Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - Week 27: Final Week of the Season

  • Week 27: Final Week of the Season

    Itís the final week of the 2011-2012 NHL season and there is still so much to play for.

    The St. Louis Blues are only one point up on the New York Rangers and three points up on the Vancouver Canucks for the Presidentís Trophy and more importantly home-ice advantage for all of playoffs.

    The Southeast, Northeast and Pacific division are still up for grabs, which makes it impossible to predict first round match ups just yet.

    Finally there three teams fighting for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern conference and five teams fighting for the final three playoff spots in the Western conference.



    There is still a lot up for grab and here are the games to be played in week 27:

    GP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
    ANAHEIM 3
    @VAN
    @EDM
    @CGY
    BOSTON 3
    PIT
    @OTT
    BUF
    BUFFALO 3
    TOR
    @PHI
    @BOS
    CALGARY 2


    VAN
    ANA
    CAROLINA 3
    @OTT
    MON
    @FLA
    CHICAGO 2


    @MIN
    @DET
    COLORADO 2


    CBJ
    NAS
    COLUMBUS 3
    @PHO
    @COL
    NYI
    DALLAS 3
    SJ
    @NAS
    STL
    DETROIT 3

    @STL NJ
    CHI
    EDMONTON 3 @LA

    ANA
    @VAN
    FLORIDA 3
    WPG
    @WAS
    CAR
    LOS ANGELES 3 EDM

    SJ
    @SJ
    MINNESOTA 3
    @NAS
    CHI
    PHO
    MONTREAL 3

    TB @CAR
    TOR
    NASHVILLE 3
    MIN
    DAL
    @COL
    NEW JERSEY 3
    NYI
    @DET
    OTT
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    @NJ
    WPG
    @CBJ
    NY RANGERS 3
    @PHI
    @PIT
    WAS
    OTTAWA 3
    CAR
    BOS
    @NJ
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    NYR
    BUF
    @PIT
    PHOENIX 3
    CBJ

    @STL @DAL
    PITTSBURGH 3
    @BOS
    NYR
    PHI
    SAN JOSE 2


    CBJ
    NAS
    ST. LOUIS 3

    DET
    PHO @DAL
    TAMPA BAY 4 WAS
    @MON @TOR
    @WPG
    TORONTO 3
    @BUF
    TB
    @MON
    VANCOUVER 3
    ANA
    @CGY
    EDM
    WASHINGTON 3 @TB

    FLA
    @NYR
    WINNIPEG 3
    @FLA
    @NYI
    TB

    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 30, 2012):

    HOME:
    Calgary (21-11-6), Colorado (22-15-2) and San Jose (24-12-3)

    AWAY:
    Anaheim (12-16-9), Chicago (16-18-4) and Tampa Bay (12-21-5)

    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 (April 8, 2012):

    SUNDAY:
    There are no games on that Sunday as the regular season ends on Saturday, April 7, 2012 when every team in the NHL will play their final game.

    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:
    Detroit, Montreal, Phoenix, St. Louis and Tampa Bay

    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 2,0 2012:

    TOP FIVE:
    Chicago (7-1-2), Buffalo (7-1-2), NY Rangers (7-3-0), Los Angeles (7-3-0) and Vancouver (6-3-1)

    BOTTOM FIVE:
    Columbus (3-7-0), Winnipeg (3-7-0), Toronto (3-6-1), Detroit (3-5-2) and Tampa Bay (4-6-0)

    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 30, 2012:

    Nashville Predators:
    21.7 percent
    Edmonton Oilers: 21.0 percent
    San Jose Sharks: 20.4 percent
    Vancouver Canucks: 20.4 percent
    Philadelphia Flyers: 20.2 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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