Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Mar 27 – Apr 2

Welcome to the twenty-third edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling:

3 Games –  Buffalo, Edmonton, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

4 Games –  Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington

5 Games – Carolina, Nashville

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. A big example this week is Aaron Dell who should get two starts given San Jose plays two back-to-back sets (the Rangers also play two back-to-back sets). More on that later:

Monday/Tuesday: Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Nashville

Tuesday/Wednesday: Los Angeles, Washington

Wednesday/Thursday: None

Thursday/Friday: Columbus, New York Islanders, San Jose

Friday/Saturday: New Jersey

Saturday/Sunday: Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

Home Heavy Schedules – typically favorable compared to playing on the road

-Boston, Minnesota and Philadelphia play 3 of 4 on home ice

-Calgary and Tampa Bay play all 4 on home ice

-Carolina plays 4 of 5 on home ice

-Edmonton and Vancouver play all 3 on home ice

Road Warriors – typically brings a harder schedule

-Anaheim, Dallas, Florida and Washington play all four on the road

-Detroit, Los Angeles and San Jose play 3 of four on the road

-Ottawa plays all 3 on the road

“Easy” Opponents

  • Calgary starts off the week against Colorado and then LA, both non-playoff teams, before finishing up against San Jose and Anaheim. All four are at home and no games are back-to-back
  • Montreal only has three games this week but they are all against non-playoff teams (Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay)
  • The New York Islanders play two at home and two on the road – they start harder against Nashville before getting a bit easier against Philadelphia, New Jersey and Buffalo
  • St. Louis seems to have the easiest schedule of all this week: two against Arizona, one versus Colorado, and the final game on Sunday against Nashville
  • Washington plays all four on the road but two are against easy competition in Arizona and Colorado while Minnesota and Columbus should be tighter games

“Tough” Opponents

  • Colorado, already the worst team in the league, has a tough week ahead against four playoff opponents: Calgary, Washington, St. Louis, and Minnesota
  • Pittsburgh starts tough against Chicago and the Rangers before finishing against Carolina who can also pack a punch from time to time

Day of the Week Concentration – games by day of week; look for teams to play games on off-nights so that your roster isn’t full of players all playing on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, this week is pretty spread out despite the high number of overall games played. This should give you more flexibility to toy with your roster for the week ahead.

  • Monday – 6 games
  • Tuesday – 11 games
  • Wednesday – 4 games
  • Thursday – 9 games
  • Friday – 7 games
  • Saturday – 8 games
  • Sunday – 11 games

 

Hot And Available (Tinder for Fantasy Hockey)

 

Elias Lindholm (24% owned) 4G, 5A, +4, 4PIMs, 2PPPs, 2SHP, 19 SOG over last 8 games

Lindholm is on a very impressive ten game point streak. He has five games next week and would be a huge potential addition for those who have space in 76% of available leagues. He also now has 42 points on the year and should be remembered for next year as well when the Hurricanes will be looking to take another step forward in their progressive rebuild.

Andrej Sekera (18% owned) 1G, 7A, +4, 3PPPs, 9 SOG, 29 BLKs over last 8 games

Sekera has been very productive lately with an Oilers team that is fighting for first place in the Pacific division. It’s been many years since that’s been said. Although Edmonton only plays three games this week, Sekera could be a good spot start on the defensive end where he’s been picking up powerplay points on the 2nd unit with consistency.

Jonathan Marchessault (38% owned) 8G, +2, 6PIMs, 2GWGs, 24 SOG over last 7 games

Marchessault has been red hot with 5 goals in his past two games. He’s been a bright spot for the Panthers this year and he has been benefiting from seeing ice-time with Huberdeau and Barkov on the number one powerplay unit. Take a shot at adding him to your roster if you are in need of goal scoring – he has 28 on the year now.

Mattieu Perreault (29% owned) 4G, 6A, +1, 6PPP, 1GWG, 17 SOG over last 7 games (SUN update)

Perreault is once again going through a nice hot streak that has been rewarding fantasy hockey owners. His six game point streak (with four multi-point games) could carry through the week ahead. Additionally, his dual-eligibility at C and LW could be helpful for increased lineup flexibility.

Brayden Point (7% owned) 4G, 4A, -1, 2PPPs, 1GWG, 18 SOG over last 7 games

Point probably hasn’t made many of these lists so far this season but he has deserved the spot this week. In seven of his last eight games he has logged over 20 minutes of ice-time, giving him tons of potential each night to get on the board. Due to Namestnikov’s injury, Point slid onto the top line with Palat and Kucherov, two very deadly offensive threats. Although Namestnikov has returned from injury, Point’s place on the top line remains. This streak could therefore easily continue despite the fact that few leagues have noticed Point’s potential.

Ondrej Palat (33% owned) 1G, 7A, 6PIMs, 1PPP, 16 SOG over last 7 games

Why not double up on the Lightning and also grab Palat alongside Point. Your fortunes will be strongly tied to Tampa’s first line which has been on fire lately. Palat had a slow start to the year but he is now up to 42 points on the campaign and is riding a 4 game point streak.

