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Fantasy Hockey Forecaster: October 22-28

This week can help Buffalo get back into the win column

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to this week’s Fantasy Hockey Forecaster. In here, you’ll find:

  • Each team’s ranking for goalies, forwards, PK and PP against the other teams in the league. As of now it’s so early in the year that we are using last year’s total stats to run this off.
  • Three players who are on fire (this might not even be points wise, it might be an uptick in play that signals to me they are on the cusp of some point production)
  • Three players who are cooling off (this will also include players that aren’t materializing the way we expect)
  • Three free agent pickups (among all players under 50% owned, preferably some in the single digits and some that are close to 50 to feed all different sizes of leagues).
  • The schedule which will show each team they play and what the individual rankings are for each matchup, this is more useful in the daily leagues where you are looking at individual matchups

Let’s begin!

10/22 - 10/28 Rankings

Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
1 Buffalo Sabres 2 31 19 30 31
2 Carolina Hurricanes 3 18 23 26 28
3 Boston Bruins 3 14 28 18 30
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 27 30 27 4
5 Washington Capitals 3 27 30 27 4
6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 30 24 7 19
7 New York Islanders 3 23 25 3 26
8 Chicago Blackhawks 4 29 12 29 6
9 Florida Panthers 3 11 29 18 17
10 St. Louis Blues 3 3 22 21 23
11 Anaheim Ducks 3 18 7 25 15
12 Dallas Stars 3 26 5 21 12
13 Winnipeg Jets 4 12 17 13 22
14 Detroit Red Wings 3 16 15 14 18
15 Vegas Golden Knights 3 23 10 6 24
16 Minnesota Wild 2 13 14 23 13
17 Nashville Predators 3 16 13 31 2
18 Philadelphia Flyers 3 4 27 7 24
19 Montreal Canadiens 3 22 18 11 9
20 New York Rangers 3 23 10 17 10
21 San Jose Sharks 3 14 15 23 8
22 Arizona Coyotes 3 21 2 7 29
23 Calgary Flames 3 10 25 5 19
24 Los Angeles Kings 3 20 6 12 19
25 Colorado Avalanche 4 9 9 4 27
26 Edmonton Oilers 4 6 20 14 7
27 Vancouver Canucks 4 8 21 2 10
28 Tampa Bay Lightning 3 7 7 7 16
29 New Jersey Devils 2 5 4 20 3
30 Ottawa Senators 3 1 1 16 14
31 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 2 3 1 1

3 players who are on fire

  1. Gabriel Landeskog (89% owned). Despite the Avalanche dropping two of their last three, Gabriel has scored in each one putting up four goals and two assists in three games (two ppp) to go with 12 SOG.
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (75% owned). If I told you he has two goals and four assists in the last three games would the notion of him being on Connor McDavid’s line cross your mind? You would be correct! He also has three power play points over this three game win streak for the Oilers.
  3. Sebastian Aho (97% owned). Sebastian now has points in EVERY GAME this year. Seven games, four goals, eight assists as well as a +8.

3 players who are cooling off

  1. Erik Karlsson (100% owned) He will find his way but it has not been pretty thus far, over his last week he has 1 assist, a -1 amidst 8 shots on goal. Over this time period San Jose went 1-2.
  2. Jakub Voracek (98% owned). Philly has lost two of their last three and over that time Voracek has no points, a -2 across seven shots and not a whole lot else to show for it.
  3. Max Pacioretty (83% owned). Over his last three games, Max has no points across 8 shots and a -2. At least he has seven hits.

3 free agent pickups (under 50%) …grumble grumble Brady Tkachuk out for a month.

  1. Tyler Johnson (44% owned). After a cold start in Tampa Bay (3 goals in their first two games) they have since won three straight scoring a combined 15 goals. Tyler has five points across those 15 as well as a +5. He’s on a line with Nikita Kucherov which might be helping him…a bit.
  2. Warren Foegele (8% owned). The rookie out of New Hampshire (and the Kingston Frontenacs) has three goals and two assists in his last five games. He has cemented himself on Jordan Staal’s line and while he’s not bringing in plus/minus or power play points, he is shooting the puck a lot so 20 goals this season is not unattainable.
  3. Ron Hainsey (10% owned). You know how people will naturally hang out with famous actors in effort to elevate their own careers? 37 year old Ron Hainsey is on the top Toronto line and showing he can still hack it with a Toronto team that is replete with talent. The outcome of this is two goals and two assists in his last five games to go with seven hits, six blocked shots and a +6.

