Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Week 25: Back-to-Back Games

  • Week 25: Back-to-Back Games

    Week 25 is filled with back-to-back games, in fact there are 22 times this week when teams play back-to-back. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team playing two sets of back-to-backs this week.

    Why is it so important to note back-to-back games? For starters coaches rarely play the same goalie in back-to-back games. So donít count on Roberto Luongo playing against the Chicago Blackhawks and then suiting up the next night for the Dallas Stars. However over in Boston with Tuukka Rask injured it is likely that Tim Thomas will start both. Check the trends of your teams to make sure you dress the goalie that gives you the potential for more starts.

    Secondly being so deep into the season teams start to rest their veteran or star players to prevent fatigue heading into playoffs. Coaches sometimes use the second night of a back-to-back to rest some players.


    Here are the games to be played in week 25:

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


    BOS
    BOSTON 4 TOR

    @SJ
    @LA @ANA
    BUFFALO 4 @TB
    MON
    @NYR MIN
    CALGARY 3
    @COL
    @MIN
    @DAL
    CAROLINA 3

    FLA
    @CBJ @DET
    CHICAGO 3
    @CBJ VAN


    NAS
    COLORADO 3
    CGY
    @PHO
    VAN
    COLUMBUS 3
    CHI

    CAR
    EDM
    DALLAS 3
    PHO
    VAN
    CGY
    DETROIT 3 WAS
    @NYR

    CAR
    EDMONTON 4
    @NAS
    @TB @FLA
    @CBJ
    FLORIDA 4
    @PHI @CAR
    EDM
    NYI
    LOS ANGELES 3
    SJ
    STL
    BOS
    MINNESOTA 4 VAN

    CGY
    @BUF @WAS
    MONTREAL 3

    @BUF
    OTT @PHI
    NASHVILLE 4
    EDM
    @PIT
    WPG @CHI
    NEW JERSEY 4 @NYR @OTT

    TOR
    @PIT
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    @TOR


    @TB @FLA
    NY RANGERS 4 NJ
    DET
    BUF @TOR
    OTTAWA 3
    NJ

    @MON PIT
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    FLA
    WAS
    MON
    PHOENIX 4
    @DAL
    COL
    @SJ STL
    PITTSBURGH 4
    WPG
    NAS
    @OTT NJ
    SAN JOSE 4 ANA @LA
    BOS
    PHO
    ST. LOUIS 3

    @ANA @LA

    @PHO
    TAMPA BAY 3 BUF

    EDM
    NYI
    TORONTO 4 @BOS NYI

    @NJ NYR
    VANCOUVER 4 @MIN
    @CHI @DAL
    @COL
    WASHINGTON 4 @DET

    @PHI WPG
    MIN
    WINNIPEG 3
    @PIT

    @WAS @NAS

    When it comes to dressing your players for the upcoming week Ė especially your goalies Ė it is important to know which team is on a long road trip and which team will enjoy 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 March 16, 2012):

    HOME:
    Columbus (13-19-3), Dallas (20-12-3), Los Angeles (18-13-4), NY Rangers (24-8-2), Philadelphia (18-10-5), Pittsburgh (24-8-2), San Jose (20-11-3) and Tampa Bay (21-12-2)

    AWAY:
    Boston (20-14-1), Calgary (14-15-7), Edmonton (10-21-3), New Jersey (21-13-2), NY Islanders (13-16-5), St. Louis (16-15-4), Vancouver (22-10-4) and Winnipeg (11-19-4)

    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 (March 23, 2012):

    SUNDAY:
    Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis 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:

    BACK-TO-BACK:
    Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto (twice), Vancouver, Washington 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 March 16, 2012:

    TOP FIVE:
    Pittsburgh (10-0-0), Dallas (8-1-1), Philadelphia (8-2-0), Washington (7-2-1) and St. Louis (7-2-1)

    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Minnesota (2-7-1), Toronto (2-7-1), Boston (3-7-0), NY Islanders (2-5-3) and Edmonton (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 March 16, 2012:

    Edmonton Oilers:
    21.8 percent
    Nashville Predators: 21.4 percent
    Vancouver Canucks: 21.1 percent
    San Jose Sharks: 20.8 percent
    Philadelphia Flyers: 19.6 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 Bleacher Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at twitter.com/fanhockeycoach.
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