Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Week 3: Full of Questions

  • Week 3: Full of Questions

    As we start week three of the NHL season there are plenty of questions that come to mind. Now that Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact when will he dress for his first game? Will David Legwand continue to score at a 2.33 point per game pace? Legwand is on pace for a 191 point season, we know that will slow down. Ales Hemsky injured his shoulder this week, how long will he be out this time? How long till the Toronto Maple Leafs lose their first game? We should know most of these answers this week.




    Games to be played in week 3:

    GP
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    SUN
    EDMONTON
    4
    NAS
    @CAL

    MIN

    NYR

    FLORIDA
    4
    @TB
    @WAS

    BUF

    NYI

    PITTSBURGH
    4
    @WPG
    @MIN

    MON

    NJ

    TORONTO
    4
    COL

    WPG
    @BOS

    @MON

    WINNIPEG
    4
    PIT

    @TOR
    @OTT

    CAR

    ANAHEIM
    3
    @SJ



    DAL

    PHO
    BOSTON
    3

    CAR

    TOR

    SJ

    BUFFALO
    3

    @MON

    @FLA

    @TB

    CALGARY
    3

    EDM

    NYR

    NAS

    CAROLINA
    3

    @BOS


    @STL
    @WPG

    CHICAGO
    3

    @PHO

    @COL

    COL

    COLORADO
    3
    @TOR


    CHI

    @CHI

    COLUMBUS
    3

    DAL


    @DET
    @OTT

    DALLAS
    3

    @CBJ


    @ANA
    @LA

    LOS ANGELES
    3

    STL

    @PHO

    DAL

    MINNESOTA
    3

    PIT

    @EDM

    @VAN

    MONTREAL
    3

    BUF

    @PIT

    TOR

    NASHVILLE
    3
    @EDM


    @VAN

    @CAL

    NY RANGERS
    3

    @VAN

    @CAL

    @EDM

    OTTAWA
    3

    PHI

    WPG

    CBJ

    PHILADELPHIA
    3

    @OTT

    WAS

    STL

    PHOENIX
    3

    CHI

    LA


    @ANA
    SAN JOSE
    3
    ANA



    @NJ
    @BOS

    ST. LOUIS
    3

    @LA


    CAR
    @PHI

    TAMPA BAY
    3
    FLA


    NYI

    BUF

    VANCOUVER
    3

    NYR

    NAS

    MIN

    WASHINGTON
    3

    FLA

    @PHI

    DET

    DETROIT
    2




    CBJ
    @WAS

    NEW JERSEY
    2




    SJ
    @PIT

    NY ISLANDERS
    2



    @TB

    @FLA




    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 15, 2011):
    HOME: Boston (1-2-0), Calgary (0-1-0), Edmonton (1-0-0), Ottawa (1-1-0), Tampa Bay (0-0-0) and Vancouver (0-0-1)
    AWAY: Buffalo (1-0-0), Carolina (1-1-1), Dallas (0-1-0), Nashville (2-0-0), NY Islanders (0-0-0) and NY Rangers (0-0-2)

    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:
    Anaheim and Phoenix

    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:
    Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto and Winnipeg

    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 15, 2011:
    TOP FIVE: Pittsburgh (3-0-2), Philadelphia (3-0-0), Washington (3-0-0), Detroit (3-0-0) and Toronto (2-0-0)
    BOTTOM FIVE: Winnipeg (0-2-0), Columbus (0-3-1), NY Rangers (0-0-2), Ottawa (1-3-0) and Boston (1-3-0)

    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 15, 2011:
    Ottawa 31.6%
    Nashville 30.0%
    Calgary 30.0%
    San Jose 30.0%
    Colorado 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 15, 2011 (red are new injuries):

