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Fantasy Hockey Forecaster: December 10th – 16th

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Pittsburgh gets a breather

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-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. These stats are as of 10/23.
  • 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!

NHL Weekly Schedule Rank Dec 10th - 16th

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

3 players who are on fire

  1. Alex Ovechkin (100% owned) It took a few weeks for him to hit peak mode but Ovy is there. Over his last eight game he has six goals, four assists, a plus seven and 24 hits.
  2. Nathan MacKinnon (100% owned) He’s not slowing down, after being on this list last week he had another seven days with a goal, two assists, a plus 3, 1 power play point and 15 faceoffs won across 3 games.
  3. Louis Domingue (60% owned). I made a plea to pick him up as he sits on one of the best teams in the league. He now has six wins in his last seven games.

3 players who are cooling off

  1. Dustin Byfuglien (98% owned). No goals, 1 assist and -2 over the last two weeks. He also has just six hits and three blocked shots over that time.
  2. Sebastian Aho (97% owned). No goals (across his last 18 shots), 2 assists and a -6 over the last two weeks.
  3. Corey Crawford (65% owned). No wins, six loses over his last six starts.

3 free agent pickups (under 50%)

  1. JT Compher (6% owned). Recently bumped up to the second line alongside Colin Wilson and Tyson Jost, JT has four goals and one assist over the last two weeks. His playing time has increased about 1-2 minutes per game over the last 3 games INCLUDING time on Colorado’s 2nd PP unit.
  2. Mikael Backlund (17% owned). A hit by Matt Dumba has him out for the weekend but he has six points in his last six games, a plus five and he’s heading up Calgary’s 2nd line with young up and coming Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk.
  3. Anton Khudobin (12% owned). He’s stepped in well in Dallas with three wins in the last five starts allowing less than 2.5 goals per game.

NHL Weekly Schedule Dec 10-16

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