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Fantasy Hockey Gauntlet - Week Twenty-Four: Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Montreal, and St. Louis

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Troy Langefeld runs the fantasy hockey gauntlet for week twenty-four of the NHL season!

Is Gionta really back on the fantasy radar? He's turning back time and has a one week sign off - Photo Credit
Is Gionta really back on the fantasy radar? He's turning back time and has a one week sign off - Photo Credit
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If you missed out on the early entries into my weekly series, you can find it all right here: Fake Teams Fantasy Hockey.

In the snake draft league - This was Made in Kariya - Wanderers (3rd seed) was able to dispatch my team, four&half (2nd), 6-3 and Clowe's Bench Pass (5th) sent Too Bad So Saad (1st) packing by a score of 5-2. This sets up a championship matchup between Wanderers (3rd) and Clowe's Bench Pass (5th). In the auction draft league - Don't Toews me bro! - Homer Knows Hockey (5th) pulled off another upset by beating Trevor Philips Ind. (1st) 5-3 and and I, four&half (2nd), was able to beat Jomo & the Smoothies (3rd) by a score of 5-4. The championship matchup will therefore pit myself, four&half (2nd), versus Homer Knows Hockey (5th).

Unlike the week previous, last week was very entertaining for me. Participating in five semifinals at once took a lot of energy. The matchups were tough, as can be expected at this stage of the season and I went 3-2 in those semifinals. Three championship finals await me this year, and I'll play for third in the other two. I also won my consolidation bracket matchup in the lone league that I didn't make playoffs, which seems unimportant, but is actually quite important in the format that is set up for that league. I would've liked to have won all of my matchups, but making the finals in half of my leagues this year is an accomplishment I can be proud of.

Week Twenty-Four (March 30 - April 5) Preview:

Most of us are playing in the finals week, with the odd league finishing up next week. Hopefully you've made it to the finals, but if not that's okay. Every week in the playoffs is a crapshoot and you never know what will happen until it does. Good luck to you this week and make sure you come back for help with your playoff leagues!

4 Game Week: Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington
2 Game Week: Anaheim, Minnesota, Nashville, New York Islanders, Winnipeg
All other teams at 3 games

Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Montreal, and St. Louis each play three times on off nights (all of them while playing four games on the week) making them ideal teams to target players from this week.

Waiver Pickups:

Matt Moulson - LW - BUF (31% owned), Brian Gionta - RW - BUF (4%), and Johan Larsson - LW - BUF (2%): You might think I'm mad to be recommending any of these guys, but look at them first. They've actually been one of the hottest lines in the NHL over the last couple weeks (I never would have believed it myself, but it's true). They've getting lots of looks on the powerplay as well, so you could take a worse flyer this week. Remember, it doesn't matter how good someone or their team actually is, what matters is who is going to produce for you in the next week. If Tyler Ennis returns from his injury, he's worth a look as well.

Rasmus Ristolainen - D - BUF (3%) and Zach Bogosian - D - BUF (8%): I'd actually prefer Ristolainen to Bogosian right now given their recent performance, but they both play on the top powerplay unit and are worthy of a look. Buffalo seems committed to giving their young guys good minutes, so Ristolainen is a good buy right now.

Brad Richards - C/LW - CHI (43%), Antoine Vermette - C/LW - CHI (21%), Kris Versteeg - LW/RW - CHI (16%), Andrew Shaw - C - CHI (14%), Teuvo Teravainen - C/LW - CHI (2%), and Bryan Bickell - LW - CHI (2%): I wrote about the group last week and precious little has changed in regards to their value. The lines are getting shuffled on a daily basis it seems, so it is a bit of a crapshoot, but these are the guys worth looking at. Last week Shaw was the best of the bunch and he helped sink my team in one league as the other owner picked him up.

Alex Tanguay - LW/RW - COL (27%) and John Mitchell - C - COL (1%): There isn't much on the Avalanche that isn't already owned as they are getting most of their production from the top lines (and Ryan O'Reilly has been picked up in most leagues again). That said, there is still little Alex Tanguay who has been one of their best players all year (and I'd argue definitely their most consistent), who remains largely available. If you've been reading my articles every week, you've heard this spiel before, but Tangs can still produce. With three goals and three assists in the last couple weeks, he's flirting with top 100 value, again - where he's been all season! Mitchell has been working on the Matt Duchene and Jarome Iginla line lately due to Nathan McKinnon's injury and has also been producing solid value.

Brendan Gallagher - RW - MON (50%), Alex Galchenyuk - C/LW - MON (45%), David Desharnais - C - MON (17%), and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau - RW - MON (13%): Funny how Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec are gone in most leagues, yet in one I was even able to find the plucky Pleky for the championship week. Look just to make sure that there isn't anything out there that you are missing. Gallagher has been a great player all year, coming in with a season long rank of 62, but he's largely under appreciated. His biggest contribution will be the large amount of shots that he takes, but he's nearing fifty points and with a bit of luck should reach it. The other three are all solid players as well and with all four of them filling out the top two lines with Max Pac and Pleky, there is enough skill there that you should be fine with any of them. Again, a great schedule this week.

Jori Lehtera - C - STL (24%), Patrik Berglund - C/LW - STL (1%), and Dmitrij Jaskin - RW - STL (1%): I know that Paul Stastny hasn't been very good lately, but with this schedule and the injury to Alex Steen, I think he needs to be owned in more than 59% of leagues. I found him in a couple leagues and with his skill, I'm taking a chance. Lehter, Berglund, and Jaskin all get a bump in value for the same reasons. Lehtera would obviously be my pick of the group as he plays almost exclusively with top sniper Vladimir Tarasenko.

Cam Atkinson - RW - CLS (15%): While the schedule isn't stellar, Cam has been scoring enough to make it worth a look. I added him for a game last week and was rewarded with a hat trick, makes me wish I did it in all of my leagues.

Jake Allen - G - STL (48%): He should get at least one game this week and with Brian Elliot's inconsistencies lately, he could get more than just one. When he's playing, he's playing well so keep him on your radar if you need goalie help later in the week.

Eddie Lack - G - VAN (44%): I still don't understand how he is under 50% owned. He plays four games this week and is the starter. He's probably going to play in all four games as they need the points. Easy money.

Hopefully there is enough here to help you get through the week and win your league, but if you still have one more week left, here is a preview towards next week.

Week Twenty-Five (April 6-11) Preview:

4 Game Week: Carolina, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York Rangers, Winnipeg
2 Game Week: Anaheim, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington
All other teams at 3 games

Carolina plays three times on off nights (four games on the week) making them the best team to target players from for next week. Buffalo and Dallas each play twice on off nights and no other team plays more than one game on an off night. Not the best week for streaming players.

My NHL Schedule:

The NHL Schedule has not been revised for anything since last week but can be found here: 2014-15 NHL Schedule . Don't forget to change the time zone to your appropriate time zone. The one thing I ask of you is that you do not take my schedule and use it for your own personal gains. Please do not sell it, you can direct people here to find it, but do not sell it.

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