 

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Mar 20 – 26

Welcome to the twenty-second edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling:

3 Games –  Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington

4 Games – Arizona, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. A big example this week is Aaron Dell who should get two starts given San Jose plays two back-to-back sets (the Rangers also play two back-to-back sets). More on that later:

Monday/Tuesday: Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, San Jose

Tuesday/Wednesday: New York Rangers

Wednesday/Thursday: Columbus, Edmonton, Toronto

Thursday/Friday: Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg

Friday/Saturday: New York Islanders, San Jose

Saturday/Sunday: Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Vancouver

 

Home Heavy Schedules – typically favorable compared to playing on the road

-Anaheim, Florida, Montreal, Nashville and Washington play all three games at home

-Detroit, Minnesota, New Jersey play three of four games at home

 

Road Warriors – typically brings a harder schedule

-Arizona, Philadelphia, San Jose and Vancouver plays all four games on the road

-Calgary, Carolina play all three games on the road

-New York Rangers play three of four games on the road

“Easy” Opponents

  • Chicago plays Vancouver, Dallas and Florida this week, three times outside of the playoff picture as of today. The Blackhawks also play the first two games on home ice. Reminder however that their games are on peak nights (Tues/Thurs/Sat)
  • Edmonton plays LA on Monday, Anaheim on Wednesday, and then Colorado on Thursday and Saturday. Make sure your Oilers are in your lineups for the two games against the Avalanche where point production can spike
  • St. Louis has one of the easier schedules for the remainder of the season. This week they play two easier matchups against Colorado and Vancouver before finishing the week against the red hot Flames on Saturday
  • Tampa Bay is fighting for their playoff lives but might have a good week to catch up to the Maple Leafs in the standings. They face Arizona, Boston and Detroit this week.

“Tough” Opponents

  • Calgary faces three tough opponents on the road: Washington, St. Louis and Nashville. The Flames are the hottest team in the league right now but this week will be a good test for the streaking team
  • The New York Islanders do not have an easy schedule this week, their playoff hopes could fade if they cannot generate points against the Rangers, Penguins and Bruins.
  • Ottawa has a similar schedule as the Islanders; they face Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal
  • Philadelphia has four road games this week against mostly tough opponents in Winnipeg, Minnesota, Columbus and Pittsburgh
  • Vancouver is also on the road all week against Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Winnipeg

 

Day of the Week Concentration – games by day of week; look for teams to play games on off-nights so that your roster isn’t full of players all playing on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

  • Monday – 5 games
  • Tuesday – 11 games
  • Wednesday – 3 games
  • Thursday – 12 games
  • Friday – 4 games
  • Saturday – 12 games
  • Sunday – 5 games

 

Peak Night Teams

  • Arizona, Boston, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington plays on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights

Offnight Teams

  • Edmonton and Toronto play on Monday and Wednesday (and Thursday, Saturday)
  • New York Islanders play on Wednesday and Friday
  • Anaheim plays Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, three offnights where rosters might otherwise be empty
  • Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg play on Friday and Sunday

Hot And Available (Tinder for Fantasy Hockey)

Tomas Tatar (24% owned) 5G, 4A, +1, 2PPPs, 2GWGs, 20 SOG over last 7 games

There aren’t many players hotter than Tatar over the last two weeks, and he is still 76% available across fantasy hockey leagues. Get a good head start to the week with Detroit’s Monday/Tuesday back-to-back set by adding Tatar to your roster. Note that it is worth checking your lineup on Tuesday to see if you have room for him at LW/RW, otherwise he might just get the spot start on a slow Monday.

Elias Lindholm (13% owned) 3G, 5A, +4, 4PIMs, 2PPPs, 1SHP, 18 SOG over last 7 games

Lindholm is on a seven game point streak, quite impressive for the young Hurricane. Props to fantasy owners who picked him up for 5 games last week where he registered 6 points. He also now has 39 points on the year despite a 6.8% shooting percentage. Despite how good he’s been lately, Carolina plays on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, the peak activity days where your lineup might already be full. Plan carefully – but if there’s an open spot, look no further than Lindholm.

Sean Couturier (4% owned) 1G, 7A, +8, 1 GWG, 17 SOG over last 7 games

Although there’s no powerplay prodcution here, Couturier has 3 multi-point games over this last stretch of two weeks and seven games played. Normally his offense isn’t in the spotlight (he now has 26 points this season) but he is capable of going on little scoring streaks. Similar caution for Couturier as Lindholm, Philly plays on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jake Guentzel (24% owned) 3G, 6A, +4, 20 SOG over last 7 games

I’ve pushed Sheary hard on this weekly article for awhile now, and his ownership is now around 60%. Guentzel has now been playing with Crosby and Sheary and the trio has magical chemistry. Guentzel picked up 3 primary assists on Crosby’s three hattrick goals on Sunday. I wouldn’t attribute Guentzel and Sheary’s success solely due to Crosby either… both youngsters are quick and talented and can generate their own scoring chances too. Pittsburgh plays Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. If Guentzel is still available late week, consider picking him up for Friday and Sunday where activity is quieter around the league so that you can get a step up on your opponent in the closing days of the matchup.

Rickard Rakell (45% owned) 4G, 2A, +2, 1PPP, 1GWG, 18 SOG over last 5 games

Rakell is on a five-game scoring streak and now has 31  goals this season in 61 games played. This is a very impressive rate of goals per game played – he’s a main offensive fixture on a very strong Anaheim team. Add him to your roster to generate a little more firepower. Anaheim plays on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this week.

