Miller, Fleury: February's Fantasy Studs
(3/8/12) It may be a tale of two different teams for these two goalies, but when it comes to fantasy production Ryan Miller and Marc-Andre Fleury have been two of the hottest netminders over the past month and a half. Although the Sabres are battling for a playoff spot that they will likely not secure, Ryan Miller has been a stalwart between the pipes. Since January 24th, he's 12-3-3 with 3 shutouts over that span. Regardless of where the Sabres finish, he once again proves that the workhorse gets the work done for fantasy owners.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been equally impressive over the past two months, however playing for the Penguins means he is able to win some games simply by showing up. Fleury is 2nd in the NHL in wins with 35, but in comparison to Miller has only 3 shutouts over the whole year. Since January 13th, he is 16-2-1 and is currently riding a personal 6 game win streak.
A key component to hockey pool goalie strategy is drafting a Clydesdale and not giving up on him. On average, the top echelon of NHL goaltenders will get the job done over the course of the entire season, regardless of what their teams do in the standings. But remember this: if you happen to get one from the bottom rung of the top 10-15, be sure to use the cap space/draft position you preserved to secure an additional scorer. Ultimately there is a difference - albeit slight - between goalies such as Fleury and Miller because of the team they play for.
Here's some Miller and Fleury highlights just for the heck of it: