Tomas Kaberle is with his fourth team in less then a year after being traded by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Montreal Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek. The Canadiens are in desperate need of a powerplay quarterback so expect Kaberle to get a ton of powerplay time to start.
Finally there were three coaching changes. Dale Hunter is the new head coach for the Washington Capitals, the Anaheim Ducks quickly hired Bruce Boudreau and Kirk Muller stepped behind the bench in Carolina. These changes should pay fantasy dividends for Alexander Ovechkin, Eric Staal and Bobby Ryan.
Games to be played in week 11:
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 9, 2011):
HOME: Columbus (5-7-2), Florida (6-2-4), Montreal (4-5-6), Nashville (4-5-3) and Winnipeg (8-4-0)
AWAY: Calgary (6-8-0), Dallas (6-7-0), Edmonton (5-7-1), Los Angeles (5-3-3), New Jersey (8-8-0) and Vancouver (9-6-0)
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 (December 18, 2011):
SUNDAY: Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Florida and St. Louis
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:
BACK-TO-BACK: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, New Jersey (two sets of back-to-back), Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis 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 over their last 10 games up to December 9, 2011:
TOP FIVE: Minnesota (8-2-0), Vancouver (8-2-0), Detroit (8-2-0), Florida (7-2-1) and Boston (7-2-1)
BOTTOM FIVE: Anaheim (2-7-1), Tampa Bay (3-7-1), Nashville (3-6-1), Carolina (3-6-1) and Buffalo (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 December 9, 2011:
Vancouver Canucks: 25.8%
Toronto Maple Leafs: 22.1%
Colorado Avalanche: 20.6%
Nashville Predators: 20.2%
Florida Panthers: 20.2%
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