To be continued

 

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Mar 13 – 19

Welcome to the twenty-first edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Playoffs in many leagues are starting this week given there are only four weeks remaining in the NHL season. This is the best format to ensure that fantasy hockey playoffs are wrapped up prior to the final week of the regular season where many star players take the last couple of games off in order to rest for the upcoming playoffs – if their team’s playoff spot is locked down.

Scheduling:

3 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Montreal, Nashville, New York Rangers, San Jose, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington

4 Games – Arizona, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg

5 Games – Carolina

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds.

Monday/Tuesday: Arizona, Carolina, Los Angeles, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg

Tuesday/Wednesday: None

Wednesday/Thursday: Boston, Detroit

Thursday/Friday: Buffalo, Dallas, Florida, New Jersey

Friday/Saturday: Anaheim, New York Rangers

Saturday/Sunday: Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Minnesota, Montreal, Ottawa

Home Heavy Schedules – typically favorable compared to playing on the road

  • Arizona, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia play 3 of 4 at home
  • Calgary plays all four of their games at home
  • Carolina plays 3 of 5 at home
  • Edmonton and San Jose play all 3 games on home ice

Road Warriors – typically brings a harder schedule

  • Boston, Buffalo and Dallas play all 3 on the road (and in the span of four days)
  • Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Minnesota and Winnipeg play 3 of 4 on the road
  • St. Louis plays all 4 on the road

“Easy” Opponents

  • Arizona plays Colorado, Los Angeles, Detroit, and St. Louis – only one of these teams is in a playoff spot and that’s a second wildcard spot (although LA is in 9th too). Vrbata is only 22% owned despite having 49 points on the season
  • Colorado plays Arizona, and Detroit twice before finishing their week off against Chicago – Colorado is in last place themselves however. Only Rantanen (5% owned) holds much upside for your roster
  • Detroit plays the worst two teams in the west, Arizona once and Colorado twice – consider picking up Nyquist (28% owned), Tatar (13% owned), or Mantha (15% owned) if you’re optimistic about Detroit’s 3 games in 4 nights against weak opponents (Wed, Thurs, Sat)
  • Los Angeles plays at home against St. Louis, Arizona and Buffalo on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday before heading to Calgary for a Sunday night matchup – consider those first three games favorable matchups

“Tough” Opponents

  • Buffalo’s three road games are against tough Pacific opponents: San Jose, LA, and Anaheim
  • Florida runs into one team struggling to hang on to a playoff spot (Toronto) and three Metropolitan powerhouses Columbus, the Rangers, and Pittsburgh (these three played on the road as well)
  • Montreal only plays three games, one against Chicago and two against division-rival Ottawa
  • Tampa Bay also has four tough games against Eastern Conference opponents: the Rangers, Ottawa, Toronto and Washington

Day of the Week Concentration – games by day of week; look for teams to play games on off-nights so that you’re roster isn’t full of players all playing on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

  • Monday – 8 games
  • Tuesday – 9 games
  • Wednesday – 8 games
  • Thursday  – 12 games
  • Friday – 4 games
  • Saturday – 10 games
  • Sunday – 7 games

-Calgary plays on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: pick up available players here and you won’t have missed games with players on the bench. Backlund is still available in 54% of leagues – he has 48 points, a +12 rating and 171 SOG this season with 15 powerplay points to boot (leads the team in this category despite playing on the second unit). Brodie (35% owned) is playing much better hockey although his five-game point streak ended on Saturday. Ferland (4% owned) is playing with Gaudreau and Monahan and has 4 goals in the past 6 games (6 goals in the last 9 and a +11 rating). Did I also mention that the Flames are on a 9-game winning streak, a record for the Calgary Flames? Oh and again, they play all four games on home ice this week.

-Pittsburgh plays their four games on the same days as Calgary. Conor Sheary (47% owned) has picked up where he left off after returning from injury – he is once against skating alongside Crosby and has 3 multi-point games in the last four outings. He has 41 points in 47 games played this season. Otherwise consider Kunitz (38% owned), Cole (31% owned) or Streit (30% owned).

-Anaheim also plays on Wednesday and Friday. Rakell has 28 goals in 57 games played but is only 37% owned. Eaves has four points in six games with the Ducks since the trade and is available in 72% of leagues.

-Minnesota and Ottawa play on Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sunday.. four of the busiest days of the week.

Hot And Available (Tinder for Fantasy Hockey)

Last 14 Days:

Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6% owned) 3G, 3A, +6, 2 PIMs, 1 SHP, 1 GWG, 20 SOG, 13 BLKs over last 8 games

He’s playing on the third line but has averaged 16 minutes in time on ice over the last two weeks and deserves recognition for the solid category coverage that he has achieved during this stretch. Pageau doesn’t get much powerplay time however – he’s a risky add but could also payoff due to his flashy potential and short-handed capabilities.

Sam Gagner (29% owned) 3G, 5A, 3PPPs, 21 SOG over last 8 games

Gagner has 7 of those points (at least one per game) over his last 5 games. He only gets around 14 minutes on ice per game but he has proven his depth value by registering 43 points on the season to date (including 18 on the powerplay, good for 5th on the team).

