Fantasy Hockey Week 26: Last Two Weeks

After this week the playoff picture should be a little clearer with most the teams fighting for playoff spots playing four games. Be sure to dress your players battling for playoff spots as these teams are in playoff mode and will give you the best chance at winning this week.

Stay on top of injuries as playoff bound teams will rest star players who have the slightest of an injury. With so much on the line in these final weeks don’t lose out on points during a scoring period because you dressed an injured player.

Games to be played in week 26:

FOUR GAMES: Anaheim, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tampa Bay

THREE GAMES: Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington

TWO GAMES: Phoenix and San Jose

When it comes to dressing your players for the upcoming week, especially your goalies, it is important to know which team is on a long road trip and which team is enjoying an extended period at home. Listed below are the teams that play at least three home/away games this week or play all their games at home or on the road (home/road records up to March 25, 2011):

HOME: Boston (18-12-5), Columbus (16-16-4), Detroit (19-12-5), New Jersey (18-15-3), Phoenix (19-12-6), San Jose (21-11-5) and Washington (22-8-7)

AWAY: Atlanta (15-16-5), Buffalo (20-12-5), Chicago (17-11-8), Dallas (18-14-2) and NY Rangers (22-14-1)

If you participate in any type of head-to-head hockey pool then you are likely dressing a lineup for each scoring period, which usually ends on Sunday. As the week comes to an end and you find yourself in a close battle for those wins you want as many players as possible playing for you. Here are the teams that play on Sunday (record for Sunday games up to Week 25):

Anaheim (9-6), Buffalo (3-3), Calgary (5-3), Carolina (2-3), Chicago (9-3), Colorado (1-2), Columbus (1-5), Dallas (3-3), Detroit (5-2), Minnesota (3-6), NY Rangers (6-5), Philadelphia (5-3), St. Louis (3-3) and Tampa Bay (4-3)

When you are deciding which goalie to dress you need to look at the NHL schedule to see if your goalie’s team will play in a back-to-back game that week. Most coaches will not dress the same goalie in back-to-back games so that is something to consider when you are thinking about which goalie to dress for the week. Here are the teams that play in back-to-back games this week (record of second game of back-to-back up to Week 25):

Anaheim (5-7), Buffalo (7-11), Carolina (6-11), Chicago (10-6), Colorado (3-10), Columbus (9-7), Dallas (4-6), Detroit (8-5), Minnesota (5-12), Montreal (6-8), New Jersey (6-10), NY Islanders (6-12), NY Rangers (11-5), Philadelphia (8-5), St. Louis (10-5) and Tampa Bay (6-8)

Knowing which team is on a hot streak or cold streak will help in making your lineup decisions, for example you definitely want to dress a goalie from teams that are on a hot streak. Here are the top five and bottom five teams up to March 25, 2011:

TOP FIVE: Washington (9-1-0), Phoenix (8-1-1), Vancouver (8-2-0), Nashville (7-2-1) and NY Rangers (7-2-1)

BOTTOM FIVE: Colorado (2-7-1), Edmonton (2-6-2), Minnesota (2-6-2), Tampa Bay (2-4-4) and Columbus (2-4-4)

Most elite stars are consistent scorers, but there are several players who are very streaky so keep an eye on their stats so that you can dress them while they are on a hot streak. Here are the top five scorers for each skater position (positions based according to CBSsports.com) up to March 25, 2011 for the past 14 days:

CENTERS PAST 14: Joe Pavelski-SJ (GP-7 G-4 A-10), Ryan Getzlaf-ANA (GP-6 G-1 A-9), Matt Duchene-COL (GP-6 G-5 A-4), Jason Spezza-OTT (GP-6 G-3 A-6), Torrey Mitchell-SJ (GP-7 G-4 A-3)

RIGHT-WINGERS PAST 14: Corey Perry-ANA (GP-6 G-8 A-2), Mike Knuble-WAS (GP-5 G-5 A-3), Matt D’Agostini-STL (GP-6 G-4 A-4), Shane Doan-PHO (GP-7 G-2 A-6), Radim Vrbata-PHO (GP-7 G-2 A-6)

LEFT-WINGERS PAST 14: Patrick Marleau-SJ (GP-7 G-6 A-6), Daniel Sedin-VAN (GP-5 G-5 A-4), Chris Kunitz-PIT (GP-6 G-4 A-5), Sergei Kostitsyn-NAS (GP-7 G-3 A-4), Jamie Benn-DAL (GP-5 G-2 A-5)

DEFENSEMEN PAST 14: Dion Phaneuf-TOR (GP-7 G-3 A-4), Zdeno Chara-BOS (GP-5 G-1 A-6), Dan Boyle-SJ (GP-7 G-0 A-7), P.K. Subban-MTL (GP-7 G-4 A-2), Erik Karlsson-OTT (GP-6 G-A-4)

Here are the top five goaltenders and bottom five goaltenders up to March 25, 2011 for the past 14 days:

HOT GOALTENDERS PAST 14: Ilya Bryzgalov-PHO (GP-6 W-5 SO-1 GAA-1.51), Henrik Lundqvist-NYR (GP-6 W-5 SO-1 GAA-1.79), James Reimer-TOR (GP-6 W-5 SO-1 GAA-2.41), Pekka Rinne-NAS (GS-6 W-5 GAA-2.32), Cam Ward-CAR (GP-5 W-3 SO-1 GAA-2.00)

COLD GOALTENDERS PAST 14: Peter Budaj-COL (GP-3 L-3 GAA-4.43), Tomas Vokoun-FLA (GP-3 L-3 GAA-2.71), Devan Dubnyk-EDM (GP-L-GAA-4.08), Niklas Backstrom-MIN (GP-5 L-3 GAA-3.70), Miikka Kiprusoff-CAL (GP-6 L-3 GAA-3.90)

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