Hockey Schedule 10/22 - 10/28

Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 22 Tue, Oct 23 Wed, Oct 24 Thu, Oct 25 Fri, Oct 26 Sat, Oct 27 Sun, Oct 28
Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 22 Tue, Oct 23 Wed, Oct 24 Thu, Oct 25 Fri, Oct 26 Sat, Oct 27 Sun, Oct 28
0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ Dallas Stars 0 0 vs. San Jose Sharks
1
2
17 0 21 0 15 0 0 16
10 0 16 0 4 0 0 10
19 0 18 0 16 0 0 24
16 0 20 0 21 0 0 8
0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0
2
1
18 0 25 0 29 0 1 0
6 0 2 0 11 0 5 0
13 0 30 0 7 0 3 0
24 0 30 0 18 0 23 0
0 @ Ottawa Senators 0 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0
2
1
16 0 15 0 3 0 31 0
23 0 30 0 9 0 31 0
17 0 28 0 4 0 20 0
24 0 17 0 24 0 31 0
0 0 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 0
1
1
28 0 0 0 31 0 25 0
17 0 0 0 31 0 2 0
25 0 0 0 20 0 30 0
31 0 0 0 31 0 30 0
@ Detroit Red Wings 0 0 0 vs. San Jose Sharks 0 vs. New York Islanders
2
1
17 29 0 0 0 16 0 7
20 21 0 0 0 10 0 28
20 25 0 0 0 24 0 11
22 28 0 0 0 8 0 29
0 @ Montreal Canadiens 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. Washington Capitals 0
2
1
14 0 24 0 9 0 10 0
20 0 17 0 24 0 20 0
12 0 20 0 1 0 15 0
18 0 31 0 13 0 10 0
0 vs. Anaheim Ducks 0 vs. New York Rangers 0 @ St. Louis Blues vs. Edmonton Oilers
3
1
24 0 27 0 28 0 25 16
12 0 4 0 24 0 10 11
21 0 9 0 14 0 29 31
9 0 6 0 11 0 19 1
0 vs. Arizona Coyotes 0 @ St. Louis Blues 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
2
1
25 0 25 0 25 0 24 0
20 0 22 0 10 0 28 0
13 0 5 0 29 0 6 0
18 0 9 0 19 0 26 0
@ Philadelphia Flyers 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 vs. Ottawa Senators @ Minnesota Wild 0
2
2
14 15 0 1 0 30 11 0
12 21 0 5 0 20 1 0
12 4 0 3 0 28 12 0
22 24 0 23 0 17 22 0
0 vs. Los Angeles Kings 0 vs. Anaheim Ducks 0 0 @ Detroit Red Wings
2
1
23 0 12 0 27 0 0 29
9 0 2 0 4 0 0 21
18 0 21 0 9 0 0 25
12 0 3 0 6 0 0 28
vs. Carolina Hurricanes 0 0 0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Dallas Stars
3
0
17 13 0 0 0 13 0 25
13 19 0 0 0 7 0 14
15 22 0 0 0 7 0 16
18 26 0 0 0 6 0 21
0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. Washington Capitals 0 @ Nashville Predators @ Chicago Blackhawks
2
2
12 0 9 0 10 0 8 21
18 0 24 0 20 0 10 16
15 0 1 0 15 0 26 18
11 0 13 0 10 0 2 20
0 @ New York Rangers @ New York Islanders 0 0 @ New Jersey Devils 0
0
3
15 0 18 7 0 0 19 0
24 0 25 31 0 0 17 0
17 0 14 11 0 0 27 0
17 0 11 29 0 0 12 0
0 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 vs. Ottawa Senators
3
0
20 0 0 29 0 1 0 30
12 0 0 11 0 5 0 20
13 0 0 7 0 3 0 28
19 0 0 18 0 23 0 17
0 @ Dallas Stars 0 @ Minnesota Wild 0 0 vs. New York Rangers
1
2
18 0 15 0 11 0 0 28
10 0 4 0 1 0 0 24
14 0 16 0 12 0 0 14
