Red Wings Hit the Road to Start November

The first month of the season is over and teams are starting to hit their stride.

The Detroit Red Wings start the month of November off with a road trip to Western Canada.

Pavel Datsyuk enjoys playing on the West coast scoring four goals and nine points in six games last season.Valterri Filppula didn’t produce so well in Alberta with just one point in three games but in Vancouver he scored four points in two games. Look for Nicklas Lidstrom to break the streak this season as he went pointless in Western Canada last season.

Jimmy Howard is day-to-day with back spasms so expect Chris Osgood to be the starter. Over his career Osgood is 13-8-1 at the Saddledome in Calgary, 7-5-1 at Skyreach Center in Edmonton and 5-2-3 at GM Place in Vancouver.

Games to be played in week five:

Four Games: Carolina, Chicago, Rangers, Philadelphia and Vancouver

Three Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Islanders, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington

Two Games: Calgary, Colorado and Los Angeles

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 all their games at home or on the road (minimum two games) and their home/road records up to October 31, 2010:

HOME: Anaheim (2-1-1), Colorado (2-2-0), Los Angeles (4-0-0) and Washington (4-1-0)

AWAY: Detroit (2-1-0), Nashville (3-1-0), Pittsburgh (4-1-1) and Tampa Bay (4-1-0)

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):

Anaheim (1-0), Chicago (0-0), Edmonton (1-0), Nashville (1-0), Rangers (1-0), Philadelphia (0-0), St. Louis (0-0) and Washington (0-0)

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):

Atlanta (1-3), Boston (1-0), Buffalo (1-3), Carolina (1-2), Chicago (2-1), Dallas (1-0), Detroit (1-0), Florida (0-1), Minnesota (0-2), Montreal (1-1), Nashville (2-0), Islanders (1-1), Rangers (2-0), Philadelphia (2-0), Phoenix (0-3), Pittsburgh (2-0), St. Louis (1-0), Tampa Bay (2-0), Toronto (0-0) and Vancouver (0-1)

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 31, 2010:

TOP FIVE: Montreal (7-2-1), Tampa Bay (7-2-1), Washington (7-3-0), Los Angeles (7-3-0) and St. Louis (6-1-2)

BOTTOM FIVE: Buffalo (2-6-2), New Jersey (3-7-0), Edmonton (3-4-2), Phoenix (3-4-3) and Florida (4-5-0)

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 up to October 31, 2010 for the past 7 and 14 days:

SKATERS PAST 7: Joe Thornton-SJ (3GP 3G 5A), Ryan Callahan-NYR (4GP 4G 3A), Dany Heatley-SJ (3GP 3G 4A), Duncan Keith-CHI (3GP 1G 6A), Chris Stewart-COL (3GP 4G 2A)

SKATER PAST 14: Thornton (6GP 3G 9A), Heatley (6GP 4G 7A), Stewart (6GP 6G 5A), Steven Stamkos-TB (6GP 5G 8A), Milan Hejduk-COL (6GP 3G 8A)

GOALTENDERS PAST 14: Tim Thomas-BOS (4GS 4W 2SO), Jaroslav Halak-STL (5GS 4W 2SO), Antero Niittymaki-SJ (4GS 4W), Miikka Kiprusoff-CAL (5GS 3W 2S), Michal Neuvirth-WAS (5GS 3W 1SO)

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