Monday, November 30, 2009

Just Fantasy Hockey: Week 10 Forecaster

Heading into December the condensed schedule is having an impact on teams as they are experiencing longer than average road trips and back to back games. With injuries already a major problem in the league, the tight scheduling will help your fantasy team streak forward or lag behind if they falter.

4 Games - Anaheim, Colorado, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto

3 Games - Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Vancouver, Washington

2 Games - Carolina, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Phoenix

Toronto - vs. Buffalo, @ Montreal, @ Columbus, @ Boston

A big week for the Leafs will end with Phil Kessel’s return to Boston. Look for Kessel to continue piling up the shots as well as adding to his goal total. Leadign scorer Tomas Kaberle is at a point per game pace and will continue to produce on the powerplay. With Toskola on the shelf, Gustavsson should get 3 of the 4 starts of the week.

Pittsburgh - @ New York Rangers, vs. Colorado, vs. Chicago

The reinforcements have returned from the infirmary and Pittsburgh is healthy once again. With the return of Gonchar, Eaton and Orpik returning, their blueline is once again healthy and potent. Alex Goligoski returned with a 2 point night but is questionable once again with another injury. Be sure to reserve him for this week until he can come back at 100%. Crosby continues to roll as he had a 5 point night against the Rangers. Look for him to continue his hot streak this week.

Nashville - vs. Calgary, @ Minnesota, @ Chicago, vs. Minnesota

Pekka Rinne continues to help the Predators rebound from a dismal start to the season. With 4 games this week, Rinne should see 3 starts with Ellis seeing 1. Shea Weber continues to lead the Predators in defensive points with 15 and is their catalyst on the powerplay. JP Dumont has quietly led the Preds in scoring averaging close to a point per game.

New Jersey - vs. Vancouver, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Detroit

The Devils have the fewest goals against in the league and are starting to light the lamp more often. With the return of Patrick Elias, the Devils are quietly producing point per game players. Parise, Zajac, Langenbrunner and Elias are all averaging a point per game pace so with Clarkson out 4-6 weeks with an injury, they should continue to challenge Pittsburgh for the divisional lead.

Edmonton - @ Detroit, @ Dallas

With only two games this week, the Oilers are looking for any kind of relief they can get. The injury bug has decimated the club and they will lean more heavily on Penner, Brule and goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. Having only 2 wins in the last 10 games, look for Edmonton to struggle on this road trip as they seem demoralized with leading scorer Ales Hemsky and starting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin out.


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