This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
There has been tremendous volatility in the goalie position this season, and while that's usually the case, it seems to be heightened through the first half of this year.
Breakout candidates Scott Darling, Antti Raanta and Robin Lehner have all been busts. Additionally, there have also been a number of reliable options who've seen their stock plummet considerably. We're looking at you, Carey Price, Cam Talbot and Craig Anderson.
Now, Corey Crawford (illness) is projected to be out long term with vertigo-like symptoms, and Matt Murray isn't with the Penguins following the passing of his father. Roberto Luongo and Semyon Varlamov are also both currently on injured reserve.
It's been a rough go in the crease, and how owners approach the position in the second half of the season is important. Because high-end options have become so scarce, plucking one away in a trade will be difficult, but it's not something to rule out.
The best course of action is likely to stream netminders in favorable matchups, target top backups from the waiver wire and pay attention to back-to-back sets and busy team schedules. Looking ahead a day or two is a good way to stay ahead of other desperate owners chasing goalie statistics.
Remember, the All-Star break begins Jan. 26, so it's another lightly scheduled week.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Jan. 22-28:
One game: Capitals
Three games: Sabres, Flames, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Devils, Senators,
Lightning, Maple Leafs
All other teams