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Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Team Forecast

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Favorable schedules, who has an easy road ahead, who has it tough. 1/18/2015 - 1/24/2015. Bullish week for Petr Mrazek.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Goals Against - a low ranking means they let in lots of goals (Columbus is letting in 3.22 goals against per game, they are ranked #1).

Goals for - the lower the ranking the more the team scores (Dallas is scoring the most goals for per game at 3.39 and is the number 1 ranking).

So you want to face a team with a low GA and a high GF. This is based off this seasons goals for and against, it will be updated as the season progresses to be a larger aggregate of this year.

Number of games this week
4 Games: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues

3 Games: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, NY Rangers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets

2 Games: Montreal Canadiens and NY Islanders

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Anaheim

0

0

Minnesota

0

@Washington

@Detroit

0

GA Rank

0

0

25

0

30

18

0

GF Rank

0

0

16

0

2

21

0

Arizona

Buffalo

0

0

San Jose

0

Los Angeles

0

GA Rank

11

0

0

12

0

29

0

GF Rank

27

0

0

5

0

14

0

Boston

0

@Montreal

0

Vancouver

0

Columbus

0

GA Rank

0

21

0

8

0

1

0

GF Rank

0

9

0

25

0

20

0

Buffalo

@Arizona

0

@Colorado

0

Detroit

0

0

GA Rank

4

0

7

0

18

0

0

GF Rank

8

0

7

0

21

0

0

Calgary

0

@New Jersey

0

@Columbus

0

0

@Carolina

GA Rank

0

23

0

1

0

0

14

GF Rank

0

29

0

20

0

0

23

Carolina

0

0

0

@Toronto

N.Y. Rangers

0

Calgary

GA Rank

0

0

0

9

17

0

2

GF Rank

0

0

0

19

4

0

11

Chicago

0

@Nashville

0

@Tampa Bay

@Florida

0

St. Louis

GA Rank

0

10

0

25

28

0

19

GF Rank

0

18

0

17

13

0

22

Colorado

@Winnipeg

0

Buffalo

0

St. Louis

@Dallas

0

GA Rank

6

0

11

0

19

16

0

GF Rank

15

0

27

0

22

1

0

Columbus

0

Washington

0

Calgary

0

@Boston

0

GA Rank

0

30

0

2

0

13

0

GF Rank

0

2

0

11

0

3

0

Dallas

0

@Los Angeles

0

Edmonton

0

Colorado

0

GA Rank

0

29

0

5

0

7

0

GF Rank

0

14

0

23

0

7

0

Detroit

0

0

St. Louis

0

@Buffalo

Anaheim

0

GA Rank

0

0

19

0

11

24

0

GF Rank

0

0

22

0

27

30

0

Edmonton

@Florida

@Tampa Bay

0

@Dallas

0

Nashville

0

GA Rank

28

25

0

16

0

10

0

GF Rank

13

17

0

1

0

18

0

Florida

Edmonton

0

0

0

Chicago

Tampa Bay

0

GA Rank

5

0

0

0

27

25

0

GF Rank

23

0

0

0

6

17

0

Los Angeles

0

Dallas

0

Minnesota

0

@Arizona

@San Jose

GA Rank

0

16

0

25

0

4

12

GF Rank

0

1

0

16

0

8

5

Minnesota

0

0

@Anaheim

@Los Angeles

0

@San Jose

0

GA Rank

0

0

24

29

0

12

0

GF Rank

0

0

30

14

0

5

0

Montreal

0

Boston

0

0

0

@Toronto

0

GA Rank

0

13

0

0

0

9

0

GF Rank

0

3

0

0

0

19

0

N.Y. Islanders

0

0

0

0

@Ottawa

Philadelphia

0

GA Rank

0

0

0

0

3

15

0

GF Rank

0

0

0

0

12

28

0

N.Y. Rangers

0

Vancouver

0

0

@Carolina

0

@Ottawa

GA Rank

0

8

0

0

14

0

3

GF Rank

0

25

0

0

23

0

12

Nashville

0

Chicago

0

@Winnipeg

0

@Edmonton

0

GA Rank

0

27

0

6

0

5

0

GF Rank

0

6

0

15

0

23

0

New Jersey

0

Calgary

0

Ottawa

0

@Winnipeg

0

GA Rank

0

2

0

3

0

6

0

GF Rank

0

11

0

12

0

15

0

Ottawa

@San Jose

0

0

@New Jersey

N.Y. Islanders

0

N.Y. Rangers

GA Rank

12

0

0

23

20

0

17

GF Rank

5

0

0

29

10

0

4

Philadelphia

0

Toronto

0

@Pittsburgh

0

@N.Y. Islanders

0

GA Rank

0

9

0

22

0

20

0

GF Rank

0

19

0

26

0

10

0

Pittsburgh

@St. Louis

0

0

Philadelphia

0

Vancouver

@Washington

GA Rank

19

0

0

15

0

8

30

GF Rank

22

0

0

28

0

25

2

San Jose

Ottawa

0

0

@Arizona

0

Minnesota

Los Angeles

GA Rank

3

0

0

4

0

25

29

GF Rank

12

0

0

8

0

16

14

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

0

@Detroit

0

@Colorado

0

@Chicago

GA Rank

22

0

18

0

7

0

27

GF Rank

26

0

21

0

7

0

6

Tampa Bay

0

Edmonton

0

Chicago

0

@Florida

