Fantasy Hockey Schedule Week 21: Trade Deadline a Week Away

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Fantasy Hockey Schedule Week 21: Trade Deadline a Week Away
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Week 21 is the final week before the NHL trade deadline, and we have already seen four trades in the last two days.  None of those trades will have much fantasy impact, but they will have an impact for those NHL teams come playoff time.

Today the Nashville Predators traded Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Hal Gill and a draft pick.  Gill bolsters an already strong defensive core in Nashville.  I'm not sure another defenseman was what they needed, as they could use another top-six forward.

Yesterday there were three minor deals.  The Tampa Bay Lightning sent Dominic Moore and a draft pick to the San Jose Sharks for a draft pick.  The Dallas Stars acquired two draft picks from the Philadelphia Flyers for Nicklas Grossman.  And the Anaheim Ducks sent Bryan Rodney to the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan O’Marra. 

Moore is a solid bottom-six player who can kill penalties and is on pace for 27 points this season.  Grossman is a big defenseman who is not an offensive guy.  But he should allow the other offensive d-men in Philly more opportunities because he is responsible in his own end.

In other news Sidney Crosby skated today with the Pittsburgh Penguins but is still having post-concussion symptoms.  Rumors are he is targeting a return to action about a week from the start of playoffs.  Here are the games to be played in Week 21:

 

GP 

MON 

TUE 

WED 

THU 

FRI 

SAT 

SUN 

ANAHEIM 

3

 

@TB

 

@CAR

 

 

CHI

BOSTON 

3

 

 

@STL

 

@BUF

@OTT

 

BUFFALO 

3

 

NYI

 

 

BOS

@NYR

 

CALGARY 

3

 

EDM

 

PHO

 

PHI

 

CAROLINA 

3

WAS

 

 

ANA

 

FLA

 

CHICAGO 

4

 

DET

 

DAL

 

@LA

@ANA

COLORADO 

3

 

 

LA

 

@CBJ

@DET

 

COLUMBUS 

3

 

SJ

 

 

COL

 

@PIT

DALLAS 

4

 

@MON

 

@CHI

MIN

 

VAN

DETROIT 

3

 

@CHI

 

VAN

 

COL

 

EDMONTON 

3

 

@CGY

 

PHI

 

PHO

 

FLORIDA 

3

 

 

 

MIN

 

@CAR

MON

LOS ANGELES 

3

 

@PHO

@COL

 

 

CHI

 

MINNESOTA 

3

 

 

 

@FLA

@DAL

 

SJ

MONTREAL 

3

 

DAL

 

 

@WAS

 

@FLA

NASHVILLE 

3

 

VAN

 

STL

 

SJ

 

NEW JERSEY 

3

 

@TOR

 

 

VAN

 

TB

NY ISLANDERS 

4

OTT

@BUF

 

 

NYR

 

@OTT

NY RANGERS 

3

 

@PIT

 

 

@NYI

BUF

 

OTTAWA 

4

@NYI

 

WAS

 

 

BOS

NYI

PHILADELPHIA 

3

 

@WPG

 

@EDM

 

@CGY

 

PHOENIX 

3

 

LA

 

@CGY

 

@EDM

 

PITTSBURGH 

3

 

NYR

 

 

 

TB

CBJ

SAN JOSE 

4

 

@CBJ

 

@TOR

 

@NAS

@MIN

ST. LOUIS 

3

 

 

BOS

@NAS

 

@WPG

 

TAMPA BAY 

4

 

ANA

 

@WPG

 

@PIT

@NJ

TORONTO 

3

 

NJ

 

SJ

 

WAS

 

VANCOUVER 

4

 

@NAS

 

@DET

@NJ

 

@DAL

WASHINGTON 

4

@CAR

 

@OTT

 

MON

@TOR

 

WINNIPEG 

3

 

PHI

 

TB

 

STL

 

 

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 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 February 17, 2012):

HOME: Calgary (16-8-2), Carolina (14-12-3), Nashville (18-7-4), Ottawa (15-11-3), Pittsburgh (17-8-2), Toronto (16-9-4) and Winnipeg (16-9-2)

AWAY: Boston (17-8-0), Philadelphia (18-9-2), San Jose (13-8-5), Tampa Bay (9-17-4), Vancouver (19-9-2) and Washington (9-15-3)

 

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 (February 26, 2012):

SUNDAY: Anaheim, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay 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. 

Here are the teams that play in back-to-back games this week:

BACK-TO-BACK: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, 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 February 17, 2012:

TOP FIVE: Vancouver (8-0-2), Detroit (7-2-1), Phoenix (7-2-1), NY Rangers (7-2-1) and Nashville (6-2-2)

BOTTOM FIVE: Chicago (1-8-1), Ottawa (3-5-2), Colorado (3-5-2), Minnesota (3-5-2) and Washington (3-4-3)

 

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 February 17, 2012:

Vancouver Canucks: 22.1 percent
Nashville Predators: 21.5 percent
Edmonton Oilers: 21.4 percent
San Jose Sharks: 21.2 percent
Philadelphia Flyers: 20.1 percent
 
 

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Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of www.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 about fantasy hockey on Bleacher Report. You can contact Coach Brouwer at brouwer@fantasyhockeycoach.com.

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