Vasilevskiy made 23 saves in a 3-2 OT win over Columbus on Thursday.
Three games, three wins and just five goals allowed. Vasilevskiy is money in the bank as the NHL's best goaltender, both on the ice and in the fantasy arena. And in a platoon-driven league, Vasi's heavy workload means he's a fantasy superpower in the blue paint.
Vasilevskiy will be in goal on the road against Columbus on Thursday.
Vasilevskiy seems to have picked up right where he left off after winning the Stanley Cup in September, as the netminder has registered a 1.50 GAA and .950 save percentage in two appearances, both wins over the Blackhawks. With Curtiz McElhinney (COVID-19 protocols) unavailable, the Lightning probably won't give Vasilevskiy a night off any time soon with the team's first back-to-back not until mid-February.
Vasilevskiy stopped 35 of 37 shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
While he faced only 23 shots in Wednesday's season opener, Vasilevskiy was much busier Friday. That didn't lead to any trouble, as the star goalie made it 2-for-2 in the win column to begin 2020-21. The Russian goalie will now enjoy nearly a week off -- due to postponements of two games against the Stars, Vasilevskiy and the Lightning won't play again until Thursday in Columbus.
Vasilevskiy is slated to start between the pipes in Friday's home clash with Chicago, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Vasilevskiy was sharp in the first game of Tampa Bay's back-to-back matches against the Blackhawks, turning aside 22 of 23 shots en route to his first victory of the season. The Hawks looked out of sorts offensively, and they struggled defensively, too, so Vasilevskiy will be in a prime position to start the 2020-21 campaign off with consecutive wins Friday.
Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Chicago.
This was a routine outing for Vasilevskiy, as the Lightning dominated play after raising their championship banner to begin the night. The Russian netminder seemed headed for a shutout before a puck pinballed in from behind the net and snuck its way underneath the unalert goalie's pad and over the goal line with 2:27 to go in the third period. Vasilevskiy has the skills to steal a win when the team in front of him has a rare off-night, but he'll also benefit from plenty of easy games like this one.
According to Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site, Vasilevskiy was the first netminder off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal at home in Wednesday's Opening Night clash with Chicago.
Vasilevskiy had another dominant season in 2019-20, compiling a 35-14-3 record while posting an admirable 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage. The 26-year-old backstop will look to secure his first victory of the 2020-21 campaign in a matchup with a depleted Blackhawks forward group that will be without Jonathan Toews (illness), Kirby Dach (wrist), Carl Soderberg (not injury related) and Alexander Nylander (knee).
Vasilevskiy registered 22 saves in Monday's 2-0 win over Dallas in Game 6.
Vasilevskiy entered the night with an .896 save percentage in the series and responded with his first shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He actually faced a rather light workload for much of Monday's game -- Dallas had just 10 shots on goal midway through the third period -- but answered the bell when the Stars finally pressed in the latter stages. Vasilevskiy went 18-7 in the postseason with a sparkling 1.90 GAA, .927 save percentage and three shutouts.
Vasilevskiy will draw the start for Game 6 against Dallas on Monday, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Vasilevskiy was solid in the Game 5 loss, stopping 30 of 33 shots, but he ultimately took the double-overtime loss. In the series, he's sporting a brutal .896 save percentage despite a respectable 2.52 GAA. The 26-year-old will look to close the series out Monday and avoid a Game 7 on Wednesday.
Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Vasilevskiy needed to protect a 2-1 lead for 16:22 in the third period, but Joe Pavelski tied the game with 6:45 left. Vasilevskiy was lightly tested in the first overtime, but he got beat on a rebound tucked home by Corey Perry in the second overtime. Through five games in the Stanley Cup Finals, Vasilevskiy has allowed 14 goals on 135 shots for an .896 save percentage. He'll get another chance to clinch the series as he's likely to start Monday's Game 6.
Vasilevskiy will start in Saturday's Game 5 against the Stars, Bruce LeVine of Dallas Stars Radio reports.
Vasilevskiy will be in the crease Saturday with an opportunity to clinch his first Stanley Cup win. The 26-year-old netminder hasn't been in tip-top shape this series with an .892 save percentage and 2.71 GAA, but he's battled hard to a 3-1 series lead and has a .926 overall save percentage this postseason.
Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 30 shots in a 5-4 overtime win over the Stars in Game 4.
