Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Week 7: The Return of Sid

  • Week 7: The Return of Sid

    There was plenty of speculation that Sidney Crosby was going to return this weekend but the Pittsburgh Penguins put those rumors to bed when they announced he would not. Crosby is very, very close to returning and if I were a betting man I would bet that he returns this coming week. The Penguins want his first game back to be a home game and not a back-to-back so that could be this Tuesday when they are home playing a single game against the Colorado Avalanche. Crosby owners rejoice it won’t be long till he is back on the ice.



    Games to be played in week 7:


    GP
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    SUN
    ANAHEIM
    3

    @LA
    LA

    DET
    BOSTON
    3
    NJ
    CBJ
    @NYI
    BUFFALO
    4
    @MON

    NJ

    @CAR
    PHO
    CALGARY
    2
    OTT

    CHI

    CAROLINA
    4
    PHI

    @MON

    BUF

    TOR
    CHICAGO
    3

    @VAN

    @CGY
    @EDM
    COLORADO
    4
    @PIT
    @MIN
    DAL

    SJ
    COLUMBUS
    3
    MIN
    @BOS
    @NAS
    DALLAS
    3
    FLA

    @COL
    SJ
    DETROIT
    4
    @STL
    @SJ
    @LA
    @ANA
    EDMONTON
    2

    OTT
    CHI
    FLORIDA
    3
    @DAL
    @STL
    PIT
    LOS ANGELES
    3

    ANA
    @ANA
    DET
    MINNESOTA
    3
    @CBJ
    COL
    STL
    MONTREAL
    4
    BUF

    CAR
    @NYI
    NYR
    NASHVILLE
    3
    WAS
    TOR
    CBJ
    NEW JERSEY
    3
    @BOS
    @BUF

    @TB
    NY ISLANDERS
    3
    NYR
    MON
    BOS
    NY RANGERS
    2
    @NYI

    @MON
    OTTAWA
    3
    @CGY
    @EDM

    @VAN
    PHILADELPHIA
    3
    @CAR

    PHO
    @WPG
    PHOENIX
    3
    @TOR
    @PHI
    @BUF
    PITTSBURGH
    3
    COL
    @TB
    @FLA
    SAN JOSE
    3

    DET
    @DAL
    @COL
    ST. LOUIS
    3
    DET
    FLA
    @MIN
    TAMPA BAY
    3
    @WPG

    PIT
    NJ
    TORONTO
    4
    PHO
    @NAS
    WAS
    @CAR
    VANCOUVER
    2

    CHI


    OTT
    WASHINGTON
    3
    @NAS
    @WPG
    @TOR
    WINNIPEG
    3
    TB

    WAS
    PHI

    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 11, 2011):

    HOME: Calgary (3-4-1), Carolina (3-3-1), Edmonton (6-1-1), Montreal (2-4-2), Nashville (2-2-1), New York I (4-3-1), Vancouver (3-2-1) and Winnipeg (2-3-0)
    AWAY:
    Chicago (4-3-1), Detroit (2-3-0), New Jersey (3-3-0), New York R (4-2-2), Ottawa (2-4-0), Phoenix (3-1-1) and Washington (3-3-0)

    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 20, 2011):

    Anaheim, Carolina, Colorado, Detroit, Ottawa, San Jose, Toronto 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:

    Anaheim, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, San Jose and Toronto

    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 11, 2011:

    TOP FIVE: San Jose (8-1-1), Dallas (8-2-0), Edmonton (7-2-1), New York R (7-2-1) and Tampa Bay (7-3-0)
    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Anaheim (1-6-3), Columbus (2-8-0), New York I (2-5-3), Colorado (3-6-1) and Carolina (3-5-2)

    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 11, 2011:

    Colorado Avalanche: 29.6%
    Vancouver Canucks: 26.9%
    Washington Capitals: 25.0%
    Ottawa Senators: 24.5%
    Florida Panthers: 24.1%



    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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