T.J. Brodie (35% owned) 2G, 4A, +9, 1PPP, 1 GWG, 12 SOG, 12 BLKs over last 6 games

Brodie has been playing much better lately as exemplified by his point-per-game production rate over the past two weeks combined with a very strong +9 plus-minus. He is still -17 on the year but that should continue to improve while the Flames keep rolling. I’ll reiterate their current 9-game win streak could be extended with their next 4 games played on home ice. Brodie has been playing 24 minutes per game recently and should benefit from his team’s rise in the power rankings in the week ahead.

Tyler Bozak (14% owned) 2G, 5A, +1, 3PPPs, 14 SOG over last 6 games

Bozak has had a very strong year – he has 46 points now with only a -1 rating. His 125 shots on goal are not enviable but he continues to be a viable option at center for a fantasy team in need.

Jaccob Slavin (5% owned) 5A, +5, 4 PIMs, 12 SOG, 13 BLKs over last 8 games

Slavin was recently featured on NHL.com’s article on an NHL all-underrated t eam alongside Backlund, Silfverberg, and others. He has been a bright spot for the organization with a +15 rating on the season. His 24 points aren’t amazing but if his current streak continues, his five games played next week could be valuable for your roster. Just make sure you have room to play him before making the acquisition.

Ondrej Palat (29% owned) 1G, 3A, +3, 4PIMs, 2PPPs, 1 GWG, 20 SOG, 8 BLKs over last 7 games

Palat is once again playing with Kucherov on the top line which always results in big scoring potential every night. Although Palat had a tough start to the year, he has been much better recently. If the Lightning make a big push in their fight for a playoff spot, Palat could be a big steal for fantasy managers around the league. After all, it was only two years ago that Palat registered 63 points in 75 games played – his abilities are known.

7 Days:

Conor Sheary (47% owned) 2G, 4A, +2, 6 PIMs, 1PPP, 1 GWG, 15 SOG over last 4 games

Sheary should be owned in 90%+ of leagues going into the week ahead. Pittsburgh plays 4 games on off-nights and Sheary has been a beast all season long. He has played alongside Crosby all season and has average 0.87 points per game. Since returning from injury, Sheary has three multi-point games in the last 4. He also has duel-eligibility at LW and RW. What more do you need?

Nick Bonino (5% owned) 4G, 1A, +2, 2PPPs, 13 SOG over last 4 games

Sticking to the Penguin theme, Bonino has been hot lately too. Although Pittsburgh plays Calgary on Monday to start the week (where the Flames have outscored opponents 8-0 combined in their last two games), the rest of the week’s schedule is strong. Plus, Elliot and the Flames can’t be perfect forever – Monday night’s game should be an exciting one.

Michael Frolik (18% owned) 2G, 3A, +2, 2PPPs, 9 SOG over last 3 games

Frolik is on a 4-game point streak and has now registered 41 points on the year. He is only 4 points off of matching his career high (back in his rookie 2008 season in Florida) and has 14 games to set a new career high. It’s all around been a great season for the Flames’ second line of Backlund, Frolik and Tkachuk. Let’s see if Calgary can pickup a few more big victories this week with four home games and no back-to-back sets.

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Mar 6 – 12

Welcome to the twentieth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling:

2 Games – Arizona, Calgary, Los Angeles

3 Games – Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

4 Games – Anaheim, Detroit, Minnesota, New York Rangers, Ottawa, San Jose, Washington

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds. However, there are only 9 back-to-back sets for teams this week, this is less than the number of back-to-back sets last Saturday/Sunday. Plans accordingly.

Monday/Tuesday: New York Rangers

Tuesday/Wednesday: Detroit

Wednesday/Thursday: Ottawa

Thursday/Friday: Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota

Friday/Saturday: Buffalo, Columbus, Florida, Pittsburgh, St. Louis

Saturday/Sunday: San Jose, Washington

 

 

Hot And Available (Tinder for Fantasy Hockey)

Radim Vrbata (28% owned) 4G, 4A, -1, 1PPP, 2GWGs, 18 SOGs over last 7 games

Vrbata remains on this list with a 6% increase in ownership over the last seven days. Much to the surprise of many, he remains in Arizona after the trade deadline and is an important piece of the Coyotes’ offense. His plus minus won’t be dependable but he continues to generate points and

Mikael Backlund (44% owned) 5G, 2A, +5, 1PPP, 1 GWG, 15SOG over last 7 games

Calgary only plays two games this week so you might not want to pick up Backlund yet if you badly need a win this week. However, if you’re preparing for the start of fantasy hockey playoffs for the following week, grab Backlund for his consistency and strong production that has been coming all season long. Backlund has 46 points on the year and is due for 50+ on the season, and maybe even 60 if he can generate a point-per game pace for the remaining 16 games.

Mathieu Perreault (13% owned) 2G, 6A, +4, 1PPP, 12 SOG over last 5 games

Perreault has been on a huge streak over the past two weeks. He’s playing with Scheifele and Laine which is a big boost to his fantasy value. He is also averaging over 17 minutes of ice-time during this five-game point streak. During the end of the season, it’s best to stick with players who are hot regardless of their previous performance – Perreault has only 28 points on the year.

Tanner Pearson (28% owned) 3G, 4A, +2, 1PPP, 20 SOG over last 8 games

Pearson and the Kings are slipping out of playoff contention, it will be a challenge for them to extend their season past 82 games. However, the team has historically been very strong in March and April year after year. Tying your fate to the Kings’ best scoring line (Carter, Toffoli and Pearson) could be your best decision this fantasy season. However, they only play two games next week (followed by 4, 3, 4).

