Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Week 10: Start of December

  • Week 10: Start of December

    November is over and we enter the third month of the NHL season. Joffrey Lupul and Jonathan Toews both scored 14 points to lead all skaters for the month of November. Steven Stamkos was the top goal scorer with 10 goals. Evgeni Malkin put the most shots on net with 64. Zac Rinaldo had the most penalty minutes with 54.

    In net Brian Elliott finished with the best goals against average with 0.99 and Steve Mason had the worst with 4.90. Both Elliot and Mason also had the best and worst save percentage, Elliott finished with 96.1% and Mason with 84.3%. Jimmy Howard and Cam Ward both played in 14 games, which is easy to see why Howard finished with the most wins (10) and Ward finished with the most loss (9).

    The Boston Bruins went undefeated for the month of November with a record of 12-0-1. The Bruins look to be finally over the Stanley Cup hangover as they outscored their opponents 58-24 and won six games by three or more goals. No surprise that Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand lead all players with a +14 rating in November.

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named NHL Rookie of the Month for the second straight month. Nugent-Hopkins recorded five goals and 11 points.



    Games to be played in week 10:

    GP
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    SUN
    ANAHEIM
    3

    LA

    @STL

    @NAS

    BOSTON
    4
    @PIT
    @WPG

    FLA

    @CBJ

    BUFFALO
    3


    PHI

    FLA
    NYR

    CALGARY
    3

    CAR

    COL

    EDM

    CAROLINA
    3

    @CGY
    @EDM

    @WPG


    CHICAGO
    3
    PHO


    @NYI


    SJ
    COLORADO
    3

    @VAN

    @CGY
    @EDM


    COLUMBUS
    3

    @MON

    NAS

    BOS

    DALLAS
    2



    @SJ

    @LA

    DETROIT
    3

    @STL

    PHO

    WPG

    EDMONTON
    3


    CAR

    COL
    @CGY

    FLORIDA
    4
    WAS


    @BOS
    @BUF

    @NYR
    LOS ANGELES
    3

    @ANA

    MIN

    DAL

    MINNESOTA
    3

    @SJ

    @LA

    @PHO

    MONTREAL
    3

    CBJ

    VAN

    @NJ

    NASHVILLE
    3

    PHO

    @CBJ

    ANA

    NEW JERSEY
    3

    @TOR

    OTT

    MON

    NY ISLANDERS
    3

    TB

    CHI

    PIT

    NY RANGERS
    4
    TOR


    TB

    @BUF
    FLA
    OTTAWA
    4
    TB

    WAS
    @NJ

    VAN

    PHILADELPHIA
    3


    @BUF
    PIT

    TB

    PHOENIX
    4
    @CHI
    @NAS

    @DET

    MIN

    PITTSBURGH
    3
    BOS


    @PHI

    @NYI

    SAN JOSE
    4

    MIN

    DAL

    @STL
    @CHI
    ST. LOUIS
    3

    DET

    ANA

    SJ

    TAMPA BAY
    4
    @OTT
    @NYI

    @NYR

    @PHI

    TORONTO
    3
    @NYR
    NJ


    @WAS


    VANCOUVER
    3

    COL

    @MON

    @OTT

    WASHINGTON
    3
    @FLA

    @OTT

    TOR


    WINNIPEG
    3

    BOS


    CAR
    @DET


    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 December 2, 2011):

    HOME:
    Buffalo (6-7-1), Calgary (5-5-2), New York I (5-6-2), New York R (7-1-1), Ottawa (6-4-1) and St. Louis (8-2-1)
    AWAY: Boston (6-2-0), Carolina (3-7-2), Colorado (6-4-1), Dallas (6-6-0), Florida (8-6-0), Minnesota (6-3-2), Phoenix (7-4-1) and Tampa Bay (4-8-2)


    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 (December 11, 2011):

    Chicago, Florida, New York R and San Jose


    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:

    Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Colorado, Edmonton, Florida, New York R, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, Tampa Bay, 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 over their last 10 games up to December 2, 2011:

    TOP FIVE:
    Boston (9-0-1), New York R (8-2-0), Detroit (8-2-0), St. Louis (7-1-2) and Vancouver (7-3-0)

    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Carolina (2-7-1), Anaheim (2-7-1), Edmonton (3-6-1), New York I (3-5-2) and Montreal (3-4-3)


    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 December 2, 2011:

    Vancouver Canucks:
    25.7%
    Toronto Maple Leafs: 23.4%
    Colorado Avalanche: 22.9%
    Edmonton Oilers: 21.0%
    Ottawa Senators: 20.0%


    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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