Fantasy Schedule Week 4: Decision Time

Most teams will be playing their ninth or tenth game this week that means decision time for players that can be sent back to juniors.  There are plenty of tough decisions to make.  Sean Couturier (Philadelphia 6 GP 4 PTS), Brett Connolly (Tampa Bay 7 GP 1 PT), Nino Niederreiter (NY Islanders), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg 6 GP 1 PT), Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado 7 GP 3 PTS), Brett Bulmer (Minnesota 7 GP 2 PTS), Ryan Johansen (Columbus 4 GP 0 PTS) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton 4 GP 5 PTS) will all have their fate decided within the next seven to 10 days.

Games to be played in week 4:

 

GP

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

ANAHEIM

4

@CHI

@MIN

@NAS

@CBJ

COLUMBUS

4

DET

@BUF

@CHI

ANA

EDMONTON

4

SJ

WAS

@COL

STL

LOS ANGELES

4

NJ

@DAL

@PHO

@COL

MONTREAL

4

FLA

PHI

@BOS

BOS

OTTAWA

4

@CAR

FLA

@NYR

TOR

PHILADELPHIA

4

TOR

@MON

WPG

CAR

TORONTO

4

@PHI

@NYR

PIT

@OTT

BUFFALO

3

TB

CBJ

FLA

CAROLINA

3

OTT

CHI

@PHI

CHICAGO

3

ANA

@CAR

CBJ

COLORADO

3

@CGY

EDM

LA

DALLAS

3

@PHO

LA

NJ

DETROIT

3

@CBJ

SJ

@MIN

FLORIDA

3

@MON

@OTT

@BUF

NASHVILLE

3

SJ

TB

ANA

NEW JERSEY

3

@LA

@PHO

@DAL

NY ISLANDERS

3

PIT

@PIT

SJ

NY RANGERS

3

@WPG

TOR

OTT

PHOENIX

3

DAL

NJ

LA

PITTSBURGH

3

@NYI

NYI

@TOR

SAN JOSE

3

@NAS

@DET

@NYI

ST. LOUIS

3

@VAN

@CGY

@EDM

TAMPA BAY

3

@BUF

@NAS

WPG

VANCOUVER

3

@EDM

STL

WAS

WINNIPEG

3

NYR

@PHI

@TB

BOSTON

2

MON

@MON

CALGARY

2

COL

STL

MINNESOTA

2

ANA

DET

WASHINGTON

2

@EDM

@VAN

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 October 22, 2011):

HOME: Buffalo (1-1-0), Calgary (1-1-1), Edmonton (2-1-1), Minnesota (2-1-1), Montreal (0-2-1), Nashville (0-1-1), Philadelphia (1-1-1) and Phoenix (1-2-0)

AWAY: Anaheim (1-1-0), Florida (2-2-0), Los Angeles (2-0-1), New Jersey (1-0-0), San Jose (1-1-0), Toronto (0-1-0) and Washington (2-0-0)

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 (October 30, 2011):

Anaheim, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Ottawa, St. Louis and Toronto

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:

Anaheim, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver

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 October 22, 2011:

TOP FIVE: Washington (6-0-0), Detroit (5-0-0), Dallas (6-1-0), Buffalo (5-1-0) and Pittsburgh (5-2-2)

BOTTOM FIVE: Columbus (0-6-1), Winnipeg (1-4-1), Montreal (1-4-1), Ottawa (2-5-0) and San Jose (2-3-0)

Fantasy hockey is all about offense and what better place to generate offense then the power play.  Here are the top five power plays up to October 22, 2011:

Colorado: 29.2%
Florida: 28.6%
Washington: 26.1%
Los Angeles: 26.1%
Philadelphia: 25.0%

Staying on top of injuries is extremely important to the success and failure of your fantasy hockey team.  Not knowing who is injured could lead to dressing a player who won’t get you any fantasy points.  A player on injured reserved (IR) doesn’t have an exact timeline yet so dress with caution if you are going to put him in your line-up.  Here are the latest significant injuries taken from TSN.ca up to October 22, 2011:

Jason Blake: Anaheim (out three months after wrist surgery)

Jochen Hecht: Buffalo (day-to-day with a concussion)

Mikael Backlund: Calgary (out 6 weeks, from Oct 4, with broken finger)

Zac Dalpe: Carolina (questionable with a lower body injury)

Peter Mueller: Colorado (questionable with concussion-like symptoms)

Kristian Huselius: Columbus (out indefinitely after pectoral surgery)
Jared Boll: Columbus (out 6-8 weeks, from Oct 1, with broken thumb)
Jeff Carter: Columbus (questionable with illness)
Curtis Sanford: Columbus (out 2-4 weeks, from Oct 19, with groin injury)