0

GA Rank

0

5

0

27

0

28

0

GF Rank

0

23

0

6

0

13

0

Toronto

0

@Philadelphia

0

Carolina

0

Montreal

0

GA Rank

0

15

0

14

0

21

0

GF Rank

0

28

0

23

0

9

0

Vancouver

0

@N.Y. Rangers

0

@Boston

0

@Pittsburgh

0

GA Rank

0

17

0

13

0

22

0

GF Rank

0

4

0

3

0

26

0

Washington

0

@Columbus

0

0

Anaheim

0

Pittsburgh

GA Rank

0

1

0

0

24

0

22

GF Rank

0

20

0

0

30

0

26

Winnipeg

Colorado

0

0

Nashville

0

New Jersey

0

GA Rank

7

0

0

10

0

23

0

GF Rank

7

0

0

18

0

29

0

Favorable Offensive Matchups:
New Jersey Devils - They have 3 games, the first two of which are home against the 2ndand 3rd worst teams in GA (Calgary and Ottawa) they finish the week with Winnipeg who is 6th. All three allowing at least 2.93 goals against. Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson have been scoring a bit lately.
NY Rangers - 3 games this week with the first being at home. The book end games (Vancouver and Ottawa) are 8th and 3rd in goals against allowing at least 2.82 goals per game. The middle game of Carolina is an average opponent defensively. The Derek - Derick Center's (Stephan and Brassard) have been scoring well over the last 2 weeks. Beyond them are points scattered all over - Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Victor Stalberg, Kevin Klein, Kevin Hayes, Keith Yandle and Jesper Fast all in on the action.
NY Islanders - Favorable offenses in the New York region next week. The Islanders have only two games one home and one away against Ottawa and Philadelphia. Brock Nelson has found his scoring touch (5 goals and 2 assists in last 2 weeks) as has Kyle Okposo.

Unfavorable Offensive Matchups:
Anaheim Ducks - Just when they were starting to play well they face Minnesota (25th) 2.37 GAA, Washington (30th) 2.12 GAA and Detroit (18th) 2.48 GAA. A true test of their legitimacy as a bounce back in 2016.
Minnesota Wild - A west coast trip with away games vs. the California teams. This could be a speed bump for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's recent hot streaks. Anaheim and LA are allowing 2.38 goals against or fewer, San Jose is average.
Chicago Blackhawks - They have bundled a lot of games lately which can be tiring. Add in 3 road games this week including back to back's in Florida and the Blackhawks might be gassed by the end of this week. Both Florida teams are allowing 2.37 goals or fewer. Nashwille and St. Louis on the book ends can be tricky if their solid goaltenders get hot.

Favorable Defensive Matchups:
Detroit Red Wings - Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek? Probably Petr. The wings have 3 games, the first and last at home. St. Louis, Buffalo and Anaheim are all scoring less than  2.49 goals per game. 
Washington Capitals - the stingiest defense gets an easier week facing Columbus (20th in goals scored), Anaheim and Pittsburgh (both below 2.36 goals per game). The latter two teams have worked towards gaining traction in the new year but this feat will be tough against the best defense.
Calgary Flames - I maintain that the Flames are working towards solidifying goaltending and defensive play. They are my "Ducks" from the defensive front, their play has improved and a week against New Jersey, Columbus and Carolina will help accentuate that.

Unfavorable Defensive Matchups:
Columbus Blue Jackets - They have the inverse of the Washington week. The worst defensive team faces Washington, Calgary and Boston who are 2 of the top 3 offensive teams this year. They might get Sergei Bobrovsky back to face this gauntlet. 
Los Angeles Kings - 4 games this week with a 50/50 split home and away. Dallas is the best scoring team and the two away matches vs. Arizona and San Jose showcase two teams scoring 3.05 goals per game. Drew Doughty will have to bring his A-Game.
Montreal Canadiens - Mike Condon will face two teams: Boston (3rd in goals scored) and Toronto (19th in goals scored) but a rival. A true test week for the team.
Vancouver Canucks - Ryan Miller comes back for a road trip on the East coast against two top 4 goal scoring teams (NY Rangers and Boston both scoring 2.88 goals per game and Pittsburgh who is working to improve under Mike Sullivan.