Fantasy Schedule Week 6: Concussions

Concussions are playing a major role in who plays this season.  Sidney Crosby still has no timetable on his return.  David Perron is dealing with post-concussion syndrome.  James Reimer’s injury was called a ‘head’ injury or ‘whiplash’ when it should have been called a concussion.  Marc Savard won’t play a game this season due to post-concussion syndrome and Daniel Alfredsson is currently dealing with a concussion.  Others out with concussions are: Jochen Hecht, Raitis Ivanans, Ben Smith, Peter Mueller, Radek Martinek, Ian Laperriere, Kurt Sauer, Nick Petersen, Andy McDonald and Marc Staal.  Lets hope we don’t see any new concussions in week 6.

Games to be played in week 6:

 

GP

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

CHICAGO

4

@STL

@CBJ

CGY

EDM

EDMONTON

4

@MON

@BOS

@DET

@CHI

LOS ANGELES

4

@SJ

NAS

VAN

MIN

MINNESOTA

4

@CGY

@SJ

@LA

@ANA

ANAHEIM

3

NAS

VAN

MIN

BOSTON

3

NYI

EDM

BUF

BUFFALO

3

WPG

OTT

@BOS

CALGARY

3

MIN

@CHI

@COL

CAROLINA

3

@NJ

@NYR

PIT

COLORADO

3

@DET

NYI

CGY

DALLAS

3

@WAS

@PIT

@DET

DETROIT

3

COL

EDM

DAL

FLORIDA

3

@TOR

@WPG

PHI

MONTREAL

3

EDM

@PHO

@NAS

NASHVILLE

3

@LA

@ANA

MON

NEW JERSEY

3

CAR

WAS

@WAS

NY ISLANDERS

3

@BOS

@COL

@VAN

OTTAWA

3

NYR

@BUF

@TOR

SAN JOSE

3

LA

MIN

PHO

ST. LOUIS

3

CHI

TOR

TB

TORONTO

3

FLA

@STL

OTT

VANCOUVER

3

@LA

@ANA

NYI

WASHINGTON

3

DAL

@NJ

NJ

WINNIPEG

3

@BUF

FLA

@CBJ

COLUMBUS

2

CHI

WPG

NY RANGERS

2

@OTT

CAR

PHILADELPHIA

2

@TB

@FLA

PHOENIX

2

MON

@SJ

PITTSBURGH

2

DAL

@CAR

TAMPA BAY

2

PHI

@STL

 

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 November 4, 2011):

HOME: Anaheim (3-2-0), Boston (3-5-0), Columbus (2-4-1), Detroit (3-2-1), Los Angeles (3-3-0), San Jose (2-2-0) and St. Louis (2-1-0)

AWAY: Dallas (3-2-0), Edmonton (2-1-1), Minnesota (2-1-2), NY Islanders (0-2-1) and Philadelphia (4-1-0)

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 (November 13, 2011):

Anaheim, Chicago, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, NY Islanders, Philadelphia and Vancouver

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:

Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Washington

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 November 4, 2011:

TOP FIVE: Washington (8-2-0), Chicago (7-1-2), Edmonton (7-2-1), Dallas (7-3-0) and Toronto (6-3-1)

BOTTOM FIVE: Columbus (2-7-1), NY Islanders (3-5-2), Anaheim (3-4-3), Boston (4-6-0) and Detroit (4-5-1)

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 November 4, 2011:

Ottawa: 28.9%
Colorado: 26.3%
Washington: 23.7%
Florida: 22.4%
Los Angeles: 22.0%

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 November 4, 2011:

Jason Blake: Anaheim – out three months (Oct 15) after wrist surgery

Jochen Hecht: Buffalo – out indefinitely with a concussion
Tyler Ennis: Buffalo – out 1-2 weeks (Oct 23) with sprained ankle

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

Jussi Jokinen: Carolina – out 3-4 weeks (Nov 2) with leg injury

Duncan Keith: Chicago – questionable with a hand injury

Peter Mueller: Colorado – out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms

Kristian Huselius: Columbus – out indefinitely after pectoral surgery
Jared Boll: Columbus – out 6-8 weeks (Oct 1) with broken thumb
Jeff Carter: Columbus – on injured reserve with hairline fracture in foot
Curtis Sanford: Columbus – out 2-4 weeks (Oct 19) with groin injury

Steve Ott: Dallas – will miss Friday’s game with hip injury

Ryan Whitney: Edmonton – out 3 weeks (Oct 26) with high ankle sprain
Ales Hemsky: Edmonton – on injured reserve with shoulder injury
Cam Barker: Edmonton – probable Saturday with sore shoulder

Scott Clemmensen: Florida – out 1 month (Sep 26) after knee surgery
Sean Bergenheim: Florida –on injured reserve with a lower body injury
Mikael Samuelsson: Florida – out indefinitely with groin injury