TJ Brodie (30% owned) 2G, 3A, +5, 1PPP, 1GWG, 9 SOG, 9 BLKs over last 4 games

This might be Brodie’s first time on this list, but it’s definitely deserved. The Flames as a team are probably the hottest team over the last four weeks with a 12-2-1 record over their last 15 games, including their current 7 game winning streak. As the only defenseman on the number one powerplay unit, Brodie will continue to benefit from his team’s current dominance. Take note of the overall strong category coverage as well – we know Brodie has huge potential, he could easily finish the season with continued strong play (especially without Wideman as an anchor of a defense partner weighing him down).

Bo Horvat (21% owned) 2G, 3A, +2, 1PPP, 6 SOG, 6 BLKs over last 3 games

Horvat is definitely not new to this list – he now has 44 points on the year which includes several hot streaks. He has been playing around 20 minutes per game and is the centerpiece of the Canucks’ rebuild. Every keeper league should have Horvat owned. Otherwise, teams looking for a boost do not need to look any further.

Jaccob Slavin (4% owned) 4A, +4, 4PIMs, 1SHP, 7 SOG, 6 BLKs over last 4 games

Slavin is not known as an offensive contributor, therefore I’m noting this hot streak but strongly reminding any interested managers this. However, he now has 23 points on the season which is a respectable number. Also, Carolina has a busy schedule over the next few weeks and could therefore be enough to warrant a Slavin addition to your roster.

Mark Streit (24% owned) 1G, 2A, +3, 1PPP, 9 SOG, 5 BLKs over last 3 games

Streit’s value definitely increases as a Penguin compared to a Flyer. He is currently on the top powerplay unit with Schultz on the point which is another big boost. Keep an eye on this though, when Letang returns Streit will likely get less offensive opportunities.

Playoff Preparations

Carolina – as previously noted, Carolina has a very busy schedule for the remainder of the season thanks in part to a postponed game in Detroit that was rescheduled. Including this week, Carolina’s weekly games played are 3, 5, 3, 5, 4 to end the season. If you have your fantasy hockey playoffs during one of these 5-game weeks, any Hurricane player can add significant value based on the number of games they play rather than the punch they can deliver per game played. Pickup candidates with ownership between 6% and 28% include Aho, Rask, Staal, Lindholm and Hanifin. Rask for example was ice cold for a streak of about 15 games but now has 5 points in his last 6 (and 37 on the year). If he can get hot again you’ll see a huge advantage with him in your lineup – I for one kept him through his cold spell just because of his playoff schedule and the strong potential he has shown earlier in the season.

Slow Schedule – Montreal only plays 3 games in each of the next four weeks.Otherwise, all teams play at least four games once during this stretch. For the week of March 27th to April 2nd, New Jersey and Winnipeg play only two games. Otherwise all teams play at least three games per week in the final four weeks of the season (teams playing only two games this week, the fifth last week of the season, were listed above).

 

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Feb 20 – 26

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: More teams are getting their bye-week at this stage of the season, and therefore we have a handful of teams who have very low activity for the week ahead. This is actually the last week where any team plays less than 2 games.

1 Game – Detroit, Minnesota, San Jose, Vancouver, Winnipeg

2 Games – Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

3 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Toronto, Washington

4 Games – Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, New York Rangers

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds. However, there are only 9 back-to-back sets for teams this week, this is less than the number of back-to-back sets last Saturday/Sunday. Plans accordingly.

Monday/Tuesday: None

Tuesday/Wednesday: Edmonton

Wednesday/Thursday: Boston

Thursday/Friday: Arizona, Calgary

Friday/Saturday: Washington

Saturday/Sunday: Buffalo, Columbus, Nashville, New York Rangers

 

Hot And Available (Tinder for Fantasy Hockey)

Jason Pominville (23% owned) 2G, 8A, +4, 2PPP, 15 SOG in last 7 games played

Pominville continues to be red hot but his ownership is still below 25%. Over his last 8 games played, he has failed to register a point only once. Keep riding Jason if you own the right winger and seriously consider picking him up if you’re in need of some help.

Brandon Dubinsky (29% owned) 3G, 5A, +7, 14 SOG in last 7 games played

Dubinsky is traditionally a good bet for overall category coverage. Although he has no penalty minutes during this stretch, his offensive production has been quite impressive. He’s among the hottest players in the league right now and he is capable of continuing the streak.

Richard Panik (22% owned) 4G, 3A, +4, 6PIMs, 2PPPs, 16 SOG in last 5 games played

Panik is on fire again with 7 points over his last 5 games played. He is also seeing powerplay time (on the top unit) which is a bit surprising but a great sign for offensive sustainability. He’s also on the first line alongside Toews which is a big boost. And with 3 shots on goal per game, Panik could continue to stretch this streak. Finally, duel-eligibility at LW and RW is a big help for fantasy roster flexibility.

Johnny Boychuk (45% owned) 5A, +6, 18 SOG, 12 BLKs in last 7 games played

Boychuk isn’t as hot as he was to begin last season (where he lead all defensemen in points for a few weeks) but nonetheless he’s putting together good numbers across several categories lately. He’s a dependable option on the blueline and could be a valuable add for those in need of some help.

