Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
Catching up from last week: Kieffer Bellows is no longer worth holding after going two games without scoring and being healthy scratched Saturday … Igor Shesterkin has been named the Rangers' starter, but he can't start due to an ankle injury, which means Alexandar Georgiev is still the guy for now … Kyle Turris had two quiet games but exploded for three points Saturday and continues his turnaround … Tyler Seguin ended his 17-game goal drought and remains a bounce-back candidate in the second half.
That's MacKenzie Blackwood's save percentage since Jan. 1, which ranks seventh among goalies with at least 10 games played. A number like that usually isn't exciting, but it definitely is if you're the Devils. It's a big reason why their points percentage has improved from .436 in 2019 to .500 in 2020, and they haven't lost more than three games in a row since Dec. 13, after losing five consecutive and six consecutive earlier this season. They've been outclassed in nearly every game in February, but Blackwood's ridiculous .991 Sv% is saving them.
Their upcoming schedule is soft; they'll face the Sharks at home and in San Jose, and also visit L.A., Anaheim and Detroit. The Devils will be sellers, so the team is expected to get worse, not better, but it's a soft stretch in their schedule and upsets shouldn't be surprising. That makes Blackwood, who is rostered in just