Kuemper made 30 saves Tuesday to beat the Jets, 4-3, in Winnipeg.
Kuemper kept his team in the game early, as the Jets came out of the first period with a measly 1-0 lead despite holding a 16-5 edge in shots. The backup has now allowed three goals in each of his last three appearances, which has made it difficult to gain ground on starter Jonathan Quick despite Kuemper's far superior season ratios (2.10 GAA and .932 save percentage).
Jones made 31 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blues.
Both of the goals against Jones came in the second period, but he also got three goals of support in that frame even though his team was outshot 12-6. While Jones' 2.53 GAA is still the worst of his career, he's gotten on a roll recently with a 4-1-0 record and no more than two goals allowed in any of his past five appearances.
Vasilevskiy saved 35 of 37 shots during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Washington.
While there have been a few peaks and valleys this season, and especially of late, it's hard to nitpick Vasilevskiy's year-long numbers. In fact, he's probably exceeded the breakout expectations with a 35-12-2 record, .928 save percentage, 2.33 GAA and seven shutouts. Additionally, with the Lightning already positioned among the league's best and potentially adding more pieces ahead of the trade deadline, it should continue to be a cushy fantasy setup for the 23-year-old Russian.