Phils Fantasy Sports
(Maximum Sports Channels – Phil Naessens
) As week 20 approaches there are just four weeks left until the Fantasy Hockey
regular season ends. It’s crazy how fast the season went. Please check your individual league trade deadline and position limits. Unless you are in a keeper league making the playoffs should matter to you so do all you can do to get into them! Here is what I have for you this week!
Teams with four games this week are the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets is the only NHL team with two games this week while every other NHL team has three games on the schedule.
Week 20 NHL Back to Back Games
Anaheim (Mon-Tues), Carolina (Thur-Fri), Colorado (Sat-Sun), Dallas (Mon-Tues), Detroit (Sat-Sun), Minnesota (Wed-Thurs), New Jersey (Fri-Sat), New York Islanders (Thurs-Fri), New York Rangers (Wed-Thurs), Philadelphia (Fri-Sat), Pittsburgh (Sat-Sun), San Jose (Thurs-Fri), Tampa Bay (Sat-Sun) and Vancouver (Thurs-Fri)
Week 20 Waiver Wire Options
Goaltender: Cam Ward is back Fantasy Hockey GM. After missing several games due to a nasty concussion he’s returned with two stellar performances turning back 66 shots of the 70 he has faced for a 94 percent save percentage with Ward going 1-1 over those 2 games. The Wild have four games this week including one back-to-back so it’s reasonable to expect Ward to play three times in week 20. Ward is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Center: Jordan Staal has been hot over his last five games with one goal and 6 assists with just 9 shots on goal. His lone goal came on the Hurricanes power play and he also added a power play assist. Staal sees roughly 19 minutes a night on the Hurricanes top line and top power play units, has a season long plus minus rating of plus 8 and twelve penalty minutes. The Hurricanes have four games this week and Staal is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Left Wing: David Perron is hot folks. Over his past five games he’s scored 2 goals and added 3 helpers on just 8 shots on goal. Skating roughly 16 minutes a night between the Ducks second line and second power play unit has been good for him. During that five game stretch Perron has a plus minus rating of plus 5 and just 2 penalty minutes. The Ducks have four games this week and Perron is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Center/Left Wing: Sam Bennet is another one who has been fairly hot and over his last five games he’s scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 10 shots on goal skating roughly 16 minutes a night on the Flames second line and second power play unit. During that same five game stretch Bennet had two power play assists, a plus minus rating of plus 3 with 8 penalty minutes, four games this week and is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Left Wing: Carl Hagelin is off to a great start with the Penguins. Over his past five games he’s had a goal and an assist to go along with 11 shots on goal. Hagelin has been skating roughly 17 minutes a night on the Penguins second line and over the past five games Hagelin has posted a plus minus rating of minus five and 2 penalty minutes. The Penguins have four games this week and Hagelin is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Defense: Mattias Ekholm and the Nashville Predators have three games this week and over the past five games Ekholm has had 3 assists and 6 shots on goal with a plus minus rating of plus 10 skating roughly 21 minutes a night on the Predators second defensive line as well as the second power play unit. Ekholm is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.
Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager.