The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 03/17/12 at 12:50 AM ET
Here’s what you need to know as you plan your fantasy team for the weekend. Of course, all of us who have played any kind of fantasy sports know that planning and skill only go so far – you also need the luck o’ the Irish. (Thankfully, my ancestry is one-quarter Irish.)
Saturday: 22 teams in action
Sunday: 12 teams in action
Teams with two weekend games: Carolina, Columbus, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
Teams with no weekend games: Dallas
All other teams play one game.
Saturday starters, according to Left Wing Lock: Ilya Bryzgalov, PHI; Brian Boucher, CAR; Dwayne Roloson, TB; Cory Schneider, VAN; Jimmy Howard, DET.
Martin Havlat, RW, SJ – add/start
The Sharks might be the league’s most disappointing team this season, considering their recent play. One reason might be the injury situation and lack of production of offseason acquisition Havlat, who has scored just two goals in 26 games since donning the teal. Granted, he has 13 assists over that span, but those who drafted him high in hopes that better linemates and a better team would lead to monster numbers have been sadly disappointed. Still, the fact that he was activated from IR on Thursday makes him worth an add this late in the season.
Kris Versteeg, LW, FLA – start
Another injury update: the Panthers will receive a big boost to their hopes of remaining the number three seed in the Eastern Conference with the return of Versteeg on Saturday. The Panthers’ forward has missed the past two weeks with a hip injury, yet he is only two points behind Tomas Fleischmann for the team lead in scoring. Left wing is often the most difficult position to fill among forwards, so Versteeg (49 points in 59 games) seems like a logical choice to be back in lineups.
Jamie McGinn, LW, COL – add/start
McGinn has scored seven goals and two assists in nine games since joining the Avs in a deadline deal that seemed to fly under the radar. He and the Avs were held scoreless against the Devils on Thursday, but his seven goals had been scored over six games after being held without a goal in his first two games with the Avs. A player’s short-term value can be elevated dramatically with a trade, so perhaps former Shark McGinn is this year’s trade deadline sleeper.
Jordan Caron, RW, BOS – add/start
The defending Stanley Cup champions are no sure bet to win the Northeast this season, hitting the skids with a four-game losing streak. Nathan Horton’s most recent long-term concussion could be used as an excuse, but Caron has settled in recently to fill the void. Before he was held without a point on Thursday against Florida, Caron had posted points in five of his previous six games, including four goals. In deeper leagues, the former first-round pick could be worth a look.
Brian Boucher, G, CAR – add/start
The overworked Cam Ward will get a rest on Saturday, as Boucher will start against the toothless Minnesota Wild. (Expect Ward to start Sunday’s divisional matchup with the Jets.) Two interesting stats at play: 1) The Hurricanes give up more shots on goal than any other team in the league, and 2) the Wild have scored the fewest number of goals of any team in the league. Boucher might not be the sexiest goalie option on your waiver wire, but the math suggests that he could help your save percentage on Saturday.
Johan Franzen, RW, DET – bench
Much to my chagrin on a weekend in which I need him most, Franzen doesn’t seem likely to suit up on Saturday against San Jose. The Mule left Friday’s practice early with back spasms, saying that he wouldn’t play if they didn’t improve the next day. Franzen is not a zero percent chance to play against San Jose, but he could be your odd man out if you needed to make a decision.
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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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