Bo Horvat (20% owned) 3G, 4A, +4, 2PPPs, 13 SOG in last 7 games played

Horvat is back on this list again which shouldn’t be a huge surprise given he now has 40 points on the season, an impressive total for the young Canuck. Vancouver isn’t a playoff calibre team but Horvat is shaping up to be the team’s next franchise player (he has an even +/- rating on the year too). He has talent at both ends of the ice and deserves a much higher ownership rate, especially in deep leagues and keeper formats.

Christian Dvorak (3% owned) 5G, 2A, +5, 4PIMs, 1PPP, 11 SOG in last 7 games played

I’d be remiss if I did not mention the young Coyote, Dvorak. His production probably isn’t sustainable yet (~1.5 shots per game and just shy of 45% shooting percentage) but this goal scoring streak is notable, especially for category leagues or goal-emphasized scoring leagues. He has been playing about 16 minutes of ice-time per game which is a good sign. Keep an eye on Dvorak and consider picking him up short term if you are in a deep league and are in need of an extra scoring touch.

Alexander Edler (5% owned) 2G, 4A, -1, 6PIM, 2PPPs, 14 SOG, 13 BLKs in last 8 games played

Edler is far removed from his glory fantasy hockey days, but he still has potential as Vancouver’s number one powerplay defenseman. He also logs around 24 minutes of ice time per game which helps him provide some category coverage. I’ll note that one of his goals during this stretch was scored from center ice into an occupied net – bit of luck here.

Tanner Pearson (16% owned) 4G, 3A, +1, 1PPP, 16 SOG in last 5 games played

Pearson too is on this list again. He is on a nice streak right now while playing 17 minutes a night and generating more than 3 shots on goal on average too. He now has 19 goals on the year and 33 points and could continue a productive stretch through the week ahead. LA plays Colorado on Tuesday, a great opportunity for a spot start for this under-owned King.

Oscar Klefbom (34% owned) 2G, 2A, +6, 1PPP, 6 SOG, 6 BLKs in last 4  games played

Klefbom is looking great recently, really shaping up to be the defenseman that the Oilers need to be a contender. With no injuries to stall his progress this year, Klefbom is starting to generate more offense lately while maintaining defensive responsibility. He’s up to 24 points on the year and a +6 rating. Recently he has also seen more and more ice-time, reaching almost 27 minutes in the game against Carolina on Feb 3rd and 25:30 twice since then. There’s potential for even more production going forward, make your move now before it’s too late.

 

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Weekly Dekes: Fantasy Hockey Feb 13 – 19

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of Weekly Dekes, your go-to location for information on the week ahead which includes team scheduling, injuries, hot streaks, and more. Take this information provided to make some roster moves, whether it’s a permanent replacement or a temporary rotisserie of your final roster spot. It’s kind of like economics. Draft day is macroeconomics where you look at the big picture and long term trends. Microeconomics is the day-to-day, focusing on back-to-back games, hot and cold streaks, short term injuries, and maximizing the number of fantasy games played for your roster.

With most fantasy leagues allowing 3 or 5 player adds each week, the last position on your roster can be changed multiple times during the week, allowing you to increase games played for your fantasy team while taking advantage of short term opportunities. This could be the difference in a tight matchup between a win and a loss.

Scheduling: More teams are getting their bye-week at this stage of the season, and therefore we have a handful of teams who have very low activity for the week ahead. Saturday and Sunday are both very busy days with 14 teams playing back-to-back games on both of those days. Here’s the breakdown:

1 Game – Boston, Montreal

2 Games – Carolina, Chicago, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Washington

3 Games – Anaheim, Calgary, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis

4 Games – Arizona, Buffalo, Colorado, Columbus, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Link to Excel doc containing scheduling information for the full season: https://4fandfurther.com/2016/09/15/nhl-fantasy-hockey-2016-2017-team-schedules-by-week-night-of-the-week-and-fantasy-playoffs

Back-to-Backs: this is where backup goalies could potentially be good spot starts, pay attention to who is scheduled to play in the crease. Take advantage of the scheduling to maximize your available player adds:

Monday/Tuesday: Arizona,

Tuesday/Wednesday: Toronto

Wednesday/Thursday: Philadelphia, St. Louis

Thursday/Friday: Colorado, Pittsburgh

Friday/Saturday: Florida

Saturday/Sunday: Buffalo, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

Arizona Monday/Tuesday

Start the week off with a spot start on the Coyotes to take advantage of their back-to-back games in Alberta against Calgary on Monday and Edmonton on Tuesday. The Flames are coming off of 5 days rest and could be rusty opponents for Arizona. Domi is only 49% owned despite his return to the lineup and scoring 3 points in his last 2 games while averaging over 19 minutes in ice-time per game. If you’re looking for a spot on defense, consider Goligoski who is 15% owned and has 4 points over his last 4 games. Finally, if you’re looking to ride a hot goal-scoring hand, try big center Martin Hanzal who scored twice in the Coyotes’ last game against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Strong Schedule

Colorado plays four games this week, all against Eastern conference teams on the outside of the playoff picture. Three of those games are the on the road, but nonetheless, the Aves have the potential to get a couple of rare wins this week. Pickard is available for goaltending starts while players like Iginla (16% owned), Rantanen (5% owned) and Soderberg (2% owned) have the offensive potential to get some points on the board, regardless of their disappointing seasons to date.

