The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/29/12 at 02:06 AM ET
Here is something to give you an edge if you are in a dogfight of a head-to-head matchup this week and you want to maximize your games played.
Teams playing three out of the remaining four games this week: Boston, Florida, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.
In other words, if you’re looking at any waiver-wire pickups for the rest of the week, you should take a hard look at players from those teams.
But as per usual, here is my Pick Six for both Thursday and Friday.
Ryan Jones, LW, EDM – add/start
Wednesday’s game notwithstanding, Jones has points in five of his last six games and goals in three of his last four games. His role on the Oilers has become more prominent now that Taylor Hall is gone for what is left of the season. Jones should also appeal to fantasy owners since the Oilers play on lighter-schedule nights (Friday, Sunday), so he is a user-friendly option for daily leaguers.
Marcus Foligno, LW, BUF – add/start
The son of former Sabre Mike (who was the last NHLer to rock the bubble helmet, if memory serves me correctly), Marcus is off to a fine start to his NHL career (6 goals, 4 assists, +8 in 10 games). If he continues to produce at this pace, he will have his fantasy owners jumping for joy as well (like father, like son).
Allen York, G, CBJ – watch
Usually even considering Blue Jackets goalies isn’t a good idea, but it’s worth mentioning that York earned his first NHL win against the Red Wings on Wednesday. Expect York to start one of the Blue Jackets’ back-to-back games on Friday against Florida or Saturday against St. Louis. If he can throw together another solid game, he could be in for a longer audition with the goaltending-desperate Blue Jackets.
Jason Zucker, LW, MIN – watch
The first Nevada-born player to play in the NHL, Zucker is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday against Florida. Given that the Wild are dead last in NHL scoring (1.97 goals/game), assume that the Wild won’t be shy about using Zucker in key situations right away. Zucker is only 20 years old, but he was second in the WCHA for the University of Denver with 22 goals this season.
Christian Ehrhoff, D, BUF – drop
Anytime the words “out indefinitely” and “knee injury” are used in the same sentence, the injury news can’t be positive. Although the Sabres are in the driver’s seat for the final playoff spot in the East, they will be in tough without their top offensive defenseman. This type of injury would make it seem unlikely that the Hoff will return this regular season.
Ben Bishop, G, OTT – drop
Bishop will be sidelined a minimum of two weeks with a groin injury, effectively ending his fantasy season. It was a nice run while it lasted (3-2-2, 2.40 GAA, .912 SV%), but fantasy owners can effectively drop Bishop. The good news for Craig Anderson owners is that Anderson should start every game for the Sens as they attempt to secure a playoff spot.
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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.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter.