The eighth week of the 2023-24 NHL season is beginning and there are good goalie options to add. Whether you need options for your fantasy hockey team this week or a longer term, we’ll cover the best netminders to add. When looking for goalie streams in fantasy hockey, it’s best to look at back-to-backs and if there are injuries to starters. That’s what we have for you here today. This is a look at the three best options in net to stream in Week 8 of the fantasy hockey season.
Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Goalie Streams
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Buffalo Sabres
If you haven’t already added Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and he’s still on the waiver wire, add him immediately. It seems as though he is getting the majority of the starts this season due to his play and the play of the other two goalies on the Sabres. Devon Levi was the goalie that was drafted in most leagues, but Luukkonen has the better numbers across the board this season. He’s at a .914 save percentage (SV%) and has five wins in eight starts. Levi on the other hand has just three wins and a .876 SV%.
Luukkonen will start at least two of the four Sabres’ games this week. One or both of his starts could even be against the easier opponents. Buffalo plays the New York Rangers first, but Levi will likely get that start. After that it’s the St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, and Nashville Predators. If Luukkonen starts two of those, he’s going to get a fairly good matchup. He’s a longer option than just for this week at this point.
Alex Lyon, Detroit Red Wings
Alex Lyon has been starting games more often recently. He started his first three games of the season on Nov. 17, Nov. 22, and Nov. 26. He shut out the New Jersey Devils, which isn’t an easy thing to do, and looks like he’ll be starting at least every third game. He took the Florida Panthers on his back at the end of last season and is helping the Detroit Red Wings stay relevant and in the playoff hunt.
Lyon won’t start two games in a row, so he will avoid matching up against the Rangers. Instead, he’ll either get the start in the second game of a back-to-back against the Chicago Blackhawks, or the game against the Montreal Canadiens. Both are some of the easiest opponents a team can get this season, so Lyon should be good for a win at least.
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals
Charlie Lindgren has been very good this season and is a reason why the Washington Capitals are in the position they are. As the clear backup going into the season, he has changed the narrative. While Darcy Keumper has started nine games this season, Lindgren has now started six. Before losing to the desperate Edmonton Oilers, Lindgren had won four in a row, allowed just six goals, had a SV% of .955, and recorded a shutout. While Kuemper struggles, I can see Lindgren continuing to split starts.
If that’s the case, the Capitals play two tough opponents and two weak opponents this week. They start with the San Jose Sharks, then have a back-to-back against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, before finishing the week against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks and Ducks are the matchups you want for Lindgren, but Vegas hasn’t been great lately, so it might bode well for a Capitals team that is playing well.
Make sure to take advantage of these goalies for this week. The longer you wait, the more of a chance someone you may want is picked up before you get to them. There are early games that you will want to take advantage of as well. While a couple of these goaltenders should get at least one start this week, be sure to keep an eye on any other options throughout the week that may become solid options as well.