The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/24/12 at 01:18 AM ET
Since your fantasy team might be in playoff survival mode, checking the schedule and starting goalie information becomes excruciatingly more vital. Here is a rundown of what you need to know for the weekend:
Teams with two games: Boston, Minnesota, Nashville, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Pittsburgh
Teams with no games: None
All other teams play either Saturday or Sunday.
Starting goalies confirmed for Saturday, according to Left Wing Lock: Kari Lehtonen, DAL; Dwayne Roloson, TB; Peter Budaj, MON; Ty Conklin, DET; Roberto Luongo, VAN.
Martin Erat, RW, NSH – add/start
The Predators are one of the teams playing two games over the weekend, and Erat is as permissible an option as you’ll find on this team. He recently had a five-game point streak snapped, he has points in eight of ten games this month, and he leads the team with 57 points. Alexander Radulov may be the Pred gaining all the attention right now, but the underrated Erat may be the one on this yellow-clad team that gets the job done this weekend.
Pascal Dupuis, LW/RW, PIT – add/start
I’m so bullish on Dupuis this weekend, I added him on two teams. Reasons that I added Dupuis: 1) He is on an eight-game point streak with seven goals over that span, 2) Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are healthy and rolling right now, resulting in endless scoring opportunities, 3) He has scored 20 goals for the second time in his career and is about to crack the 50-point barrier for the first time in his career, and 4) He also plays two games this weekend. Need any more reasons?
Ty Conklin, G, DET – add/start
Conklin didn’t earn the win on Wednesday against the Rangers, but he was solid enough (32 saves on 34 shots) to earn his second consecutive start on Saturday against Carolina. Sure, his numbers this season aren’t fantasy caliber (3.25 GAA, .886 SV%), while the Wings are winless in their last six games. But he is almost certain to be on your waiver wire and may provide you with the win that you need.
Dwayne Roloson, G, TB – add/start
Coming off a win against one former team (Edmonton) on Thursday, Roli is confirmed to start against another former team (NY Islanders) on Saturday. Roloson shouldn’t be considered a five-star option for Saturday, but it’s worth noting that the Islanders have been shut out ten times this season. If you’re in desperation mode, then why not roll the dice?
Radim Vrbata, RW, PHX – bench
Until recently, Vrbata had been one of fantasy hockey’s biggest surprises this season with 30 goals. However, regression to the mean has hit in a significant way, as Vrbata’s goal total hasn’t moved over the past month. Mentioning this may make a difficult “who to start/who to sit” roster decision at the right wing position a little easier.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI – bench/drop
Keith’s five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin puts him out of commission not only for the rest of this week, but also for all of next week. That leaves him available for two more games this season: April 5 and 7. If there’s a possibility that your season won’t last that long, then you’ll need to find another option right away. Otherwise, leave him on your bench, particularly in keeper formats.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
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