Likewise, Tampa Bay has a strong (but short) schedule this week. Their bye-week lasts all week until Saturday where they play Dallas followed by Colorado on Sunday. Both games are on the road but are against weak defensive opponents. I’m eyeing Palat and Killorn, both 27% owned and both very capable of big offensive performances. For category coverage take big Brian Boyle (2% owned) who wore some flashy red pants (according to Don Cherry) to Saturday’s game and came up with a goal that evening. Maybe he’ll put the red pants on again and score a few more next weekend.

Carolina too only plays two games this week on Friday and Sunday. They play both games at home against weak and modest opponents, Colorado and then Toronto. Aho (32% owned) has 5 goals in his last 5 games and is a good option for spot starting. Rask (18% owned) would have been considered a great option earlier in the season, but the Swede is ice cold lately. He has no points in his last 11 games, a -7 rating and 23 shots on goal. The cold streak will surely turn around at some point – he still has a respectable 32 points on the year (tied for 2nd on the team). Finally Lindholm (5% owned) is a strong playmaker as demonstrated by 9 assists over his last 8 games (but no goals).

Finally, the Flames are coming off of their bye week and are hopefully well rested in order to take advantage of three weaker opponents over the next 6 days: Arizona on Monday, Philly on Wednesday and Vancouver on Saturday. The first two games are also on home ice. Mikael Backlund, Calgary’s leading scorer at 38 points, is only 41% owned and would be a good pickup for the week ahead. If you’re looking for a higher ceiling, consider Bennett (11% owned) who has been cold lately but has been known to score in bunches (recall his 4 goal game against the Panthers in January 2016). Chad Johnson is tabbed to start on Monday night and could play every game this week if the team keeps winning with him in the blue paint.

Who’s Hot (and available): In keeping with the weekly theme, here are some hot players who are under 50% owned

Viktor Arvidsson – 5G, 2A, +2, 1PPP, 1SHP, 1GWG and 19 SOG over the last 4 games

I am at a loss for why Arvidsson is only 49% owned. He has 18 goals and 21 assists this year with a +16 rating and a very impressive 175 shots on goal (this is tied for 15th among all skaters). Other than his documented lack of powerplay time, Arvidsson is hands down the best and most valuable Predator this season but is only the 6th most owned. Everyone who is hanging onto James Neal should immediately drop him and grab Arvidsson if he’s available. He is a far superior option in almost every conceivable category.

Jason Pominville – 2G, 6A, +5, 1PPP and 8 SOG over the last 2 games

Pominville is one of the hottest players in the NHL right now. He has 9 points through his 5-game scoring streak and 18 points over his past 13 games. With 35 points on the year now, he is a valuable option on a strong Minnesota team. Surprising he is only 20% owned despite the absolute tear that just seems to keep going on like the Energizer bunny.

Patrik Berglund – 5G, +5, and 10 SOG over the last 3 games

I won’t fervently argue that Berglund has long term value like Arvidsson and Pominville do, but I would be remiss if I failed to mention his 3-game scoring streak with 5 total in that span (and 6 goals in his last 5 games). He has been seeing over 16 minutes of ice-time recently though so it’s possible that he stays hot for a little while longer, though the 50% shooting percentage cannot last forever. He’s 4% owned right now in Yahoo leagues.

Richard Panik – 3G, 2A, +4, 2PPPs and 8 SOG over the last 3 games

Panik is a streaky player as evidenced by the start of the season where he scored on almost every shot on goal for the first several games of the year. Fantasy owners went wild and grabbed Panik in leagues to the left, center and right. Ownership has fallen to 17% which may still be a bit too high in the long run – but while he’s hot, grab him and hope that the streak continues. Side note here that Chicago does not play until Saturday where they then play back-to-back nights.

Anders Lee – 7G, 9A, +2, 7PPPs and 45 SOG over the last 13 games

Lee keeps on rolling but his ownership hasn’t shot up too much (32% now). He is showing strong production and consistency, two valuable things for all fantasy managers. With the Islanders playing 4 games this week, it could be the perfect time to grab Lee.

Bo Horvat – 2G, 2A, +3, 1PPP and 6 SOG over the last 2 games

Horvat now has 38 points on the year and he has improved his plus-minus rating to -1 on the year. However, he’s still only 20% owned. Dynasty leagues should have a 100% ownership rate given he’s poised to be the Canucks’ number one guy after the Sedins fall out of the picture. He hurt himself on Sunday night blocking a shot but his injury status is still unknown. Keep an eye on him, Vancouver doesn’t play until Tuesday and they have 4 games on the week.

Nikita Zaitsev – 1G, 3A, 2PPPs, 6 SOG and 8 BLKs over the last 4 games

Another youngster on an exciting team, Zaitsev is having a good season but is only 16% owned. He doesn’t shoot the puck too often and thus only has 2 goals on the year, but he is now up to 23 assists and continues to profit from a strong, young and talented offensive core in front of him.

Calvin Pickard – 2W, 1 SO, 13 GA and 130 saves over the last 5 games

Although this doesn’t look that amazing compared to many other goalies, Pickard is only 12% owned and is thus a potential option in deep leagues for a manager needing another goalie. I’d recommend Pickard in points leagues rather than rotisserie because he won’t put up the best GAA or SV% on a weak Avalanche team. Nonetheless, Colorado has looked better lately and Pickard has the starter’s role following Varlamov’s injury – therefore there is quiet potential here.

