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  • Week 14: Plan Ahead

    Week 14 in the NHL schedule is an interesting one. First we have the Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers have won both games this season against the Flyers and they have been very physical games. Expect a great game.

    There are six teams that only play two games this week while there are six teams that play four games this week. Make sure you look at your roster this week, if you have the ability to sign free agents and you roster is loaded with players who are only playing twice this week you may want to consider signing a player or two who play more games.

    If you are in a head-to-head pool check out your opponent’s roster to see how many potential games they may have. You don’t want to be caught playing against an opponent who has double the games you do. This is the week you want to plan ahead.

    Games to be played in week 14:

    GP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
    ANAHEIM 3

    SJ
    NYI
    CBJ
    BOSTON 3

    @NJ CGY
    VAN
    BUFFALO 3
    EDM

    @CAR WPG
    CALGARY 3
    @WAS
    @BOS
    MIN
    CAROLINA 3
    NYI

    BUF @NAS
    CHICAGO 4 EDM

    @PHI COL
    DET
    COLORADO 3 @LA


    @CHI @STL
    COLUMBUS 3


    @SJ
    @LA @ANA
    DALLAS 3
    DET
    @NAS
    EDM
    DETROIT 3
    @DAL


    @TOR @CHI
    EDMONTON 4 @CHI @BUF
    @STL
    @DAL
    FLORIDA 2


    @NYR @NJ

    LOS ANGELES 3 COL

    PHO
    CBJ
    MINNESOTA 2

    @VAN

    @CGY
    MONTREAL 2

    WPG

    TB
    NASHVILLE 2


    DAL
    CAR
    NEW JERSEY 4 @OTT
    BOS
    FLA @PIT
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    @CAR

    @ANA @PHO
    NY RANGERS 3 @PHI

    FLA @PIT

    OTTAWA 4 NJ

    TB
    @PHI PHI
    PHILADELPHIA 4 NYR

    CHI
    OTT @OTT
    PHOENIX 3
    @STL
    @LA
    NYI
    PITTSBURGH 2



    NYR NJ
    SAN JOSE 4 @VAN
    @ANA CBJ
    WAS
    ST. LOUIS 3
    PHO
    EDM
    COL
    TAMPA BAY 3
    @TOR
    @OTT
    @MON
    TORONTO 3
    TB
    WPG
    DET
    VANCOUVER 3 SJ
    MIN

    @BOS
    WASHINGTON 2
    CGY


    @SJ
    WINNIPEG 3

    @MON @TOR
    @BUF

    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 30, 2011):

    HOME:
    Anaheim (7-10-1), Chicago (13-3-3), Los Angeles (10-9-1), Montreal (5-7-6), Nashville (10-6-3), Ottawa (10-8-1), Pittsburgh (11-4-2), St Louis (14-3-1) and Toronto (8-5-4)

    AWAY:
    Colorado (7-8-1), Columbus (4-12-2), Detroit (9-10-0), Edmonton (5-12-1), Florida (10-8-2), Minnesota (10-7-3), New York I (5-8-3), Tampa Bay (6-12-3) and Winnipeg (5-8-4)

    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 8, 2012):

    SUNDAY:
    Anaheim, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Ottawa and Philadelphia

    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:
    Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, New Jersey, New York I, New York R, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose 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 30, 2011:

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

    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Edmonton (2-8-0), Columbus (2-6-2), Minnesota (2-5-3), New York I (3-6-1) and Anaheim (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 30, 2011:

    Vancouver Canucks:
    24.8 percent
    Nashville Predators: 21.1 percent
    Edmonton Oilers: 20.7 percent
    Detroit Red Wings: 20.1 percent
    Toronto Maple Leafs: 20.0 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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