If you're going to
win in daily fantasy hockey it helps to pull out every beneficial piece of
information out there when setting your lineup.
One aspect that tends to be overlooked is targeting teams. On the offensive side, it helps to identify
teams who seem to be on a roll right now.
More so than individual players, once a team gets on a roll and starts
scoring, it's usually a fair bet that such success will continue in the short
run. On the other side of the equation,
it certainly helps to target teams that are struggling defensively in recent
weeks. Today, I'll break down the latest
trends on both sides of the equation, and highlight a handful of players to
keep an eye on.
FILLING THE NET
A quick look at the
standings shows the following teams have lit the lamp more than any others over
the course of the season; however, it doesn't necessarily reflect the current
1. Detroit - 185
2. Boston - 184
3. Philadelphia -
4. Vancouver - 180
5. Chicago - 176
While these teams
have provided a healthy helping of scoring throughout the season, Detroit
stands out as the team who has surged the most lately. While they haven't dried up completely,
Boston and Chicago have fallen on harder times lately. Over the last two weeks, these teams have
been particularly busy on the scoresheet:
There are many
reasons that the Rangers have climbed their way into first in the East. Surprisingly, one of those reason has been
goal scoring. The Rangers sit in the
middle of the pack over the course of the season, but recently, they've been
finding the net more often. Over their
last four games (all wins), they've averaged about four goals a game. Leading the charge on that front is captain Ryan Callahan (RW). He has been tremendous, scoring 6 goals over
the last 4 games, with at least one in each contest. Center Brad
Richards is also finding his game, with 5 points in 4 games. Marian Gaborik
has also been hot with 6 points in 4 games.
Canadiens aren't content being sure-fire sellers at the trade deadline. They're playing the best hockey of the season
in recent weeks, and goal scoring has come easy. Even Scott Gomez has gotten into the
game. The Habs have scored 3 or more
goals in five straight games. Leading
scorer, Max Pacioretty, has led the
charge with 5 goals in his last 5 games played.
Going back over his last 20 games, he has 12 goals. Tomas Plekanec has also been solid recently,
with 6 points in 5 games.
Over the past 5
games, the Blues have averaged 3 goals per contest. They've managed to spread the wealth around
nicely, as they've done all season long.
Here are a few Blues who have done well for themselves (and the team)
over the past 5:
- David Backes - 5 game point
- T.J. Oshie - 4 points in 5
- David Perron - 6 goals and 2
assists in 5 games, not including the disallowed glove goal last night
The Flames refuse to
go out in the West. They're putting the
puck in the net to on an average of 3 times per night over the past two
weeks. Olli Jokinen continues to be the
catalyst for Calgary. 5 goals and 3
assists over the past five games. Going
back 10 games, he has an impressive 13 points on the sheet. Just as impressive has been the re-awakening
of Alex Tanguay. He has a whopping 9
points in his last 7 games.
TARGETING THE OPPOSITION
When you're looking
at day to day matchups, you certainly should consider how weak the opposition
is, particularly in recent days. Over
the course of the season thus far, here are the dogs on defense, in terms of total
1. Tampa Bay - 189
2. Columbus -186
3. Ottawa - 181
4. Carolina - 175
5. Chicago - 174
While these five
teams have benefitted the opposition throughout the season, only Chicago has
been particularly bad recently. The
Hawks are falling apart, allowing an average of 4 goals per game over their
current 9 game losing streak. If there
is anything close to a sure thing right now, it's starting your goalie against
Chicago and stacking your offense against the Hawks.
A few other teams to
exploit right now:
While the Flyers
remain one of the most prolific goal scoring teams this year, they're also
prone to give up quite a few. They have
surrendered 4 or more goals in 4 of their last 6 games. The goaltenders in Philly have underperformed
(shocking, I know).
It's been up and
down all season long as far as defense is concerned in Toronto. In late January, Reimer and Gustavsson were
making headlines for their incredible play.
February hasn't been so kind to the Toronto crease. They've dropped four straight contests,
averaging 4 goals against in those games.
The Sharks have
consistently been on of the toughest teams to score against all season, but
they've started to sputter a bit in the last two weeks. They've allowed 3 goals against in five
straight games now.
It's no surprise to
see that Edmonton has been weak on defense lately, having allowed an average of
4 goals against in their 5 February contests.
On the other side, they've actually won 3 of those games, thanks to some
terrific offensive outbursts. As long as
+/- stays even, you ought to target players both for and against the Oilers
these days. Just don't invest in one of
those Edmonton goalies.
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