Sam Gagner: Edmonton (on IR with high ankle sprain)
Ales Hemsky: Edmonton (out 1-2 weeks, from Oct 16, shoulder injury)

Ed Jovanovski: Florida (questionable with a hip injury)
Sean Bergenheim: Florida (questionable with a lower body injury)

Drew Doughty: Los Angeles (on IR with an upper body injury)

Mikko Koivu: Minnesota (questionable due to a facial laceration)

Andrei Markov: Montreal (on IR with knee inflammation)
Chris Campoli: Montreal (out indefinitely with leg injury)
Jaroslav Spacek: Montreal (out 2-3 weeks, from Oct 13, upper body injury)
Scott Gomez: Montreal (questionable with an upper body injury)

Mike Fisher: Nashville (on IR after shoulder surgery)
Martin Erat: Nashville (on IR with an upper body injury)

Travis Zajac: New Jersey (out indefinitely after Achilles surgery)
Martin Brodeur: New Jersey (questionable due to shoulder injury)
Jacob Josefson: New Jersey (out 3-4 months due to a broken clavicle)

Nino Niederreiter: NY Islanders (on IR with groin injury)
Rick DiPietro: NY Islanders (out indefinitely with concussion)

Marc Staal: NY Rangers (on IR with concussion)
Wojtek Wolski: NY Rangers (questionable with a groin injury)

Kimmo Timonen: Philadelphia (doubtful with a sore hand)

Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh (on IR with post-concussion syndrome)
Evgeni Malkin: Pittsburgh (questionable with a knee injury)

Martin Havlat: San Jose (on IR after shoulder surgery)
Antero Niittymaki: San Jose (out 3 months, from Sept 19 after hip surgery)

David Perron: St. Louis (on IR with post-concussion syndrome)
Andy McDonald: St. Louis (out indefinitely with head injury)

Mattias Ohlund: Tampa Bay (out indefinitely after knee surgery)

Tim Connolly: Toronto (on IR with upper body injury)
Colby Armstrong: Toronto (on IR with a sprained ankle)
Clarke MacArthur: Toronto (questionable with a lower body injury)

Mason Raymond: Vancouver (out indefinitely with fractured vertebrae)
Mikael Samuelsson: Vancouver (probable due to a groin injury)

Michal Neuvirth: Washington (doubtful with lower body injury)

Eric Fehr: Winnipeg (on IR after shoulder surgery)
Ron Hainsey: Winnipeg (questionable with an upper body injury)

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 ten scorers at forward and defense from the past 14 days:

FORWARDS:

John Tavares: NY Islanders (4 GP 5 G 3 A)
Daniel Sedin: Vancouver (6 GP 2 G 6 A)
Henrik Sedin: Vancouver (6 GP 3 G 4 A)
Loui Eriksson: Dallas (5 GP 5 G 2 A)
Valtteri Filppula: Detroit (3 GP 2 G 5 A)
Phil Kessel: Toronto (4 GP 4 G 3 A)
P.A. Parenteau: NY Islanders (4 GP 1 G 6 A)
Johan Franzen: Detroit (3 GP 3 G 3 A)
Nicklas Backstrom: Washington (5 GP 1 G 5 A)
Anze Kopitar: Los Angeles (4GP 1 G 5 A)

DEFENSEMEN:

Marc-Andre Bergeron: Tampa Bay (5 GP 2 G 6 A)
Dennis Wideman: Washington (5 GP 2 G 3 A)
Joni Pitkanen: Carolina (5 GP 2 G 3 A)
Erik Johnson: Colorado (6 GP 0 G 5 A)
Brian Campbell: Florida (5 GP 0 G 5 A)
Sami Salo: Vancouver (6 GP 2 G 2 A)
Ryan Wilson: Colorado (6 GP 0 G 4 A)
Alex Pietrangelo: St. Louis (6 GP 1 G 3 A)
Chris Pronger: Philadelphia (4 GP 1 G 3 A)
Mark Streit: NY Islanders (4 GP 0 G 4 A)
Here are the top five goaltenders and bottom five goaltenders from the past 14 days:

HOT GOALTENDERS:

Tomas Vokoun: Washington (5 GP 5 W 1 SO)
Jonathan Quick: Los Angeles (4 GP 3 W 2 SO)
Kari Lehtonen: Dallas (5 GP 5 W 0 SO)
Jimmy Howard: Detroit (3 GP 3 W 1 SO)
Semyon Varlamov: Colorado (4 GP 3 W 1 SO)

COLD GOALTENDERS:

Steve Mason: Columbus (5 GP 4 L)
Carey Price: Montreal (5 GP 3 L)
Jaroslav Halak: St. Louis (4 GP 3 L)
Pekka Rinne: Nashville (4 GP 3 L)
Alex Auld: Ottawa (2 GP 2 L)

For more fantasy hockey analysis, check out FantasyHockeyCoach.com.

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