Some food for thought after another week of fantasy hockey ...
That's the combined save percentage of three backup goalies last week who are forcing their way into a timeshare: Tristan Jarry, Pavel Francouz and Alexandar Georgiev. Jarry is the least surprising of the bunch because of his past experience and last season's success in the AHL (23 wins, .915 Sv%, 2.66 GAA), and Matt Murray has a tendency to go through some awful stretches that makes giving up Marc-Andre Fleury an even harder pill to swallow. Jarry has played six of the last eight games, five resulting in wins, so don't be surprised if Mike Sullivan keeps riding the hotter hand, but it certainly would be surprising if Jarry ended up taking the starting job entirely. Murray's still their guy — he did win them a Cup — but Pittsburgh has a history of backups taking over the starting job when you least expect it.
Georgiev is coming off a 38-save shutout against Vegas last night, and he's started in four of the last five games for the Rangers. If Jarry is starting only because Murray is struggling, Georgiev is starting because at some point the Rangers have to think about moving on from Henrik Lundqvist. Georgiev's results have been mixed, but it's been trending upward lately with two shutout wins. A battle between Georgiev and AHL Hartford starter Igor Shesterkin for the crease post-Lundqvist is already brewing, and it has the capacity to alter