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  • Week 13: Surprises Abound After the First Third

    The season is over a third of the way complete and there are plenty of surprise in the standings and stats.

    The Chicago Blackhawks are the current leader in overall standings but what is most surprising is that the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild are leading their divisions. Both teams had a major overhaul this off-season and no one could have predicted their starts. To no one’s surprise though despite a strong start the Toronto Maple Leafs are dropping in the standings.

    Henrik Sedin is tied for second overall in points with 40, which is no surprise. Claude Giroux is leading the NHL in scoring, which was not a stretch at the start of the season but still I would be curious to know how many people who would have wagered that Giroux would be leading. Phil Kessel is tied for second in points and tied for goal lead, which is a huge surprise but much like the Leafs he will faded and drop down the ranks.

    The biggest surprise of them all is that Brian Elliott is leading the NHL in GAA, SV% and shutouts. Elliott has a goals against average of 1.52, a save percentage of 0.944 and four shutouts.


    Are we in for more surprise or will the expected teams and players move up the ranks as many predicted?

    Games to be played in week 13:

    GP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
    ANAHEIM 3 @SJ

    VAN
    COL
    BOSTON 2

    @PHO

    @DAL
    BUFFALO 4 WAS
    @NJ
    @WAS OTT
    CALGARY 4
    @CBJ
    @NYI @OTT
    @NAS
    CAROLINA 4 NJ @PIT
    TOR
    @TB
    CHICAGO 3 CBJ
    LA
    DET

    COLORADO 4 @MIN WPG
    PHO
    @ANA
    COLUMBUS 4 @CHI CGY
    @DAL
    WAS
    DALLAS 3 @STL

    CBJ
    BOS
    DETROIT 4 @NAS STL

    @CHI STL
    EDMONTON 3 @VAN

    @MIN
    @NYI
    FLORIDA 3
    TOR

    NYR MON
    LOS ANGELES 4 PHO
    @CHI @WPG
    VAN
    MINNESOTA 4 COL
    @NAS EDM
    PHO
    MONTREAL 3
    @OTT
    @TB
    @FLA
    NASHVILLE 4 DET
    MIN
    @STL
    CGY
    NEW JERSEY 3 @CAR
    BUF

    PIT
    NY ISLANDERS 3 @NYR

    CGY
    EDM
    NY RANGERS 3 NYI
    @WAS
    @FLA

    OTTAWA 3
    MON

    CGY @BUF
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    @TB
    @PIT


    PHOENIX 4 @LA
    BOS @COL
    @MIN
    PITTSBURGH 3
    CAR
    PHI
    @NJ
    SAN JOSE 2 ANA
    VAN



    ST. LOUIS 4 DAL @DET

    NAS @DET
    TAMPA BAY 3
    PHI
    MON
    CAR
    TORONTO 3
    @FLA
    @CAR
    @WPG
    VANCOUVER 4 EDM
    @SJ @ANA
    @LA
    WASHINGTON 4 @BUF
    NYR
    BUF @CBJ
    WINNIPEG 3
    @COL
    LA
    TOR

    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 23, 2011):

    HOME:
    Chicago (12-2-3), Florida (8-3-5), Minnesota (10-4-3), Nashville (9-5-3), San Jose (11-6-1) and Tampa Bay (8-5-0)

    AWAY:
    Boston (10-3-0), Calgary (6-10-2), Edmonton (5-10-1), Montreal (8-9-1), Philadelphia (13-3-2), Phoenix (11-6-1), Toronto (9-8-0) and Vancouver (11-7-1)

    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 (January 1, 2012):

    SUNDAY:
    Calgary and Nashville

    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:
    Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Detroit (two sets), Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Ottawa, Phoenix, St. Louis (two sets), Vancouver and Washington

    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 23, 2011:

    TOP FIVE:
    Philadelphia (8-1-1), Chicago (8-1-1), Boston (8-2-0), Vancouver (7-2-1) and Winnipeg (7-2-1)

    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Carolina (2-6-2), Anaheim (2-6-2), Tampa Bay (3-7-0), Edmonton (3-6-1) and Columbus (3-6-1)

    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 23, 2011:

    Vancouver Canucks:
    26.1 percent
    Nashville Predators: 21.7 percent
    Edmonton Oilers: 20.7 percent
    Colorado Avalanche: 20.7 percent
    Toronto Maple Leafs: 20.3 percent


    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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