    David Krejci: Boston (day-to-day with abdominal injury)
    Jochen Hecht: Buffalo (day-to-day with head injury)
    Brendan Morrison: Calgary (on IR with knee injury)
    Mikael Backlund: Calgary (out 6 weeks, from Oct 4, with broken finger)
    Corey Crawford: Chicago (probable with a lower body injury)
    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)
    Derick Brassard: Columbus (questionable with lower body injury)
    Ryan Whitney: Edmonton (on IR as he rehabs ankle surgery from summer)
    Sam Gagner: Edmonton (on IR with high ankle sprain)
    Ales Hemsky: Edmonton (questionable due to shoulder injury)
    Andrei Markov: Montreal (on IR with knee inflammation)
    Chris Campoli: Montreal (out indefinitely with leg injury)
    Mike Cammalleri: Montreal (out 1-2 weeks, from Oct 10, with lacerated leg)
    Jaroslav Spacek: Montreal (out 2-3 weeks, from Oct 13, upper body injury)

    Travis Zajac: New Jersey (out indefinitely after Achilles surgery)
    Martin Brodeur: New Jersey (questionable due to shoulder injury)
    Nino Niederreiter: NY Islanders (on IR with groin injury)
    Rick DiPietro: NY Islanders (out indefinitely with concussion)
    John Tavares: NY Islanders (probable due to cramping)

    Marc Staal: NY Rangers (on IR with concussion)
    Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh (on IR with post-concussion syndrome)
    Martin Havlat: San Jose (on IR after shoulder surgery)
    Antero Niittymaki: San Jose (out 3 months, from Sept 19 after hip surgery)
    Antti Niemi: San Jose (day-to-day after cyst 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)
    Nazem Kadri: Toronto (on IR with knee injury)
    Tim Connolly: Toronto (on IR with upper body injury)
    Mason Raymond: Vancouver (out indefinitely with fractured vertebrae)
    Ryan Kesler: Vancouver (out indefinitely after off-season hip surgery)
    Michal Neuvirth: Washington (doubtful with lower body injury)
    Eric Fehr: Winnipeg (on IR after shoulder surgery)

    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:
    David Legwand: Nashville (3 GP 2 G 5 A)
    Thomas Vanek: Buffalo (3 GP 3 G 3 A)
    Jeff Skinner: Carolina (5 GP 2 G 4 A)
    James Neal: Pittsburgh (5 GP 4 G 1 A)
    Milan Michalek: Ottawa (4 GP 3 G 2 A)
    Daniel Sedin: Vancouver (4 GP 2 G 3 A)
    Henrik Sedin: Vancouver (4 GP 1 G 4 A)
    Rick Nash: Columbus (4 GP 2 G 3 A)
    Anze Kopitar: Los Angeles (3 GP 3 G 2 A)
    Claude Giroux: Philadelphia (3 GP 3 G 2 A)

    DEFENSEMEN:
    Kris Letang: Pittsburgh (5 GP 1 G 5 A)
    Erik Karlsson: Ottawa (4 GP 0 G 6 A)
    Chris Pronger: Philadelphia (3 GP 1 G 3 A)
    Ryan Suter: Nashville (3 GP 2 G 1 A)
    Tim Gleason: Carolina (5 GP 0 G 3 A)
    Dennis Wideman: Washington (3 GP 2 G 1 A)
    Dion Phaneuf: Toronto (2 GP 1 G 2 A)
    Sheldon Souray: Dallas (4 GP 0 G 3 A)
    Andrej Meszaros: Philadelphia (3 GP 1 G 2 A)
    Keith Yandle: Phoenix (3 GP 0 G 3 A)


    Here are the top five goaltenders and bottom five goaltenders from the past 14 days:

    HOT GOALTENDERS:
    Ilya Bryzgalov: Philadelphia (3 GP 3 W 1 SO)
    Marc-Andre Fleury: Pittsburgh (3 GP 3 W 0 SO)
    Kari Lehtonen: Dallas (3 GP 3 W 0 SO)
    Jimmy Howard: Detroit (2 GP 2 W 1 SO)
    James Reimer: Toronto (2 GP 2 W 1 SO)

    COLD GOALTENDERS:
    Steve Mason: Columbus (4 GP 3 L)
    Tim Thomas: Boston (3 GP 2 L)
    Carey Price: Montreal (3 GP 2 L)
    Jaroslav Halak: St. Louis (3 GP 2 L)
    Craig Anderson: Ottawa (4 GP 2 L)


    Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of fantasyhockeycoach.com. FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for The Star Phoenix, Fantrax, Inside Hockey and Bleacher Report. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at twitter.com/fanhockeycoach.
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