Vasilevskiy wasn't at his best against a resurgent Stars team Friday, but Kevin Shattenkirk played the hero in overtime. The win puts Vasilevskiy and the Lightning ahead 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. He's allowed 11 goals on 102 shots over his last four games, an .892 save percentage that's well off his .926 mark for the entire postseason. The Russian netminder will likely start again in Saturday's Game 5 with a chance to hoist the Cup if he can secure one more win.
Vasilevskiy will patrol the blue paint in Game 4 against Dallas on Friday, Bruce LeVine of Dallas Stars Radio reports.
Vasilevskiy has been stellar over the last two games, allowing four goals on 53 shots while leading the Lightning to a 2-1 series lead over the Stars. For the entire postseason, he's sporting a tremendous 1.89 GAA and .928 save percentage. If he can push the Lightning to a 3-1 series lead, Vasilevskiy will be approaching Conn Smythe territory.
Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots Wednesday in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.
For the 13th time in 22 playoff starts, Vasilevskiy held his opponent to fewer than three goals. He gave up a Jason Dickinson short-handed tally in the first period and a Miro Heiskanen goal in the third with the game already in hand. Vasilevskiy, now 16-6 in the playoffs, boasts a 1.89 GAA and .928 save percentage while starting every game for the Lightning. He has yet to lose consecutive games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a daunting hurdle for Dallas if the Stars are to rally in the series.
Vasilevskiy will start Wednesday's Game 3 showdown against the Starts, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The 26-year-old will get the nod again in the series, as he's gone 1-1-0 along with a 2.56 GAA and just a .896 save percentage in the past two starts. Vasilevskiy has started every game for the Lightning in the bubble going a staggering 15-6-0 along with a 1.88 GAA and .929 save percentage. With the series nodded at one apiece, Wednesday posses a great opportunity for Vasilevskiy to strengthen his Conn Smythe chances.
Vasilevskiy turned aside 27 shots Monday in a 3-2 win over Dallas in Game 2.
Vasilevskiy was given a 3-0 first-period lead with which to work, and the 26-year-old helped the Lightning stave off a Dallas rally. The only goals he allowed were a Joe Pavelski power-play deflection and a Mattias Janmark back-door tap-in. Vasilevskiy has yet to lose back-to-back games in the playoffs and is a perfect 6-0 after a loss.
Vasilevskiy will draw the start for Monday's Game 2 against the Stars, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Vasilevskiy wasn't his usual self for Saturday's Game 1 tilt, allowing three goals on just 19 shots in the loss. Still, the Lightning will look to their workhorse to tie the series at 1-1 in Monday's contest.
Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 19 shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Stars in Game 1. The fourth goal was an empty-netter.
Vasilevskiy had produced a .933 save percentage over the previous 16 games, but the Stars were efficient with their chances Saturday. The Lightning kept the puck away from Vasilevskiy in the third period, but couldn't spare their goalie from taking his sixth loss in 20 postseason starts. Despite the defeat, Vasilevskiy is almost guaranteed to start every game for the Lightning when healthy, so there's a strong chance he'll occupy the crease in Monday's Game 2.
Vasilevskiy will protect the net in Saturday's Game 1 versus the Stars, Bruce LeVine of Dallas Stars Radio reports.
Two red-hot goalies will be meeting to battle for the Stanley Cup. Vasilevskiy has been a tick better with a .933 save percentage over the past three rounds, while Anton Khudobin comes in at a .920 mark. Dallas has been bringing the heat, though, scoring 2.95 goals per game and converting on 27.3 percent of power-play opportunities.
Vasilevskiy stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders in Thursday's Game 6.
Vasilevskiy faced a similar workload to Tuesday's double-overtime loss, but he got a better result this time thanks to Anthony Cirelli's game-winning tally. During the Eastern Conference finals, Vasilevskiy allowed 11 goals in six contests, the last two of which combined for roughly 45 minutes of overtime play. Expect the Russian netminder to keep starting in goal when the Stanley Cup Final begins Saturday.
Vasilevskiy will start Thursday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The 26-year-old has started every game for the Lightning in the bubble, and he'll continue to patrol the crease barring an injury. In Tuesday's overtime loss, Vasilevskiy stopped just 22 of 24 shots in the losing effort. Vasilevskiy could continue to cement himself in the Conn Smythe discussion with a solid showing Thursday.
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