Sergei Bobrovsky’s play has been very good as of late as he continues to fly under the fantasy radar.
Analysis: Bobrovsky has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last eight starts. Unfortunately he only has three wins in that eight game span. Regardless of Columbus’ inability to score, Bobrovsky has been extremely impressive. Over the last two weeks Bobrovsky is the 12th rated fantasy goaltender. What is even more surprising is that he is available in 70-80% of fantasy leagues.
Bobrovsky has only played in 14 of Columbus’ games this year but look for him to get increased playing time over the next few months. His save percentage and goals against average is significantly better than Steve Mason who has seen action in 11 games this year.
With injuries to Craig Anderson, Cam Ward(long term) and Martin Brodeur you have to consider Bobrovsky even if Columbus can’t score. You really don’t know what you are going to get from Anders Lindack or even Brian Elliott right now, so don’t count on those guys going forward although Tampa’s offense may keep Lindback relevant.
Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher seem to be doing everything in their power to let Tampa, Boston and Pittsburgh back into the race for the number one seed in the east with their poor play as of late.
Analysis: Brian Boucher has allowed nine goals over his last three games including a four goal meltdown against the eastern conference’s worst Ottawa Senators. Boucher has played like the perennial backup that he is, showing little flashes of brilliance followed by long stretches of pedestrian netminding. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t been much better either. Bobrovsky has allowed at least three goals in his last three games with just one win. Bobrovsky does have the potential to be a great goalie but both of these guys are being exposed right now playing on a Flyers team that just hasn’t been as tidy as they have earlier in the year. You should stick with Bobrovsky at least another week and see if he can’t rekindle some of that early season magic.
Projection: This isn ‘t a new situation for the Flyers having two goalies they aren’t in love with going into the playoffs but Bobrovsky is a different breed. He’s going to be special one day and has the ability to take over games unlike Boucher. If Bobrovsky can get the majority of the starts you can expect about nine wins with a 2.6 GAA the rest of the season, solid secondary fantasy goaltender numbers.