Andrei Markov: Montreal – on injured reserve with knee inflammation
Chris Campoli: Montreal – out indefinitely with leg injury
Scott Gomez: Montreal – out indefinitely with upper body injury

Travis Zajac: New Jersey – out indefinitely after Achilles surgery
Ilya Kovalchuk: New Jersey – questionable Saturday with lower body injury
Jacob Josefson: New Jersey – out 3-4 months (Oct 22) after clavicle surgery

Nino Niederreiter: NY Islanders – on injured reserve with groin injury
Evgeni Nabokov: NY Islanders – probable Saturday with lower body injury

Marc Staal: NY Rangers – on injured reserve with concussion
Wojtek Wolski: NY Rangers – doubtful Saturday with groin injury

Peter Regin: Ottawa – on injured reserve with shoulder injury
Daniel Alfredsson: Ottawa – out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms
Alex Auld: Ottawa – on injured reserve with undisclosed injury

Chris Pronger: Philadelphia – out 2-3 weeks (Oct 25) with eye injury
Brayden Schenn: Philadelphia – out 4-6 weeks (Oct 27) with broken foot
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia – questionable Saturday with lower body injury
Matt Read: Philadelphia – questionable Saturday with upper body injury

Martin Hanzal: Phoenix – questionable Saturday with lower body injury

Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh – on injured reserve with post-concussion syndrome
Jordan Staal: Pittsburgh – questionable Saturday with lower body injury

Antero Niittymaki: San Jose – out 3 months (Sept 19) after hip surgery

David Perron: St. Louis – on injured reserve with post-concussion syndrome
Andy McDonald: St. Louis – out indefinitely with head injury

Mattias Ohlund: Tampa Bay – out indefinitely after knee surgery

James Reimer: Toronto – on injured reserve with concussion-like symptoms
Colby Armstrong: Toronto  – on injured reserve with a sprained ankle
Nazem Kadri: Toronto – on injured reserve with torn knee ligament

Mason Raymond: Vancouver – out indefinitely with fractured vertebrae
Sami Salo: Vancouver – questionable Friday with sore groin

Troy Brouwer: Washington – probable Friday due to shoulder injury
Mike Green: Washington – will miss Friday due to swollen ankle

Eric Fehr: Winnipeg – on injured reserve after shoulder surgery
Ron Hainsey: Winnipeg – on injured reserve with an upper body injury
Tobias Enstrom: Winnipeg – out indefinitely after breaking collarbone
Nik Antropov: Winnipeg – questionable Saturday with hand 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:

Teemu Selanne: Anaheim (7 GP 3 G 8 A)
Scott Hartnell: Philadelphia (7 GP 5 G 5 A)
Jaromir Jagr: Philadelphia (7 GP 5 G 4 A)
Claude Giroux: Philadelphia (7 GP 3 G 6 A)
Joffrey Lupul: Toronto (7 GP 4 G 5 A)
Phil Kessel: Toronto (7 GP 3 G 6 A)
Joe Pavelski: San Jose (6 GP 5 G 4 A)
Mikhail Grabovski: Toronto (7 GP 3 G 5 A)
Tomas Fleischmann: Florida (6 GP 4 G 4 A)
Danny Briere: Philadelphia (5 GP 3 G 4 A)

DEFENSEMEN:

Alexander Edler: Vancouver (6 GP 3 G 5 A)
Kimmo Timonen: Philadelphia (7 GP 0 G 7 A)
Sergei Gonchar: Ottawa (6 GP 0 G 7 A)
Corey Potter: Edmonton (6 GP 2 G 4 A)
John-Michael Liles: Toronto (7 GP 1 G 5 A)
Dmitry Kulikov: Florida (6 GP 0 G 6 A)
Filip Kuba: Ottawa (6 GP 1 G 4 A)
Erik Karlsson: Ottawa (6 GP 0 G 5 A)
Nick Leddy: Chicago (6 GP 1 G 4 A)
Kris Letang: Pittsburgh (5 GP 0 G 5 A)
Here are the top five goaltenders and bottom five goaltenders from the past 14 days:

HOT GOALTENDERS:

Nikolai Khabibulin: Edmonton (5 GP 5 W 2 SO)
Pekka Rinne: Nashville (6 GP 4 W 3 SO)
Mike Smith: Phoenix (5 GP 4 W 0 SO)
Jonas Gustavsson: Toronto (6 GP 4 W 0 SO)
Craig Anderson: Ottawa (5 GP 4 W 0 SO)

COLD GOALTENDERS:

Ryan Miller: Buffalo (4 GP 4 L)
Johan Hedberg: New Jersey (5 GP 3 L)
Steve Mason: Columbus (5 GP 3 L)
Ilya Bryzgalov: Philadelphia (5 GP 3 L)
Jimmy Howard: Detroit (4 GP 3 L)
For more fantasy hockey analysis, check out <a href=”http://fantasyhockeycoach.com/”>FantasyHockeyCoach.com</a>.

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