Well, here we are at the end of another NHL season.
With just one week to go the NHL playoff picture is still unclear. There are three spots available in the Eastern Conference and over in the West only two teams have clinched a playoff spot. This final week will be very interesting as the playoff match-ups start to take shape.
Games to be played in week 27:
FOUR GAMES: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, New Jersey and San Jose
THREE GAMES: Anaheim, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington
TWO GAMES: Calgary
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 April 2, 2011):
HOME: Calgary (22-13-4) and NY Rangers (18-16-4)
AWAY: No team plays all their games on the road
If you participate in any type of head-to-head hockey pool, 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 26):
Atlanta (5-5), Boston (3-2), Chicago (9-3), Colorado (1-2), Dallas (3-3), Detroit (5-2), Edmonton (3-8), Minnesota (3-6), New Jersey (6-2) and Pittsburgh (2-5)
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. Here are the teams that play in back-to-back games this week (record of second game of back-to-back up to Week 26):
Anaheim (5-8), Atlanta (3-11), Boston (9-4), Buffalo (8-11), Carolina (6-12), Chicago (10-6), Colorado (3-10), Columbus (9-7), Dallas (4-6), Edmonton (3-7), Florida (4-10), Los Angeles (6-6), Minnesota (5-12), Nashville (5-6), New Jersey (6-11), NY Islanders (6-12), NY Rangers (11-5), Philadelphia (8-6), Phoenix (6-8), San Jose (7-6), St. Louis (10-5), Tampa Bay (7-8) and Toronto (6-8)
New Jersey and NY Rangers play in two sets of back-to-back this week. 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 April 2, 2011:
TOP FIVE: Vancouver (9-1-0), Nashville (8-2-0), Anaheim (8-2-0), Washington (7-2-1) and Phoenix (7-32-1)
BOTTOM FIVE: Edmonton (0-7-3), Minnesota (2-7-1), Florida (2-5-3), Columbus (2-4-4) and Dallas (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 April 2, 2011 for the past 14 days:
CENTERS PAST 14: Ryan Getzlaf-ANA (GP-6 G-1 A-11), Vincent Lecavalier-TB (GP-5 G-1 A-6), Logan Couture-SJ (GP-4 G-4 A-2), Jeff Skinner-CAR (GP-5 G-4 A-2), Matt Duchene-COL (GP-6 G-4 A-2)
RIGHT-WINGERS PAST 14: Corey Perry-ANA (GP-6 G-9 A-4), Teemu Selanne-ANA (GP-6 G-7 A-5), Jarome Iginla-CAL (GP-6 G-7 A-3), Chris Stewart-STL (GP-6 G-5 A-3), Martin St. Louis-TB (GP-5 G-4 A-3)
LEFT-WINGERS PAST 14: Patrick Marleau-SJ (GP-4 G-6 A-1), Simone Gagne-TB (GP-5 G-4 A-3), Daniel Sedin-VAN (GP-5 G-3 A-4), Sergei Kostitsyn-NAS (GP-6 G-2 A-5), Milan Lucic-BOS (GP-6 G-1 A-6)
DEFENSEMEN PAST 14: Kevin Shattenkirk-STL (GP-6 G-1 A-7), Mark Giordano-CAL (GP-6 G-1 A-7), Zdeno Chara-BOS (GP-6 G-2 A-5), Lubomir Visnovsky-ANA (GP-6 G-2 A-5), Nicklas Lidstrom-DET (GP-5 G-1 A-5)
Here are the top five goaltenders and bottom five goaltenders up to April 2, 2011 for the past 14 days:
HOT GOALTENDERS PAST 14: Tim Thomas-BOS (GP-5 W-4 SO-2 GAA-0.98), James Reimer-TOR (GP-5 W-4 SO-1 GAA-2.22), Corey Crawford-CHI (GP-6 W-4 SO-1 GAA-1.81), Roberto Luongo-VAN (GP-4 W-4 GAA-1.00), Ray Emery-ANA (GP-4 W-4 GAA-2.50)
COLD GOALTENDERS PAST 14: Nikolai Khabibulin-EDM (GP-3 L-3 GAA-3.40), Tomas Vokoun-FLA (GP-4 L-3 GAA-2.52), Curtis McElhinney-OTT (GP-2 L-2 GAA-4.05), Rick DiPietro-NYI (GP-2 L-2 GAA-3.55), Carey Price-MON (GP-5 L-4 GAA-2.98)
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