Fantasy Hockey Schedule Week 27: Final Week of the Season

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Fantasy Hockey Schedule Week 27: Final Week of the Season
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It’s 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 President’s Trophy and, more importantly, home-ice advantage for all of the playoffs.

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

Finally, there are 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—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 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 back-to-back games 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 20, 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


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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 hockey knowledge. Email: brouwer@fantasyhockeycoach.com.

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