 

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Mid-Week Deke: Feb 9

Welcome to the fourth addition of Mid-Week Deke! Weekly Dekes serves a great purpose at the onset of a match up – but in the world of fantasy hockey, things can change quickly. The Mid-Week Deke will provide a short update on recent developments – continue to use the Weekly Dekes as your weekly scheduling guide.

Potential Playoff Moves

Elias Lindholm – Has anyone noticed that Lindholm has 1 goal and 11 assists over his last 12 games. He is averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game, including powerplay mileage. I reiterate that Carolina plays 5 games in weeks 21 and 23, two playoff weeks for many leagues out there. He is 5% owned and truly deserves more than that given his recent performance and his fantasy playoff schedule. Be proactive and grab him now.

Vasilevskiy – For those in a secure playoff spot who can afford to take a bit of a gamble with one of their roster spots (especially those who could use more goalie depth), consider adding Vasilevskiy while he is available in 59% of leagues. If Bishop gets dealt before the deadline, you’ll have scooped up another starting goaltender before anyone else could beat you to it. If Tampa Bay gets hot at the end of the season and makes a push into a playoff spot, Vasilevskiy will be a huge fantasy asset. He has proven his worth at times, and the Lightning were Eastern Conference finalists in each of the last two playoffs – the potential is high. Worst case scenario you drop Vasilevskiy and pick someone else up (or get a healthy player back from the IR).

Islanders Finding Momentum – The team is waking up under Dough Weight and could continue to push for the playoffs in a very tight Eastern conference race where no one is out of it yet. They are 7-1-2 in their last ten games and have a few players who have really stepped in up lately:

Josh Bailey – I am going to keep promoting Bailey until his ownership reaches at least 40%. He’s sitting at 23% right now despite having 38 points on the season which includes 5 goals and 3 assists over the last 7 games. Playing alongside Tavares is at least a reason to boost short-term ownership, but it’s a combination that seems to be working and should therefore last. Smarten up, grab some Bailey!

Ryan Strome – Remember when Strome tallied 50 points in 81 games played in the 2014 season? And then only managed 28 points in 71 games the following year? And then got off to a slow start in 2016 with the occasional healthy scratch to boot? Perhaps things are turning around and the talented young forward could be playing up to potential. He has points in 5 straight games (2 goals and 5 assists) while averaging between 15 to 16 minutes of ice-time a night. His ownership is a very insignificant 3% and is therefore available almost everywhere.

Anders Lee – Another Islander, Lee has points in 4 straight games (2 goals and 5 assists) which includes 3 PPPs. He too is finding success on a line with Tavares. He’s only 25% owned.

Other Streaking Players Under the Radar

Paul Stastny – Unfortunately Stastny is day-to-day with an injury following Thursday’s game (where he only registered 8 minutes of ice time). However, he was putting together a nice streak beforehand with 3 goals and 3 assists in his previous 4 games. Keep an eye on his injury status and consider picking him up if you are in the 65% of leagues where he remains available.

Jason Pominville – 6 points in the last 3 games and 14 points in the last 10 games – Pominville is hot and finding chemistry alongside Coyle and Niederreiter but is only 13% owned. Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league and you can generally rely on positive +/- ratings from any player on the squad. In fact, four of the top 5 in plus-minus are Minnesota players, although Pominville has a much more modest +2 rating.

Brandon Dubinsky – Dubinsky has had a surprisingly mediocre season despite his team’s success. Nonetheless, his 17:30 of ice-time per game is starting to produce more. He has 2 goals and 3 assists over the past 4 games with 10 PIMs and a +4 rating too.

Ryan Hartman – 12 goals on the fourth line in Chicago? Averaging 4 shots per game over the last week despite the ~12 minutes of ice-time? Hartman is a good spot start option, he has goals in three straight games and is only 5% owned (also has duel LW/RW eligibility).

Fantasy Hockey Playoff Push: We are getting into the final weeks of the season where fantasy hockey managers may be looking to finish strong in order to make the playoffs if they are on the bubble. It could be worth the risk to drop formerly reliable roster players in order to get a few more man-games. A few points here and a few points there could be the difference between a win and a loss, the difference between a birth in the playoffs versus a seat on the sidelines.

Scheduling: Need an extra boost at the end of the week because McDavid or Gaudreau have sat on your bench 6 out of 7 days this week? Take a shot at spot starting players on the following teams to get 2 games in over 3 days: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Winnipeg.

Side Notes

Thornton scored his first non-empty net goal of the season! The playmaker now has 4 total.

Domi registered his first goal and assists since returning from injury. He has been back in action for three games now but this was the first time that he recorded regular minutes at 18:42. Surprisingly, despite the pre-season ranking of 90 he is only 49% owned. Keep an eye out, if he is back to his regular self he’ll be a huge potential addition in half of Yahoo leagues.

Washington continues to hammer teams on home ice, winning 11 straight now and scoring piles of goals the whole way. Guys like Connelly have had consistent fantasy production lately but I wouldn’t jump to add the 3rd and 4th liners who only see about 10 minutes of ice-time per game. Additionally, the Capitals have one game left before their 6-day bye-week… no point sitting on idle players over that stretch.

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