18 0 21 0 22 0 0 11
0 0 0 vs. Los Angeles Kings 0 vs. Colorado Avalanche 0
2
0
16 0 0 0 12 0 19 0
13 0 0 0 2 0 24 0
19 0 0 0 21 0 17 0
14 0 0 0 3 0 25 0
0 vs. Calgary Flames 0 @ Buffalo Sabres 0 @ Boston Bruins 0
1
2
19 0 23 0 31 0 3 0
14 0 5 0 27 0 10 0
14 0 23 0 6 0 12 0
12 0 5 0 26 0 4 0
0 0 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0 vs. Florida Panthers 0
2
0
11 0 0 0 4 0 18 0
9 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
18 0 0 0 26 0 9 0
8 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
0 vs. San Jose Sharks 0 @ New Jersey Devils 0 vs. Edmonton Oilers 0
2
1
17 0 16 0 19 0 16 0
13 0 10 0 17 0 11 0
27 0 24 0 27 0 31 0
7 0 8 0 12 0 1 0
0 0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers @ Carolina Hurricanes
1
2
20 0 0 18 0 0 15 27
20 0 0 16 0 0 21 24
12 0 0 9 0 0 4 22
21 0 0 13 0 0 24 26
0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 0 @ Los Angeles Kings
1
2
20 0 18 0 21 0 0 21
12 0 16 0 16 0 0 4
16 0 9 0 18 0 0 21
12 0 13 0 20 0 0 3
0 vs. Boston Bruins 0 0 @ Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights
1
2
6 0 10 0 0 5 0 4
5 0 3 0 0 3 0 8
16 0 12 0 0 17 0 18
15 0 4 0 0 25 0 16
vs. Colorado Avalanche 0 0 @ Boston Bruins 0 vs. New York Islanders 0
2
1
10 19 0 0 3 0 7 0
21 24 0 0 10 0 28 0
13 17 0 0 12 0 11 0
19 25 0 0 4 0 29 0
0 @ Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Calgary Flames 0 @ Vancouver Canucks 0
0
3
23 0 23 0 27 0 20 0
28 0 29 0 26 0 28 0
20 0 31 0 23 0 7 0
8 0 1 0 5 0 18 0
0 @ Nashville Predators 0 0 @ Carolina Hurricanes 0 @ Anaheim Ducks
0
3
16 0 8 0 0 27 0 14
13 0 10 0 0 24 0 6
19 0 26 0 0 22 0 9
11 0 2 0 0 26 0 6
@ Winnipeg Jets 0 0 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks 0
2
1
8 1 0 0 4 0 19 0
18 6 0 0 18 0 30 0
18 7 0 0 30 0 18 0
19 6 0 0 30 0 20 0
0 0 @ Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights @ Arizona Coyotes 0
0
3
13 0 0 5 0 4 30 0
10 0 0 3 0 8 19 0
13 0 0 17 0 18 5 0
17 0 0 25 0 16 9 0
0 0 @ Winnipeg Jets 0 0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 0
1
1
7 0 0 1 0 0 13 0
7 0 0 6 0 0 7 0
7 0 0 7 0 0 7 0
6 0 0 6 0 0 6 0
vs. Washington Capitals 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights @ Arizona Coyotes 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0
2
2
13 10 0 4 30 0 9 0
18 20 0 8 19 0 24 0
10 15 0 18 5 0 1 0
12 10 0 16 9 0 13 0
@ Vancouver Canucks 0 0 @ Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Calgary Flames 0
0
3
23 20 0 0 23 0 27 0
28 28 0 0 29 0 26 0
20 7 0 0 31 0 23 0
8 18 0 0 1 0 5 0
vs. St. Louis Blues 0 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0 @ Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0
2
2
15 19 0 2 0 29 9 0
14 8 0 11 0 21 14 0
15 29 0 2 0 25 2 0
18 19 0 13 0 28 13 0